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PA Farm Show, Keystone International Livestock Expo Receive Awards at International Fair Convention

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Farm Show and the Keystone International Livestock Exposition—two of the state’s premier agricultural events—were recently recognized with a number of awards by the International Association of Fair and Expositions, acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today.

According to Redding, IAFE is one of the largest trade associations representing the world of fairs, shows and expositions.

“The Pennsylvania Farm Show and KILE are two hallmark events that showcase our state’s number one industry – agriculture,” said Redding. “To be recognized by this prestigious group is not only a testament to the work of our show staff, but to the phenomenal men and women who make our agriculture industry what it is today.”

The IAFE bestows its awards to events that are classified based on the show’s attendance level.

Among events with between 250,000 and 500,000 people attending, the 2009 Farm Show won the Competitive Exhibit Display Photo Series award with a collage of photos from the PA Preferred Best Chef competition. Photos of Bedford Village’s interactive historical farming equipment display were recognized for the best General Display Photo Series.

The 2009 Farm Show also was recognized in the Agricultural Awards category for its “green” programs. The Farm Show’s Growing Technologies: Improving Your Environment was honored for eight three-dimensional, life-size displays created by FFA chapters depicting agriculture’s role in the environment.

KILE won a Cup for Excellence in the Competitive Exhibits category for fairs with up to 100,000 in attendance. The show’s Keystone Classic Barbeque Competition also earned an award for best Competitive Exhibit Display Photo Series and was recognized as an outstanding/unique marketing strategy to increase the number of competitive exhibitors.

The 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show is set for Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Visitors have the chance to see nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 270 commercial exhibitors. Admission is free and parking is $10 per vehicle. Visit for a complete schedule of events.

Media contact: Jean Kummer, 717-787-5085