Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
Ella Jewett of Lancaster County participates in a fun and interactive hopscotch activity at Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s exhibit area during the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show. PFB is planning new family friendly activities during the 103rd Farm Show in January, including an interactive baseball-themed activity.
For Immediate Release: December 5, 2018
(Camp Hill) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) puts the spotlight on educating children about agriculture and family-friendly activities in its exhibit area at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show, which runs from January 5-12 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The PFB exhibit area will feature an interactive baseball-themed game, free animal visors for youngsters and a family photo booth.
“The Farm Show provides a friendly atmosphere where people of all ages can learn about agriculture and the people who produce the food they eat,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “Conversely, farming is a challenging business with numerous obstacles facing the economic viability of farm families. We encourage farm show visitors to strike up conversations with farmers to learn more about what they do, why they do it and the challenges they face.”
Meanwhile, Farm Bureau’s educational charitable organization, the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, will encourage children to take part in an interactive baseball-themed activity so they can learn about the connection between agriculture and a variety of items and food found at a baseball game. For example, children may be asked to identify the key material used to make a baseball glove and how that material can be traced back to farming.
Foundation staff will also distribute free animal visors to children visiting PFB’s exhibit area, which is located at Booth #213 in the Exposition Hall near the main Food Court. A photo booth with a farm backdrop will be available for family pictures and for social media posts.
In addition, PFB will have a representative from the Government Affairs and Communications Division on hand to answer questions about current issues impacting farmers and Pennsylvania agriculture.
“Pennsylvania farm families play a major role in supporting rural communities and the state’s economy by producing quality food for consumers,” added Ebert. “During the Farm Show each year, we look forward to meeting with people, who typically have limited or no contact with farmers.”
Farm Bureau also encourages visitors to stop by the area of the Farm Show Complex where live animals are housed. Often, visitors have a chance to interact with farm kids and other children involved with FFA and 4-H programs, who dedicate a lot of their time and energy raising and caring for animals taking part in various competitions throughout the Farm Show.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization, representing farms of every size and commodity across the state.