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Wolf Administration to Honor Military Service Members and Veterans at the 2019 PA Farm Show

Harrisburg, PA - Secretary Russell Redding and Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, today announced that the Department of Agriculture and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will join forces to recognize veterans and military service members on Thursday, January 10, at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

“Both military members and those in agriculture are tasked with serving their communities; one providing safety and the other providing sustenance,” said Sec. Redding. “On this important day that we hold each year during Farm Show, we show them both our appreciation, we honor their contributions, and we tell their stories.”

Thursday—Veterans, Military and Their Families Day—is a day to honor those who have served and highlight their connection to our agriculture and food systems. During the event, the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Veterans Outreach Van will be present and staffed with Accredited Veteran Service Officers to provide information and assistance to veterans and family members who may be eligible for programs, benefits and services.

"The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the perfect opportunity for us to reach a good percentage of Pennsylvania's nearly 800,000 veterans and their families," said Carrelli. "We are grateful to the Department of Agriculture for giving us this opportunity to exhibit and we encourage attendees to stop by our Mobile Veterans Outreach Van anytime throughout the week and talk to one of our Accredited Veteran Service Officers to learn more about the benefits they have earned through their service to our country."

Sec. Redding and Gen. Carrelli recently teamed up to record a special Veterans Day video message and 2019 PA Farm Show Invitation that can be viewed online.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, will be held January 5-11 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and January 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibitors. According to the most recent report issued by the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau, the annual show has an estimated economic impact of $95 million to the south-central Pennsylvania region, supporting more than 18,000 jobs over the course of the week-long event.

For more information about the 2019 show, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers, PDA - 717-783-2628

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