Harrisburg - Young visitors to the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show can become "Farm Show Detectives" exploring the agriculture industry by investigating where milk comes from, learning about food safety or discovering the important role farmland preservation plays in our food production, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today.
The eight-day show runs Jan. 8-15, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
"It is important that our youth understand where their food comes from and how agriculture plays a role in Pennsylvania's growth," said Redding. "As 'Farm Show Detectives,' children can learn about where and how their food is made through fun and interactive learning stations staffed by industry experts."
Redding said the stations will feature topics such as alpacas, apples, beef and veal, bees, the butter sculpture, dairy, dogs, edible nuts, family living center, farm equipment, farmland preservation, food safety, goats, horses, mushrooms, pigs, poultry, rabbits, sheep, the WoodMobile, vegetables and veterinary medicine. The stations will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and are marked with a lamppost and sign.
Station headquarters is the Department of Agriculture booth in the Main Hall where participants can register and enter to win prizes sponsored by Turkey Hill. A special map will be given to every "detective" to guide him or her to the 22 learning stations located throughout the complex.
A grand prize winner will receive one year of free ice cream. Five daily winners will be chosen to receive Turkey Hill party packs and each day, a winner will be chosen for the "Daily Detective Prize," a giant cow or truck replica.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, with 24 acres under one roof that feature nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. Admission is free and parking is $10. For more information, including a complete list of the 22 Farm Show Detectives learning stations, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
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