|By PR Newswire||
|January 10, 2009 01:32 PM EST||
93rd Show Features Renewable Energy Efforts that are 'Keeping
"The Farm Show showcases the hard work of
Wolff said this year's theme - Keeping Pennsylvania Growing - shows how the agriculture industry is incorporating cutting edge technologies and the many ways in which agribusinesses are infusing our economy with jobs and capital investments while contributing to a safe food supply. The show will also highlight how agriculture increasingly generates more renewable energy to help reduce the state's dependence on foreign oil.
Following the opening ceremony, acting Environmental Protection Secretary
The exhibit features 14 businesses that produce biofuels, as well as wind and solar energy. A mobile anaerobic digester, which turns manure into energy, will be on display throughout the eight-day event.
Additional show highlights include:
- Culinary Connection - Back for the third year is celebrity chef Chris Cognac, "The Hungry Detective" on the Food Network. Three other famous chefs will join him including
Richard Blaisof Bravo TV's "Top Chef" and "Iron Chef America," Louisa Chuof Bravo TV's "Iron Chef America," and PBS's "Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie," and Howard Helmer, the "World's Fastest Omelet Maker." Also, four winning regional chefs and last year's overall winner will vie for the PA Preferred Best Chef in Pennsylvaniatitle.
- Farm Show Detectives - Kids can become "Farm Show Detectives" and investigate
Pennsylvaniaagriculture by visiting 19 learning stations located throughout the complex.
- Celebrity Milking Contest - Secretary Wolff and retired state Rep.
Art Hersheyare ready for a rematch in the cow-milking contest. Players from Harrisburg'snew professional indoor football team, the Harrisburg Stampede, local TV personalities, and other state legislators will round out the teams.
- Energy Exhibits - More than 25 Pennsylvania energy companies will show how the state is leading the nation in renewable energy through wind and solar energy, biodiesel, ethanol, and corn- and wood-burning stoves and furnaces. A mobile anaerobic digester demonstration will show how animal waste can be converted into alternative energy.
- New Attractions - New this year are American Mustang demonstrations, antique tractor pulls and a Farm Show talent contest. Also, for the first time, Red & White dairy cattle will have a separate show during the dairy show.
- Farm Show Classics - Crowd-pleasing favorites like the butter sculpture, Sheep-to-Shawl competition and the high school rodeo will return.
- Food Court - As always, the famed food court will offer something for every food enthusiast, including
Pennsylvaniamushrooms, milkshakes, potatoes, beef and chicken.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show features nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 270 commercial exhibitors. In addition, exhibitors can hope to tap into more than
The show runs
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
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