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That’s a Wrap: 2023 PA Farm Show Highlights Pennsylvania Agriculture

That’s a Wrap: 2023 PA Farm Show Highlights Pennsylvania Agriculture

Harrisburg, PA – The 107th Pennsylvania Farm Show wrapped up Saturday, after eight days packed with hundreds of enlightening and entertaining events, highlighting the Pennsylvanians behind our strong, resilient roots, strategic investments and innovations feeding our economy and future.

(Highlight video by Joan Freeman, BCTV)

“In Pennsylvania, agriculture is our heritage,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. It’s the food on our tables. It’s the foundation of our economy. It’s our future. Our roots, and the progress we have planted and nourished have been on display for the past eight days. We are truly Rooted in Progress.”

Here are a few glimpses of the 2023 Pennsylvania State Fair™ and the bright future of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry that was in the spotlight in showrings, on stages, and in the inspiring stories around every corner:

Without exception, the Ag membership organizations hosting food court booths reported record sales of volumes. Proceeds will fund professional development for their members, scholarships for future members, and beef up the bottom lines of Pennsylvania producers.

Some of the Farm Show Food Court sales, by the numbers, included:

PA FFA Foundation

20,000 slices of pizza, and 13,000 lemons squeezed to make lemonade

PA State Beekeepers Association

515 gallons of honey ice cream served by volunteers putting in 1,200+ hours

PA Livestock Association

40,000 pounds of products, prepared and served by 250 volunteers

PA Maple Syrup Producers Council

60-80 pounds of maple candy a day, using 2,000 lbs of cotton candy mix, served by 150 volunteers

State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania

54,000 cider donuts, 4,700 apple dumplings, 7,000 gallons of cider, 5,000 bags of cotton candy, and 60 bushels of apples sold by 360 volunteers

Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania

8,645 pounds of mushrooms sold

PA Cooperative Potato Growers

20,000 lbs. of French fries,12,000 lbs. of baking potatoes, 3,600 dozen pierogies with 2,000 lbs of sauteed onions, and 18,000 lbs of donut mix, served by workers putting in 6,500 hours

PA Dairymen’s Association

18,580 gallons of dairy milkshakes, 8,200 pounds mozzarella for cheese cubes, and grilled cheese sandwiches using 324 pounds butter, 1,200 loaves of bread, and 320 pounds of cheese slices

PA Vegetable Growers Association

Over 5,600 blooming onions, 7,500 servings batter-dipped vegetables, 3,000 corn dogs, 1,200 corn nuggets, 700 berry battered Oreo servings, 2,000 of fried pickles, 3,300 funnel cakes, 2,000 bowls of soup, 3,500 cups of berry-infused water, 3,600 cups of raspberry lemonade, 5,700 cups of Strawberry Surprise slush — all served by 300-plus shifts of volunteers putting in 2,000+ hours

All told, 2023 PA Farm Show offered up one million square feet of fun, education, heritage, inspiration, and innovation under one roof, vividly illustrating how Pennsylvania agriculture is Rooted In Progress.