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Visitors Invited to Leave Mark in Stitches at 2010 PA Farm Show
1/13/2010

Harrisburg – Visitors to the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show are invited to be part of the show's history by putting a stitch in a beautiful quilt during the eight-day show. The stitching area is located in the Family Living area of the Main Hall.

Six years ago exhibitors submitted quilt pieces that were displayed,  judged and put into a quilt. Last year more than 800 people came to help stitch the quilt and now many have made it a family tradition to come back each year and help with the quilt.

Last year's quilt is now on display and will be raffled off at the end of the week. All proceeds from the sale will then benefit select youth as part of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation. 

By Wednesday of Farm Show week this year, 546 people have stiched including Gov. Edward G. Rendell, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and U.S. Senator Bob Casey. 

This year more than 90 pieces were submitted but only 25 were selected to be in the quilt. Other pieces that are submitted and not used for the quilt are used to make wall hangings, table toppers and totes also sold at the show. For the first time this year, youth were invited to submit quilt pieces.

Artist Rob Stine created a print featuring the quilt. With only a limited number of prints and quilt patches available for sale, supplies are going fast.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.  Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.

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