Nation's Largest Farm Show Underway in Pennsylvania


By Lisa Kunkel

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Farmers, agribusiness workers and visitors who want an up-close look at livestock and farm products are converging on Harrisburg for the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The show, billed as the nation's largest indoor agricultural exhibition, draws some 400,000 visitors and features about 6,000 animals in a 24-acre complex.

The ten day event kicked off Thursday with the unveiling of the butter sculpture, which this year honors the 100th anniversaries of the Pennsylvania 4-H and State Association of County Fairs.

An artist used nearly 1,000 pounds of butter to depict a 4-H member and his calf, along with a fair queen presenting the youngster with a ribbon. The scene also includes county fair booths.

The 2012 show follows a tough year for Pennsylvania farmers, as a wet spring was followed by a dry summer and then severe flooding in August and September.

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