Pennsylvania Farm Show

Farming was Pennsylvania's number-one industry in colonial days, long before anyone ever heard of coal mining, steelmaking, or heavy manufacturing. Three centuries later, agriculture is a $3.4 billion business - and still, by far, the state's biggest industry. It creates $38 billion each year in related economic activity, such as the restaurant, food processing, and grocery industries. Although some farms today are run like large corporations, agriculture is historically centered on the home and family. So it's both natural and fitting that farm life, culture, talent, production, and technology are showcased each winter in the week-long exposition known as the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Summarized in one breath, the event is the world's largest indoor gathering (14 acres) devoted entirely to celebrating and promoting agriculture.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Farm Show, visit the official website at


Photos: Pennsylvania State Archives, History: Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine