Six-day Event Begins Saturday, Sept. 17, in Harrisburg
HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary George Greig today invited the public to attend the 48th All-American Dairy Show, to be held Sept. 17-22 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
"The All-American Dairy Show features the best dairy cows shown by the best exhibitors in the nation, and for 48 years, Pennsylvania has been proud to host this premier event," said Greig. "I invite the public to see first-hand the strength of Pennsylvania's $1.96 billion dairy industry and unparalleled dedication of our farm families at the many shows and events held during show week."
More than 2,400 animals will be shown by 935 exhibitors from 24 states and Canada during the six-day event.
Show week begins with the Pennsylvania Junior Dairy Show on Saturday, Sept. 17, where Pennsylvania 4-H and FFA members will exhibit their prize cattle.
The Premier National Junior Events – four full days dedicated to youth shows, contest and programs – is themed "Little Stars – Big Dreams." This year's event will feature seven national shows culminating with the selection of Supreme Champion on Monday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m.
The 14th All-Dairy Antiques and Collectibles Show is dedicated to the Holstein breed this year, and will feature antique collections from farm families. For the third year, a consignment auction for antique pieces is set for Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m., and show hours are Friday, Sept. 16, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 17, through Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New to this year's show is the "All-American Milkshake Madness," a celebrity contest that will feature teams mixing inventive, flavorful milkshakes using PA Preferred products. The event is set for Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m., in the Dairy Activities Center.
Other show week attractions include the ice cream social hosted by Agriculture Secretary George Greig, "Come Snack with the Vendors" trade show event and the Eastern Elite Holstein Sale.
The show's most prestigious awards, the Obie Snider Award and the Image Award, will be presented at the All-American Dairy Show "got milk?" banquet Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Show week also boasts 23 dairy shows in six days with premiums for all exhibitors. The week caps off with the 55th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Pageant, Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Camp Hill Radisson Hotel.
For more information about the All-American Dairy Show and the Premier National Junior Events, visit www.allamerican.state.pa.us.
Media contact: Nicole L. C. Bucher, 717-787-5085
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture