There was a little cow poo on the floor and there were lots of chickens (not good for my avian phobia.) But those were the only negatives that I came across all day today at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. A few weeks ago I drove past the old Allegheny County Fairgrounds at South Park and felt a real sadness for the old days when my dad would take me out to the fair to see the prize winning animals, perfect pies and giant tractors. Today, I relived those days and was so excited to see that thousands ( literally tens of thousands, I think) of others get a kick out of this kind of thing, too. Farming is hot in central PA.
So now, Part 1 of my farm show highlights . . .
The Butter Sculpture
Enclosed in its own temperature controlled glass box, Jim Victor’s masterpiece took over ten days to sculpt and used 1,000 pounds of butter. After the show, the butter will be made into bio-diesel fuel. (Pennsylvania ranks second in US butter production. Who knew?)
Prize Winning Produce
Look at this Best in the State Butternut Squash . . .
And at these prize-winning jams and jellies . . .
And this beautiful friend was charming the crowds!
The show runs through next Saturday and it is a wonderful way to spend a day. Free admission, but parking is $10. It’s a real bargain. Tomorrow, I’ll fill you in on some of my favorite PA made food products at the show.