What Time is It? Farm Show Time!

Last week's post has info on Trails of History events through Jan. 10, and the January program page has info for the rest of the month.

It's the week after New Year's, and you know what that means. The gyms are packed, the produce department is depleted, and everybody's being extra nice. But it also means Pennsylvania Farm Show Week!!! Where you can eat your weight in fried mushrooms and potato donuts (it's tradition) while exploring the latest in farm machinery and learn about new developments in agricultural science and so much more (see visitors guide for all the details). Not to mention the butter sculpture!

PHMC staff and volunteers will be at the Farm Show highlighting the agency's many program areas. The popular Historical Marker scavenger hunt will explore food- and agriculture-related markers (download Scavenger Hunt brochure to get you started). The archaeologists will be there with their replica dugout canoe and lots of info on their work. Staff from the Pennsylvania State Archives will assist show-goers with free genealogy searches as part of PHMC's partnership with Ancestry.com. (PLEASE NOTE: the Archives Research Room will be closed January 5-12 so that staff can be at the Farm Show.)

Be sure to visit with representatives from The State Museum of Pennsylvania and talk to staff from the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation about the benefits of membership. (If you're attending the Farm Show from out of town, don't forget that there's a free weekday shuttle to the Capitol Complex in downtown Harrisburg so that you can visit The State Museum of PA.)

You'll find all of these wonderful folks in Booth #687 and #688, in Main Hall East near the Maclay Street side of the Farm Show Complex (that's also where the butter sculpture is displayed).

Draft horses in barn at Landis Valley Museum
Hank and Hunter at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum (via Facebook)
On Wednesday and maybe Thursday, you'll find Hank and Hunter, a pair of Black Clydesdales from Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, competing with other draft horses in New Holland Arena and/or the Equine Arena (check the schedule for times).

To plan your visit to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, check the Tips and Maps page. To keep in touch via social media, follow PA Farm Show on Facebook or #PAFarmShow and #PAFS19 on Twitter.

I'll try to add PHMC updates to this post as the week progresses (in between slurps of chocolate milkshake).


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