2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show to go virtual this January amid concerns about crowds and COVID-19

Written by on August 20, 2020

2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show to go virtual this January amid concerns about crowds and COVID-19

By Julia Agos, WITF

August 20, 2020

Opening ceremonies at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Photo | Shelly Stallsmith, York Daily Record.

The 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show is moving online this January as state Agriculture officials hope to avoid large crowds gathering while COVID-19 remains a threat. WITF’s Julia Agos reports on what the 105th annual show will look like. 

Instead of the usual chaotic food court and competitive youth competitions – the 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show will be completely virtual. 

The theme of the event will be “cultivating tomorrow.” 

State Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding says the decision was made to avoid “incalculable losses” if an outbreak occurred at the in-person event, which draws tens of thousands of competitors and attendees to Harrisburg each year. 

The show will still be held on the original dates – January 9 through 16. 

Redding says the department is looking into how to have an online version of livestock sales and 4-H programs.

He says more details on the virtual show will be announced in the coming weeks.

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