Pennsylvania Farm Show returns with new attractions

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The Pennsylvania Farm Show is returning with a few new attractions this year.

Harrisburg is hosting the 102nd annual show, from Jan. 5 through Jan. 13. The show boasts nearly 6,000 animals and 300 commercial exhibits.

Officials are debuting a collection of new displays that include a green farming area, a hemp exhibit and a cow birthing center.

Visitors will have a chance to talk to local farmers about green agriculture methods in the "Diversity on Display" section. Pennsylvania farmers are gravitating toward cover crops and no-till practices that produce healthier soil and cleaner water.

Patrons can view hemp mill stones and seed pressing demonstrations at a display sponsored by the Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council. The plant was outlawed in the 1930s but is making a strong industrial return as a legal crop.

Four Lancaster County farms are bringing in a group of cows for live birth viewings in the "Calving Corner." Veterinarians will answer questions during the workshop and the births will be streamed at the "Calving Corner" website .

Fan favorites like the duckling slide and chick hatch display return. Patrons will also get a chance to sample an assortment of food including pulled pork sandwiches and cookies.

Visitors can take in the show's share of agricultural art and live entertainment. This year's butter sculpture highlights the state's dairy industry.

More information can be found at the show website,

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