HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Farm Show has tons to see and do and in order to get kids interested in agriculture there’s a fun way for them to discover exhibits.
The kids don’t have a badge or a magnifying glass but they are bona fide Farm Show Detectives.
Carrying only a map and getting their papers stamped at each “Detective Station” at the Farm Show in Harrisburg, the kids need to visit 15 stations in order to be entered for a grand prize.
“We have 28 stations scattered around the farm show complex, those stations consist of mushrooms, vegetables, alpacas and goats,” said Morgan Firestine of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
From one station that’s all about food safety to another that’s about goats, the kids get to learn about all things agriculture and have a good time doing it.
“We get a lot of questions, everybody wants to learn a little about the goats. Whether they’re fun, mean, things like that,” said Kevin Reitz.
Reitz and his family have Gracious Meadows, a farm near Williamsport that raises goats.
“We love teaching, that’s why we’ve been here 12 years so that we can help educate people,” he said.
We caught up with Chastity Scheib and Olivia Laudenslager of Schuylkill County after they completed their detective work.
The girls say they saw different animals and learned a lot about them. If one of them wins the grand prize, free ice cream for a year, there’s no telling if they’ll share.
“Eat it all,” said Scheib. “Maybe,” added Laudenslager.
There is so much under one roof at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
When it comes to animals there are the cute ones, just hatched and the center of attention.
Then there are the labors of love, livestock that farmers have worked tirelessly with in order to get ready for the farm show.
“It’s kind of like my vacation, instead of taking a beach vacation this is what I do,” said Abbie Kuhlman.
For sisters Abbie and Michala Kuhlman of Rome, Bradford County, the Farm Show is a week-long getaway with four of their biggest companions.
“We definitely need to work with the animals, they’re not going to be able to walk if we don’t work with them every day. We have to work on cleaning them at home because if they come here, if they’re really dirty, hard to get them clean,” said Michala Kuhlman.
Matt Hauck and his two-year old holstein hail from Middleburg and have a busy schedule between now and Friday’s showing.
“We get here we have to wash them, milk them and feed them, clean up when they go to the bathroom. We have to clip them,” said Hauck.
It’s a lot of work for just twenty minutes at showing but Hauck said it’s worth it.