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Celebrity Cow Milking Showdown Simmers Down to Battle of the Western PA Dairy Farmers

Harrisburg - It was a hotly contested battle, but when the final drop of milk was poured, it was Senator Elder Vogel Jr.'s (R-Butler/Lawrence) team that won bragging rights in the Celebrity Cow Milking Contest on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The team, anchored by dairy farmer Vogel, also included WPMT- FOX 43 reporter Ashley Palutis, WHP-CBS 21 Chief Meteorologist Tom Russell, Pennsylvania 4-H Council President Logan Hall and Pennsylvania FFA President Casey Hall, milked an even one pound of milk from a Red and White Holstein owned by Lee and Joanne Yoder from Ridge-Point Farm in Mifflin County.

Agriculture Secretary George Greig, a former dairy farmer, led his team to second place. His team, affectionately called "MOOOoooves Like Jagger" by team members Department of General Services Secretary Sheri Phillips, Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and BOB 94.9 radio hosts Nancy and Newman. The crew milked .85 pounds from a Jersey from Baron-Pride Farm in Lancaster County.

Following the competition, Greig said to Vogel, "I'm ready for a rematch."

Team leader and WGAL-TV 8 reporter Matt Barcaro earned third place with .6 pounds of milk.  Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Representative Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon) and Representative John Lawrence (R-Chester) were the remaining members of the team who milked a Brown Swiss owned by Laura and Bruce Heilinger of Lebanon County.

The team led by Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Gabrielle Murphy included Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster/York), Representative Dan Moul (R-Adams), Governor Corbett's Senior Policy Manager Rebekah Myers, and WITF - FM news reporter Scott Detrow.  They milked .3 pounds from their Milking Shorthorn, owned by Kevin and Natalie Buch from Oak Pride Farm, Lancaster County.

Each participant received a bag of PA PreferredTM goodies, while the winning team was awarded with a recyclable PA PreferredTM tote bag.

The 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 & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit for details.


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