Harrisburg - Among the thousands of visitors at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, 13-year-old Nasir had a special look at the farm equipment and other show exhibits on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Nasir, from Philadelphia County, was featured on "Val's Kids," a Harrisburg television program that matches children with loving families. Hosted by ABC27 news anchor Valerie Pritchett, the show was able to bring one child to explore the many wonders the Farm Show has to offer.
Nasir started the day with Doug Ayers from Hoober Equipment, learning about the Case IH Magnum 335, the largest tractor in the entire Expo Hall. He was excited to climb the ladder and look inside, until he saw the Eagles branded go-cart at the Berg USA exhibit. Nasir even had the unique opportunity to drive one of the go-carts around the expo hall.
"I could have a whole lot of fun with this," Nasir said as he hopped behind the wheel.
Nasir also had a behind the scenes view of the food court and the horse pulls, and he enjoyed walking around the family living displays.
Nasir enjoys school, especially math, reading and social studies, and he loves to play football and basketball.
Pritchett works with Karen Lollo and Karen Knodel through an adoption program called the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN), which is a collaborative effort among the Department of Public Welfare, the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange, and public and private adoption agencies.
In addition to featuring children waiting for adoption on television and in newspapers, SWAN also hosts matching events, aimed at pairing children and their social workers with potential parents.
Val's Kids has been airing since 2000, and Pritchett has taped segments featuring more than 230 children. Nearly half of those kids have been placed in homes. The segment is featured Sunday and Wednesday evenings on Harrisburg's ABC27 news.
Although the news program itself isn't usually the only way parents are matched with children, it serves as a way to promote adoption and to get families thinking about it.
For more information about SWAN or adoption, visit www.adoptpakids.org or call 1-800-585-7926.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.
For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
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