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Encore: In the deep end at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

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FILE – Prior to the opening of the 98th Pennsylvania Farm show, cattlemen shuttle their livestock into pens for display, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pa. (Bradley C Bower/AP Photo)

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2014 and has been edited.

For everything the Pennsylvania Farm Show offers, one of the most overpowering experiences is the smell. The event is known for being the largest indoor agricultural exhibition in the country, with an oft-touted 6,000 animals that call the indoor complex home for some part of the eight-day affair.

“We also have to deal with what comes out the other end. That’s all part of taking care of animals,” said Farm Show manager Jim Sharp. He handles everything from ordering ribbons to organizing the largest outflow of animal excrement in Harrisburg every year.


Photo by Mary Wilson/WITF

To be blunt: It’ll take as many as 28 tractor-trailer loads to haul away all the manure left at the Farm Show Complex.

Where does it go? How does it work? And who’s making sure the good people of Pennsylvania aren’t stepping in it on the way to get a milkshake?

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