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Students Receive Thousands in Scholarship Funds at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation presented 28 college students with $3,500 scholarships on Tuesday, January 10, at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

“Receiving this award is a recognition of what you all have done, what you aspire to be, and what the industry aspires to be,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “The future is bright for all of you."

Since its conception in 1993, the Farm Show Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to 500 junior Farm Show exhibitors. In addition Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Delaware Valley College will award an additional $2,000 to their students receiving the award.

Scholarship recipients:
Blaine Adams, Bethel Park, Allegheny Co.
Allyson Balmer, Manheim, Lancaster Co.
Joshua Beam, Elverson, Chester Co.
Lena Bioni, Claysville, Washington Co.
Chase Cashell, Chambersburg, Franklin Co.
Lynn Finkenbinder, Newville, Cumberland Co.
Nicholas Gardner, Washington, Washington Co.
Scott Gardner, Washington, Washington Co.
Abigail Gillis, Manheim, Lancaster Co.
Cody Harpster, Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre Co.
Matthew Kasanicky, Leechburg, Armstrong Co.
Michael Kasanicky, Leechburg, Armstrong Co.
Karoline Kent, Lititz, Lancaster Co.
Garth LaBar, Honesdale, Wayne Co.
Bethany Leer, Sidman, Cambria Co.
Garrett Livingston, Smicksburg, Indiana Co.
Kyle Livingston, Dover, York Co.
Katherine McLaughlin, Mifflintown, Juniata Co.
Heather Oeltjen-Bruns, Quakertown, Bucks County
Diana Sarnickle, McMurray, Washington Co.
Emily Scott, Tionesta, Forest Co.
Paige Stahl, Somerset, Somerset Co.
Ethan Stas, Latrobe, Westmoreland Co.
Colton Strait, McConnellsburg, Fulton Co.
Brittany Truax, Harrisonville, Fulton Co.
Lucas Watson, Exton, Chester Co.
Sabrina Williams, Genesee, Potter Co.
Kara Zolocsik, Daytona, Indiana Co.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 7-13 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and January 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from nearby Interstate 81.
For more information about the 2017 show, visit


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