Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on Wednesday previewed some of the events that will be featured at the virtual 2021 Farm Show, scheduled for Jan. 9-16.
He announced in August that there would be no in-person events for the Farm Show to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. No livestock shows will be held at the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, although discussions are ongoing about ways to engage the state's 4-H youth.
"I have a mixed reaction," Michele Brown of Cold Creek Farms, beef producers in Kempton, said Wednesday.
• A traditional 1,000-pound butter sculpture.
• Live duckling and beehive cams available 24/7.
• PA Preferred Culinary Connection cooking and beverage-pairing demonstrations (with ingredients provided in advance so Pennsylvanians can cook along with chefs).
• Daily, live-action demonstrations, from Angora-Palooza to tractor pulls, for family fun entertainment.
There will also be traditional non-animal competitive events with commodities such as Christmas trees and wine. Once new rules for COVID-19 safe competitive events are finalized, a full list of competitive opportunities will be announced, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Follow the Farm Show on Facebook and Instagram, and visit the show’s website, farmshow.pa.gov, for updated information. Full-length live events will be streamed both on the Pennsylvania Farm Show’s Facebook page and the Pennsylvania Cable Network throughout the week of the show.