Attendance dips at PA Farm Show this year

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 13, 2014 11:35 AM
Pennsylvania Farm Show

(Harrisburg) -- Wintry weather is being largely blamed for a dip in attendance at this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Overall attendance at the nation's largest indoor agricultural event was about 17 percent lower than the record 585,000 estimated at last year's show. State Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Nicole Bucher says the unusually harsh cold spell was a major reason.

In the ever-popular food court, visitors consumed 275,000 doughnuts, nearly 40,000 servings of French fries and 27,000 baked potatoes during the eight-day show that ended Saturday.

The Pennsylvania Livestock Association sold more than 10,000 roast-beef sandwiches and 13,000 sausages, while Penn Ag Industries sold more than five tons of pulled pork, 60,000 chicken nuggets, 10,000 fish sandwiches and 6,000 whoopie pies.

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