Heading to the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (which runs from January 8 to 15), I didn't really know what to expect. I had some vague notions of 4-H clubs, canning competitions, and good, greasy fair food, but when we arrived at the immense Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, we were met with a 20-foot cow and ice cream carton sculpture—I had a good feeling.
The expo center includes whopping 24 indoor acres, every corner of it used for the Farm Show. Within the vast and packed complex there's an arena ready for weekend rodeo, giant rooms filled with gorgeous livestock ready to be judged and then purchased for eating or breeding, a marketplace with locally-made edibles, and a food court packed with the best ready-to-scarf bites that Pennsylvania has to offer.
There are areas designated for ogling prizewinning produce, as well as displays of photography, paintings, sewing projects, canned and baked goods, and tables upon tables of farm gear for sale. With just a few days left, here's a look at some of the tastiest bites from the Pennsylvania Farm Show. And did someone say butter sculptures?