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Tight Turns and Precision Horsemanship Raise Funds for The Farm Show Foundation

Harrisburg - Officials and local celebrities took the reins at the Draft Horse Hitch Contest at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show on Tuesday, Jan.9, to raise funds for the Friends of the PA Farm Show Foundation.

State Rep. Mark Keller, (R-Perry County), bested his components in the competition by weaving his wagon around the course making precision turns and navigating a straight chalk line.

Contestants were also judged on style and overall course time. Sen. Mike Waugh, who emceed the event, said it was a tight race, with only a few points separating the top contestants.

Full contest results are below, along with sponsoring organizations:

  1. Rep.  Mark Keller - PennAg Industries
  2. Larry Weaver,  assistant director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex   and Expo Center - Fulton Bank
  3. Agriculture Secretary George Greig - PA Milk Dealers Association
  4. Sen. Elder Vogel - PA Farm Bureau
  5. WPMT-Fox 43 news anchor, Evan Forrester - Rutters Dairy
  6. Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley - Northeast Equipment Dealers Association
  7. Sen. Mike Brubaker - M.H. Eby Trailers
  8. WGAL-TV news reporter, Matt Barcaro - Hanover Shoe Farms
  9. Bank Chairman Rodney Krebs - Peoples' Bank
  10. Sen. Richard Alloway - F&M Trust
  11. WGTY-FM Morning show personalities, Kim Alexander and Scott Donato -   Adams Electric Cooperative
  12. Rep. Dan Moul - Wanner Associates
  13. WHTM-ABC 27 News Reporter Valerie Pritchett - LifeStyle Foods
  14. Sen. Judy Schwank - PA Mushroom Producers

Kristen Thomas, Pennsylvania Draft Horse and Mule Association Youth Representative, was on hand to distribute ribbons to each of the contestants.

The draft horse carriages were provided by Dave and Suzie Rohrbach of Bee Tree Trail Carriage in Hamburg, Berks County.

The Friends of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation sponsored the event.

The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit for details.


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