Most agricultural shows take place in the summer, but The Pennsylvania Farm Show that takes place every January is extraordinary. Dating back to Pennsylvania State Fair in 1917 the show is the largest and most popular such event in the state, attracting about 500,000 visitors every year. It takes place at the 97,000-sq.m (24-acre) Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that has three arenas and eleven halls.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show features about 10,000 competitions and other events that involve 6,000 animals like horses, sheep, swine, beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, poultry, and alpacas. Competitions feature farmers producing corn, grains, cheese, maple syrup, and more. Over 300 exhibitors take part in the event. The fair also features square dance competitions, Ag Ed Demonstrations, The Agriscience Fair, wine, cider, and beer tastings as well as Antique Tractor exhibit. The show runs from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. And admission is free!
One of the biggest highlights of the show is the First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo that takes place in the New Holland Arena. The rodeo requires tickets for adults. Also don't forget to stop by the food vendors to try deep-fried fair favorites, Smokey Cyclones, and baked potatoes. Cider garden, farmers market, and culinary stage host many events and entertainment.