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CELEBRITY ‘DRIVERS’ NAVIGATE COURSE AT DRAFT HORSE HITCH EVENT
1/12/2011

Harrisburg - Elected officials and local celebrities tried their best at driving a draft horse hitch team through an obstacle course Tuesday night Jan. 11, at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show, where the elected officials beat out the the competition and rise to the top.

State Senator Mike Brubaker, of Lancaster County, took top honors at the event against ten contestants that competed in weaving, making precision 360-degree turns, and navigating their wagon on a straight course where they had to maintain the wheels in line with a fire hose.

The Friends of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation sponsored the event, and State Senator Mike Waugh, of York County, emceed the event.

Full contest results are below:

     1. Senator Mike Brubaker
     2. Rodney Krebs - Representative of People's Bank
     3. Representative Stan Saylor
     4. Representative Dan Moul
     5. Senator Elder Vogel
     6. Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding
     7. Matt Barcaro - Reporter for WGAL
     8. Kim and Scott - Radio Personalities of WGTY Country Radio
     9. "Smiley" from Hatfield Quality Meats
     10. Bill Toth - Reporter for FOX 43

Contestants were judged on their ability to navigate the course, style while driving the wagon, and overall course time. Senator Waugh noted that the results were close, with only a few points separating the top few contestants.

Some contestants lost points when their cones were knocked over or they did not closely follow the fire hose line.

Rachel Gagliardi, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Rodeo Queen and Isabella Lusk, Pennsylvania Draft Horse and Mule Association Youth Representative were on hand to distribute ribbons to each of the contestants.

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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For photos of the event, click here.