Farm show opens Jan. 4 with focus on economic impact

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 12, 2013 5:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The annual Pennsylvania Farm Show is expected to draw thousands to Harrisburg this year, with a focus on the economy.

The 98th version of the popular event at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center will feature about 10-thousand exhibits, revolving around the theme: Pennsylvania Farms: Growing for You.

New this year will be a display on genetically modified crops, a showcase featuring the state's best Christmas tree farms, and a rabbit hopping competition.

Nicole Bucher with the Department of Agriculture says visitors should learn an important lesson about one of the state's top industries.

"We'll show how farmers grow food and economy at the same time. They provide 1 in 7 jobs and an estimated $68 billion in economic impact."

The thousand-pound butter sculpture will make its debut on January 2nd, ahead of the show opening.

The Farm Show, which is the nation's largest indoor agricultural event, runs from January 4th until January 11th.

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