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01/11/2020

Lumberjack Demo Draws Crowds, Showcasing Hardwoods at 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show

Harrisburg, PA – In the final hours of the 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show, co-ed teams of collegiate and professional lumberjacks gave a Woodsman demonstration on Saturday with events simulating practices used by actual loggers. Participating teams were the Pennsylvania Professional Lumberjack Organization, the Penn State University Woodsmen Team, and the Penn State Mont Alto Woodsmen Team.

Pennsylvania is number one in the nation in hardwoods production, providing more than ten percent of the nation's hardwood lumber supply, and is home to the largest hardwoods forest in the United States. The state has more forested acres today than it did 100 years ago due to the sustainability efforts of the industry. Pennsylvania's forest land area totals 16.8 million acres,

covering 58 percent of the area in the commonwealth.

 

Pennsylvania's timber industry has accounted for more than $11.5 billion in sales annually, and approximately 90,000 Pennsylvanians make a livelihood from the industry. More than ten percent of the state's manufacturing workforce is involved in the forest products industry.

 

The PA Farm Show takes pride in encouraging young agriculturalists to dedicate time to Pennsylvania's leading industry – agriculture. The Farm Show provides a hands-on experience with livestock for youth exhibitors who come from all over the state with varying backgrounds and knowledge. At the Farm Show, today's youth train to become tomorrow's livestock producers.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to our capital city every year for a mid-winter celebration of Pennsylvania agriculture. It is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, featuring nearly 12,000 competitive exhibits, including more than 5,200 animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibits and hundreds of educational, entertaining events. Visitors get a peek into the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $135.7 billion to Pennsylvania's economy every year.

The 2020 show runs January 4-11 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sunday, January 5, when it runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, January 11, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

For more information about the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show, visit farmshow.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Shannon Powers – 717.603.2056

 

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