Monday, January 16, 2012

Travels to the Farm Show

A visit to the Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show   By Patty Latanzio

The Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA is a long-honored tradition showcasing Pennsylvania's agricultural heritage and the vision for future innovations.  It is nothing short of spectacular with championship cattle, cowgirls racing barrels, and educational displays to dazzle the mind. It is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country, with nearly 8,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and several hundred commercial exhibits.  Whether the home crafts, evergreen tree displays, or hatching baby chicks entertain you, there is educational value in every step you take.
As gardeners, our eyes seem to pick out the natural elements of green spaces around us.  
The miniature landscape displays at the PA Farm Show are dainty art palettes of architectural designs and miniature flora.  Even in these small-scale versions of green spaces, elements of eco-friendly materials, recycling, green roofs, and sustainable practices emerge.  The larger learning displays of sheds and cottages showcase the practicality of rain barrels, green roofscapes, recyclable planters, and easily-incorporated garden practices for small spaces. 
The PA Farm Show incorporates science, entertainment, and an exhibition of agricultural ingenuity from farm gate to dinner plate Visitors are welcomed to experience a sense of Pennsylvania culture and unlimited venues of the mind.  

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