January 9, 1993 |
You've heard of the goose that lays the golden egg. How about chickens that lay eggs of pink, green and blue? Inside the massive complex of the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the yearly agriculture exhibition that kicks off for the 77th time today, you could see them - they're called Araucana chickens - and more than 5,000 other birds and animals. "They lay pastel-color eggs," Herbert C. Jordan, chairman of the show's poultry events, said of the Araucanas. "There are some people who believe they come from another world.
January 5, 2013
Film New this week: Zero Dark Thirty (**** out of four stars) Kathryn Bigelow's slow-burning and brilliant account of the decade-long Osama bin Laden manhunt, with Jessica Chastain as the CIA officer determined to track the al-Qaeda figure down, no matter what. Rated R. - Steven Rea Music Midge Ure From the boy-band bubblegum of Silk in the '70s to the synth-pop of Ultravox in the '80s - with stops at Thin Lizzy, the Rich Kids, and Visage in between - Midge Ure has long been a centerpiece of the musical landscape in the United Kingdom.
January 13, 2012
HARRISBURG - A Belgian draft horse died this week during a pulling competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The 10-year-old horse, named Mark, died Tuesday after pulling a weighted sled with another horse. The horse that died appeared fit, draft horse owners told the Public Opinion newspaper of Chambersburg. The Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory performed a necropsy and toxicology screening, but results were not available yet, the newspaper reported. A witness, Tiffany Plessinger, told the newspaper the horse was unhitched after a full pull, took two steps, and fell over.
January 11, 1990 |
Cows do it. Pigs do it. Even educated hens do it. But at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, it isn't causing anyone to fall in love. At the Pennsylvania Farm Show, it is something to avoid stepping in. And with 5,200 cows, swine, goats, chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits, horses and sheep all doing it, production is at full tilt. It, midway through the week-long show, was a 10-foot-high, 40-foot-long, 10-foot-wide steaming pile of manure in a side parking lot of the farm show complex.
January 24, 2008 |
Honey Brook resident Sarah Rose Lownes may not live on a farm and is only 15, but that didn't stop her from taking home the Grand Championship Angus trophy at the 2008 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Charming, her 1,290-pound Black Angus, took the top prize for its body structure, size and showmanship. Lownes also earned a Master Showmanship prize. "I was very surprised, very thankful and very happy," said Lownes when she found out her steer won Jan. 6 in Harrisburg, earning her a $55 prize.
January 19, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Standing amid the lunchtime crush at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last week was a gray-haired man in deck shoes and a fleece vest, animatedly pitching an unusual - and illegal - product. Like a street-corner preacher, Sen. Mike Folmer (R., Lebanon) was bringing his message to the people - in his case thousands of voters he hopes will pressure their representatives to support his bill to legalize medical marijuana. Folmer stops anyone who will listen, alternately delivering a rant against Big Pharma - which he blames for holding up federal approval of medical cannabis - and smiling at wise-cracking visitors who ask, "Any free samples?"
January 28, 1999 |
Even Noah's ark might have had trouble accommodating all of the four-legged and wing-flapping visitors to the Pennsylvania Farm Show this month. Let's see, there were 136 horses, 729 pigs, 624 rabbits, 244 goats, 861 sheep, 533 beef cattle, 521 milk cows, 769 chickens, 235 ducks and 79 geese. And, oh yes, there were hundreds upon hundreds of two-legged critters as well - children and teenagers taking part in 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs. The young people were there to show off what they have done and can do: raising and showing animals and demonstrating any number of important life skills, such as farm mechanics and cooking.
January 6, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Each year, Pennsylvania produces a half-billion dollars' worth of mushrooms, three million pounds of tart cherries, more than seven billion chicken eggs, and what's billed as the country's largest indoor agricultural event. That winter tradition, the Pennsylvania Farm Show, formally opens Saturday for an eight-day run that showcases the many aspects of life on the state's 62,000 farms. This year marks the 97th time the event has been held, with a schedule of events at the 24-acre Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg that includes livestock judging, cooking contests and exhibitions, rodeo competitions, and tractor pulls.
January 21, 2007 |
When Douglas Howe competed at the Pennsylvania Farm Show for seven years as a youth, he won no better than third- and fourth-place prizes. His wife, Jenny, never competed because she was not raised in a farm family. But five of their six children are old enough to compete at the annual state show in Harrisburg. And so they competed this year. Did they ever. Showing their Hereford heifers - young cows - Howe children Austin, 16, Andre, 14, Aleesha, 12, Nigel, 10, and Ethan, 8, walked away with 17 first-place prizes.
January 6, 1991 |
Men with discriminating taste read GQ, and women in the know read Cosmo. For sheep, there's just one place to learn what's cool in wool - the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the yearly agricultural exhibition that opens for the 75th time today. Unless you were raised by shepherds, you might not realize that the way sheep are sheared for shows changes year after year, just as, well, haircuts and clothing styles for people. "Show preparation follows fads, like fashion," said Ann Staver, a Palmyra, Lebanon County, science teacher, who, along with her husband, Kenneth, operates Ovine Alley Dorsets, a farm of 50 mature ewes.