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​​HARRISBURG, Pa. (January 3) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is excited to be part of the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show from Saturday, January 4-11 in Harrisburg!

This year, the PFBC display is located at booths 610-612 in the Main Hall of the Pa Farm Show Complex, and features fishing license sales, free fishing/boating resource publications, and the opportunity to interact with PFBC staff including Waterways Conservation Officers (WCO).

PFBC Executive Director Tim Schaeffer will greet visitors at the booth on Wednesday, January 8 from 2pm-5pm.

"It is always a joy to be part of the tradition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show," said Schaeffer. "Many of the same folks who travel from far and wide to enjoy the agricultural exhibits are also fishing and boating enthusiasts. Over the years, many anglers have made it a tradition to buy their fishing license at the Farm Show, and we make it easy for them at our booth."

This year, license sales will be available at the PFBC booth from 10am-5pm daily. Anglers can also receive a free copy of the 2020 Pennsylvania Fishing Summary, plus other free publications such as Region Guides for fishing and boating opportunities, fish identification guides and snake identification guides. Fishing licenses are also available for purchase online at, and Fishing Summary books can be downloaded or printed for free using a computer or viewed on the FishBoatPA mobile app for smart phones. Fishing license buyers are reminded to be aware of several scam websites that offer to broker the purchase of a fishing license for an additional, unnecessary charge.

Visitors to the PFBC booth will have a chance to see a live Eastern Box Turtle (also known as the Woodland Box Turtle), one of Pennsylvania's beloved, protected native reptiles. The female turtle was confiscated by PFBC officers several years ago during an investigation into an individual who had illegally possessed the turtle, which is listed as a Species of Special Concern, and is among several protected native species that are unlawful to take, catch or kill. Unable to be returned to the wild, the Eastern Box Turtle specimen is now used for the PFBC's educational programs. For more information about turtles and other native reptiles managed by the PFBC, read these Amphibians & Reptiles FAQ's.

In addition to the 2020 PA Farm Show from January 4-11, The PFBC will also be represented at the following shows/expos happening across Pennsylvania:


9-12: Greater Philly Sportsman's Expo; Oaks, Montgomery Co.

16-19: Pittsburgh Boat Show; Monroeville, Allegheny Co.

23-26: Early Bird Sports Expo; Bloomsburg, Columbia County

24-26: The Fly Fishing Show; Edison, New Jersey


1-9: Great American Outdoor Show; Harrisburg, Dauphin Co.

7-9: Washington County Sport Show; Washington; Washington Co.

14-16: Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show; Monroeville, Allegheny Co.

15-16: 21st Annual Valley Outdoors Cabin Fever Expo; Mifflinburg, Union Co.

21-23: Philadelphia Fishing Show; Oaks, Montgomery Co.

2/21-3/1: Erie Sport and Travel Show; Erie, Erie County


6-8: Greater Philadelphia Boat Show; Oaks, Montgomery County

7: Great Lakes Walleye University; Girard, Erie County

7-8: The Fly Fishing Show; Lancaster, Lancaster County

7-8: Western PA Musky Max; Canonsburg, Washington County



Media Contact
Mike Parker, Communications Director

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