Local students prepare for PA Farm Show

Friday, January 07, 2011

With more than 500 thousand visitors each year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the U.S.

The show begins on Saturday in Harrisburg, and some local students are getting their farm animals ready.

At 270 pounds each, the pigs are ready for the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Ten students from the Saul Agricultural High School in Roxborough will take them and other animals to the event where they will be judged on length, weight and other criteria.

"I'm a student farmer, and I've been up here basically since the beginning of June, and we got these in July," said Shakima Bruce.

Victoria Macatee will bring Hamburgler to the Harrisburg show. He's one of two steers going.

"They look at how the actual animal is built," said Victoria Macatee.

Five lambs were washed and sheered for the show. After the competition, all of the animals will be auctioned.

From animals to plant life, the Pennsylvania Farm Show has it all. The Floral Design and Landscaping students put the finishing touches on arrangements that would be judge on Friday.

"I'm making a center piece for a child that might be in the hospital, like a get well hospital arrangement," said 11th grader Joe Terriman.

The teens from the North Montgomery County Technical Career Center in Lansdale purchased their plants, but the flowers are all grown by the students in greenhouses. They are working their magic to create what could be award winning pieces.

"Last year, I got championship ribbon for best design overall," said 12th grader Kendyll Kline.

"I try and encourage them to remember that the idea is twofold, to learn something, and to have fun," said teacher Patty Miller.

So whether raising animals or growing plants, the students who are going to the Pennsylvania Farm Show look forward to a great experience.

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