100th Farm Show time!

By on January 6, 2016

UntitledThis year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show marks its 100th anniversary. The largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits, the PA Farm Show is held Jan. 9-16 at the PA Farm Show Complex, 2302 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg. The show is open noon to 9 p.m. each day.

Sixty-four first place blue ribbons were awarded to residents of Ephrata and the Cocalico area at the 2015 Farm Show.

Ephrata winners

Kevin Pfautz, of Pfautz Show Pigs got won two blue ribbons: Swine, Berkshire, Berkshire February Gilts; and Swine, Yorkshire, Yorkshire Reserve Champion.

Madison Weaver won a blue ribbon for Junior Market Animals, Jr. Crossbred Beef Steers, Crossbred Reserve Champion Lightweight.

Cocalico area winners

Conlan Kershner of Adamstown won a blue ribbon in instrumental performance in Farm Show’s Got Talent;

The Sensenig Family of Denver got four blue ribbons in the Family Living/Textile division. Laura Sensenig’s award was for Separates – Coat or Jacket – Non-Tailored. Natalie Sensenig won for Senior Project – Section 11 – Tailored Garment. Elaine Sensenig won two blues for Fashions with Flair, Formal/Wedding and Clothing Textile Open, Youth or Adult Dress – Special Occasion.

Polish rabbits were a successful endeavor for the Martins of Denver. Francine Martin got four blue ribbons: Open Classes, Polish – Black; Youth Classes, Polish – Black; Best Opposite Sex of Variety, Polish – Black – Best Opp. Sex of Variety; Best Opposite Sex of Breed, Polish – Best Opposite Sex of Breed. Hilton Martin won two blue ribbons: Open Classes, Polish – Red-Eyed White. Maxwell Martin won two blues: Open Classes, Polish – Red-Eyed White; and Best Opposite Sex of Variety, Polish – Red-eyed White – Best Opposite Sex of Variety.

Lydia Best, Reinholds, won two blue ribbons: Junior Market Animal, Southdown Market Lamb   Purebred, Southdown Market Lamb Heavyweight; and Southdown Market Lamb; Southdown Market Lamb Reserve Champion.

Jeff Bollinger, of Blue Spruce Suffolks, Reinholds, cleaned up, winning five blue ribbons for his Suffolk sheep: Sheep Suffolk Suffolk Fall Ram Lamb Late Spring Ram Lamb, Yearling Ewe Pair of Yearling Ewes Late Spring Ewe Lamb, and Reserve Champion Ewe.

Joe Zimmerman, of Reinholds won a blue ribbon for: Junior Market Animals,      Skillathon-Outstanding Young Shepherd, Jr Breed Sheep – Division III (2000-2002).

Jason Zimmerman, of Reinholds, won four blue ribbons for his sheep and lambs: Jr. Shropshire Breeding, Shropshire Yearling Ewe; Jr. Shropshire Breeding, Shropshire Champion Ewe; Junior Market Animals, Southdown Market Lamb, Purebred Southdown Market Lamb Mediumweight; and Junior Market Animals, Southdown Market Lamb, Southdown Market Lamb Champion.

Jade Zimmerman, of Reinholds, won six blue ribbons for the following: Sheep Youth Showmanship         Sheep Showmanship II (1998-1999);      Breeding Beef Cattle, Open Angus, Angus Senior Champion Female; Breeding Beef Cattle, Open Angus, Angus Late Senior Yearling Females; Breeding Beef Cattle, Jr. Angus Breeding, Angus Late Senior Yearling Females, calved Nov-Dec; Breeding Beef Cattle, Jr. Angus Breeding, Angus Senior Champion Female; Junior Market Animals, Skillathon-Outstanding Young Shepherd, Jr Breed Sheep – Division II (1998-1999).

Alison Andersen, of Stevens, won five blue ribbons in the following rabbit categories: Mini Lop – Solid Pattern, and Silver Fox.

Tom Andersen, of Stevens, won two blue ribbons with Silver Fox Rabbits, including Best of Breed.

The biggest winner in the Ephrata Review coverage area was Matthew Mitchell, of Mitchell Farms, Reinholds. Matthew brought home 18 blue ribbons in the following categories: Breeding Beef Cattle, Open Angus, Angus Junior Heifer Calves; Breeding Beef Cattle, Open Angus, Angus Junior Heifer Calves; Breeding Beef Cattle, Open Angus, Angus Reserve Late Junior Heifer Calf Champion; Breeding Beef Cattle, Open Angus, Angus Early Junior Yearling Heifers ; Breeding Beef Cattle, Open Angus, Angus Junior Champion Female; Breeding Beef Cattle, Open Angus, Angus Grand Champion Female; Breeding Beef Cattle, Open Angus, Angus Early Junior Yearling Bulls, calved Jan – February; Breeding Beef Cattle, Open Angus, Angus Junior Champion Bull; Breeding Beef Cattle, Jr. Angus Breeding, Angus Junior Heifer Calves, calved Apr 1 – Apr 15; Breeding Beef Cattle, Jr. Angus Breeding, Angus Reserve Junior Heifer Calf Champion; Breeding Beef Cattle, Jr. Angus Breeding, Angus Late Summer Yearling Heifers, calved July-Aug; Breeding Beef Cattle, Jr. Angus Breeding, Angus Early Junior Yearling Heifers, calved Feb; Breeding Beef Cattle, Jr. Angus Breeding, Angus Junior Champion Female; Breeding Beef Cattle, Jr. Angus Breeding, Angus Reserve Grand Champion Female; Junior Market Animals, Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Market Animals, Reserve Grand Champion Steer; Junior Market Animals, Jr. Crossbred Beef Steers, Crossbred Middleweight 2; Junior Market Animals, Jr. Crossbred Beef Steers, Crossbred Reserve Champion Middleweight; Junior Market Animals, Jr. Crossbred Beef Steers, Reserve Champion Crossbred.

The Ephrata Review will report on 2016’s blue ribbon winners in late January. Learn more about this year’s PA Farm Show, and all the special activities planned to mark the 100th anniversary, at farmshow.state.pa.us.

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