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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Farm Show opens doors Saturday

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jan 4, 2013 5:41 PM
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This year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off Saturday, with plenty of new items among the 24 acres of indoor agricultural spectacle.

Never fear – Farm Show staples like fried cheese cubes and milk shakes will still be under the gargantuan roof of the Farm Show Complex. But so will a few new edible acts, like apple cider slushies and bacon on a stick.

The building’s executive director, Pat Kerwin, said new attractions also include a wine grape stomping contest and a polo demonstration.

“But the thing that seems to be getting a lot of attention which is somewhat odd in my opinion is Cow Patty Bingo,” said Kerwin. A short description indicates cattle will place the bets on a giant bingo card.

State Agriculture Secretary George Greig said he’ll be one of the featured acts for the Celebrity Cow Milking Contest, along with state Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver).

“It’s kind of a rivalry between Senator Vogel and myself,” said Greig. “We’re both old dairy farmers.”

Last year’s Farm Show attendance count suggests herd mentality isn’t exclusive to quadrupeds – more than 400,000 people came out. Grieg said his agency expects roughly the same this year.

The show lasts through Saturday, January 12.

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