Monday, January 19, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW 2015

Pennsylvania recently held its 99th annual Farm Show.
If we have bad weather during this week,
we blame it on the Farm Show, not that it's the middle of January !
This is a diagram of the Farm Show venue.
You can see the Food Court on the right 
where we all headed at 10:30 in the morning to 
"avoid the long lines later."




This is just a sample of one days activities.
The show runs for a week
 and is attended by an estimated million people.



Funnel cake and Milkshakes for breakfast.
There is NOTHING healthy here but it's all "to die for"... literally.
The milkshakes and Baked Potatoes are raved about far and wide.
The local newscasters are always begging their counterparts, 
who are there covering the show, 
to bring them back to the station for them.
You see people leaving the complex with 6-8 milkshakes.





These are our State Troopers. They were all over the place.
Where there is food, there are policemen.
We bought some Potato Donuts to take home. 
One of them said, "Hey, that's police food !"
Why do you suppose they have that reputation?



Here they are mounted and ready to perform.
There were many uniforms present..
All the military services were represented.


I wanted to see the Draft Horses but they were in "lock down" getting ready for an exhibition.
We had to settle for..
Alpacas
 




Matching pairs in the Draft Horse Pleasure Show.
That's as close as I could get to them. 
The pair on the right got the Blue Ribbon.







I was really feeling badly for the cows.
Hundreds of them tied with a two foot lead.
All they could do was stand up and lie down.



Big Bunnies..





This was cute..
The food lured them up the ramp and they would slide down the other side.
The one on the far right at the bottom is trying to get up the wrong side..He wasn't giving up either.



This Mallard is huge!!
Blue ribbon huge.





I can't say I enjoyed this..poor things
They look like they aren't going to make it 
but once they dry off and fluff up, they're OK..
They're in an incubator .
 We see them pecking their way out of the egg to begin a new life.




The famous butter sculpture..
Do you think all that butter goes to waste?
(pardon the reflection in the glass..unavoidable)
 




Being a "Farm Show",
we can't forget the Agriculture.
Here are some blue ribbon winners.







Even the biggest Potato has its award..





Somehow, 
even though we walked the entire length of these  buildings twice, we missed the sheep, pigs  and goats.
There are lots of detours one can take and I know we didn't see it all. 
We only had a couple of hours and it would take much longer to see everything. My legs wouldn't have made it.


There were stands selling farm/animal related goods.





This horse was at one of the stands
 and belonged to one of the salesmen.
Doesn't he look happy ?




Being an animal lover, 
I'm not fond of what these poor animals have to go through
 this week even though they are very well cared for 24/7.
They need to be out, grazing, running free 
and enjoying this beautiful sunset.



I hope you are !!

Sorry this was so long but it's a big show....

Linking with
Mosaic Monday




14 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Missy, the farm show looks like fun.. I love all the animals, especially the cute alpacas..Milkshakes for breakfast, my hubby would be in heaven..Yum! Wonderful tour of the show, thanks for sharing.. Have a happy day!

Diane said...

It does look like a big show-- county fair type of thing. I love the draft horses!

Anonymous said...

Looks like fun! The butter sculpture is impressive. nice police shot!
ANn

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

How fun that the farms do this in the middle of winter. I bet there was some good Amish food too :-)

Susie said...

Wow Missy, So many things to see and do at the Farm Show. I bet the food is great too. Hard to believe that butter sculpture. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Junebug said...

Oh would I love to go to that show. It looks like I would have to spend more then one day if I want to see everything. Thanks for giving me a taste of PA Farm Show! Yep, ice cream for breakfast, can't get any better!

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

wow, what a full post. you had a great day. i love the animals. what fun!! was that butter? i have heard of those amazing design but never seen any in person. so so cool!! ( :

Patricia said...

I'm surprised a show like this is in January rather than the summer months. I like how the squash and potatoes are taking center stage for the vegetables this time of year.
I've just put up a new blog post. Take care.

Karen L. Bates said...

Wow, that must have been a blast. I bet you were tired. Great photos, love all the colors.

Lynne said...

Looks like a fun venue indeed!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a great event! Near Harrisburg? And I bet it will be even bigger next year.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I love agricultural fairs with all the competitions. This one is huge and the butter carving is amazing - what does happen with it afterwards?
Don't forget to link back to Mosaic Monday please, thanks for participating.

Linda H said...

I love an agricultural fair! I too love visiting the animals, especially the babies if there are any. Such fun for all the family!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Oh what fun!