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Secretary of Agriculture Previews Virtual 2021 Farm Show Celebration

10/07/2020

Harrisburg, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today expanded on the August announcement of a virtual 2021 PA Farm Show, previewing some of the PA Farm Show favorites and new events to be featured in January.

"While a virtual show will be very different from what we all know and love about the Pennsylvania Farm Show, we've been given an opportunity to think outside the box," said Redding. "We're looking forward to celebrating the industry that has kept us fed through a global pandemic and will continue to feed us tomorrow.

We'll be bringing stories of agriculture into the homes of families across the commonwealth and exploring with industry innovators how we can cultivate a brighter tomorrow together, for Pennsylvania's leading industry."

Anyone can experience all that Pennsylvania agriculture has to offer through a variety of live and prerecorded events, as well as an online resource library, starting Saturday, January 9, 2021. The show will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • A traditional 1,000-pound butter sculpture;
  • Live duckling and beehive cams available 24/7;
  • PA Preferred® Culinary Connection cooking and beverage-pairing demonstrations (with ingredients provided in advance so Pennsylvanians can cook along with chefs);
  • Daily, live-action demonstrations, from Angora-Palooza to tractor pulls, for family fun entertainment;
  • Evening bedtime stories for young, aspiring agriculturalists.

There will also be opportunities for traditional non-animal competitive events, such as Christmas trees and wine. Once new rules and regulations for COVID-19-safe competitive events are finalized, a full list of competitive opportunities will be announced.

Those interested in engaging with the virtual show are encouraged to follow the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Facebook and Instagram and visit the show's website, farmshow.pa.gov, for the most up-to-date information. Full-length live events will be streamed both on the Pennsylvania Farm Show's Facebook page and the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) throughout the week of the show.

“PCN is pleased to partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to provide television coverage of PA Farm Show events across the state,” said Debra Kohr Sheppard, President and CEO of PCN. “For 26 years PCN has dedicated a full week in January to giving the citizens of Pennsylvania the Farm Show experience and showcasing the people behind our agriculture industry."

PCN is a statewide television network responsive to the needs and interests of Pennsylvania and its people. PCN provides unedited coverage of politics and policy, unique accounts of history and culture, and a variety of sports championships and events from the state of Pennsylvania. PCN is a nonprofit and not funded by state or federal tax dollars. Watch PCN on cable and the PCN Select streaming service, available in mobile app stores, Fire TV, and Roku.

The virtual 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show is scheduled to take place from Saturday, January 9-Saturday, January 16, 2021.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers – 717.603.2056; shpowers@pa.gov

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