The History of The PA Farm Show

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In the 17th century, the state of Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, originally came up with the idea to organize an agricultural event where farmers from all over the region could come to learn new techniques and share their knowledge. For many years these events took place in various places across the keystone state. Eventually, the show evolved into a much bigger affair with the addition of food and festivities and was moved to the capital city of Harrisburg, where it has remained ever since. 

The PA Farm Show as we know it today began in 1917 when two brothers, William and Thomas Price, decided to host a three-day event to promote the state’s agricultural products. Since then, the festival has been a staple of Pennsylvania culture. It’s the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the United States and attracts visitors from all over the world. That “first” PA Farm Show featured displays of livestock, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, grains, and even automobiles.

The PA Farm Show Today

Today, the PA Farm Show has grown into a week-long extravaganza with thousands of animals, as well as hundreds of competitive exhibits and commercial vendors. It’s held annually in January at the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. It’s a great opportunity for locals to show off their agricultural and culinary skills. Attendees can watch livestock competitions, check out the PA Preferred products and recipes, and sample some delicious PA-grown foods.

The PA Farm Show is also a great way for businesses to network and engage with potential customers and colleges. During the event, local businesses have the opportunity to showcase their goods and services to thousands of visitors every year. In addition, local charities benefit from donations made during the show.

The PA Farm Show is not just about agriculture, however. It’s also a great place for families to have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime. The PA Farm Show features carnival rides, live entertainment, food vendors, craft demonstrations, and more.

Join Us on January 7th – 14th, 2023

Whether you’re looking for an exciting family outing or a way to support Pennsylvania agriculture, the PA Farm Show is a great choice. This event is an important relic of Pennsylvania culture and it truly offers something for everyone. At the 2023 PA Farm Show, the Pennsylvania Wine Association will be featuring 24 different PA wineries from all across the state. So make sure to visit the PA Farm Show from January 7th to the 14th — you won’t be disappointed.

Pennsylvania Wine Association

The PWA is a non-profit trade association and an advocate on behalf of the state’s burgeoning multi-billion dollar wine industry. We are here to educate the public about the incredible wine that is being produced across Pennsylvania, and to support the winemakers spearheading this movement. As you travel the 14,000+ acres of wine land across Pennsylvania, visit our website or download our mobile app for the most up-to-date information on Pennsylvania Wine.

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