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ELCO FFA ‘Smokes’ the Competition in ‘Keep PA Growing’ Farm Show Exhibit Competition

Harrisburg – Eastern Lebanon County (ELCO) FFA placed first in the “Keeping PA Growing: Open for Business” exhibit competition, topping seven other FFA chapters from throughout the state with their Seltzer’s Smokehouse Meats display, at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Agricultural education students partnered with leading food business to design life-sized exhibit showcasing locally produced food. The displays demonstrated the production and manufacturing process, and on a designated day, featured food samples. 

ELCO FFA was also voted “People’s Choice,” with their display that featured a smokehouse, product display and processing demonstration. More visitors voted for the honor than ever before in the contest’s five-year history.

Lancaster County’s Pequea Valley FFA earned Reserve Best of Show honors with their Herr Food display. The centerpiece of the exhibit was an antique tractor.

In addition to the funds awarded to the winners, each chapter received a monetary prize for their efforts, sponsored by Lancaster Farming.

The topics of the remaining displays were:
• Bermudian Springs High School partnering with Certified Angus Beef and SYSCO;
• Biglerville High School partnering with Knouse Foods;
• Chambersburg Area Senior High School partnering with Bell & Evans and Farmer’s Pride;
• Manheim Central High School partnering with Kreider Farms;
• Midd-West High School partnering with Furmano’s; and
• Penn Manor High School partnering with Turkey Hill.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 270 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. For more information, visit


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