“It’s exciting to have them back. This is great news in several ways. For one, the poultry are a favorite display that showcases some unique breeds. But also, it’s an indicator that the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza has lessened enough that we feel that our birds will be safe to join us at the farm show,” said Will Nichols, spokesman of the agriculture department. “The birds are also a personal favorite display of mine. I missed the cacophony last year, and am looking forward to seeing them this year.”
The theme of the 101st edition of the show is “Our Commonwealth’s Blue Ribbon Experience.” It is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits.
This year’s show features a special day for veterans with the state Department of Agriculture partnering with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to plan activities for Veterans, Military and their Families Day on Thursday (January 12).
“Our servicemen and women sacrifice so much for our country, and when returning home, we need to ensure that they have opportunities in the workforce. Veterans possess a variety of skills that are needed in the agriculture industry,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding in a statement. “By showcasing their talents at the largest indoor agricultural exhibition in the country, we are creating a conversation and a pathway to help veterans discover new occupational opportunities. It is our honor not only to recognize them, but also to thank them for their service.”
The show continues through January 15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Admission is free.