Harrisburg - Young visitors to the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show can become "Farm Show Detectives" at 22 learning stations and investigate where milk comes from, measure their height in horse hands and learn the important connection between bees and the food supply.
The eight-day show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
"Each year, thousands of children become Farm Show Detectives and learn where their food comes from," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "These fun, interactive learning stations staffed by industry experts play a vital role in the future of our agriculture industry, because they are helping to build the important relationship between producer and consumer."
Greig said the stations will feature topics such as 4-H, alpacas, apples, beef and veal, bees and honey, beetles and bugs, the butter sculpture, dairy, edible nuts, farm equipment, farmland preservation, food safety, goats, horses, mushrooms, pigs, poultry, rabbits, sheep, vegetables, veterinary medicine and the WoodMobile. The stations will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 7 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. Completed maps can be dropped off at the department's booth or at the Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators booth in the Expo Hall.
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 300 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.