Young competitor shows steer in Junior Livestock Sale
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Pa. Farm Show competition: Bring it on!

Pennsylvania Farm Show opens 2018 with one of the first and largest competitive indoor events in the nation.

Pennsylvania Farm Show draws nearly 6,000 animals and 10,000 competitive exhibits — everything from Alpacas and Angus to wines, wools and wreaths. It’s all indoors and opens to the public Jan. 6-12 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and finishes up Jan. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s open only for livestock judging on Jan. 5.

Since livestock judging is the biggest farm family draw and there are a number of changes, check the accompanying schedule. With so many breeds and entries, open beef cattle judging is split into two days.

What’s new
Here’s the short of a long list:

• Bid on a bunny. Rabbits debut in the Junior Livestock Sale. Note: Not all 1,500 are for sale.

Calving corner. Witness new arrivals via the miracle of bovine births.

• Cider competition. Winning entries will be announced and displayed.

• High-tunnel it. A passive solar high tunnel will host small farming round tables, beginning farmer idea swaps and organic ag discussions.

• Organic explosion. Check out the wormy Rodale exhibit and new organic produce entries.

• Tractor restoration. Catch the antique tractor restoration session at 9 a.m. on Jan. 13.

Do you rodeo?
You’ll have five chances to catch live rodeo action. The Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Championship breaks out of the gate twice on Saturday, Jan. 6 in the Farm Show’s New Holland Large Arena.

The First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo, tagged as the greatest show on dirt, also takes place in that arena at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11-12, and at 5 p.m. on Jan. 15. Events include barrel racing, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. Thursday night is family and military night. All members of the military get a free ticket at the door by presenting military IDs.

For more details, visit:

Livestock judging, sales events

Friday, Jan. 5 (Judging only, closed to public)
8 a.m. — Open beef cattle (Shorthorn, Maine-Anjou, MaineTainer, all other breeds)
10 a.m. — Swine: all breeds
3 p.m. — Draft horses

Saturday, Jan. 6
8 a.m. — Supreme Champion bred gilt
9 a.m. — Swine sale
4 p.m. — Junior market goat     
9 p.m. — Grand Champion junior market goat

Sunday, Jan. 7
8 a.m. — Junior beef breeding cattle, Junior market lamb
12 p.m. — Draft horse hitch
2 p.m. — Junior market steer
3 p.m. — Grand Champion junior market lamb
5 p.m. — Grand champion junior market steer

Monday, Jan. 8
8 a.m. — Junior market swine, Open beef cattle (Angus, Hereford, Limousin, Simmental)
6 p.m. — Mini horse pull

Tuesday, Jan. 9
8 a.m. — Alpaca show
9 a.m. — Pony pulling
9:30 a.m. — Sale of Champions
10:30 a.m. — Junior livestock sale
1 p.m. — Horse pulling
5 p.m. — Draft horse hitch and drive
6 p.m. — Celebrity draft horse team driving

Thursday, Jan. 11
8 a.m. — Junior dairy goat, Junior breeding sheep
8:30 a.m. — Draft horse pleasure
3:30 p.m. — Junior meat breeding goat

Friday, Jan. 12
8 a.m. — Breeding sheep, Dairy cattle, Open dairy goat
11 a.m. — Draft horse hitch and drive

Saturday, Jan. 13
8 a.m. Meat breed sheep, Boer goats

Keystone Farm Show opens Jan. 9

The 2018 Keystone Farm Show, held at the York Expo Center in York, Pa., runs from Jan. 9-11. It is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. This farm machinery and agribusiness services event features close to 400 exhibitors — Pennsylvania’s largest winter commercial ag show.


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