HARRISBURG, Pa. — Educational events, vendor programs and improvements to Pennsylvania’s largest livestock shows have earned the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center top honors in international competition.
The International Association of Fairs and Expositions recognized the 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show and Keystone International Livestock Exposition for improving education and service to exhibitors and visitors, and for excellence in competitive exhibit displays.
“The Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural exhibition, and KILE is the largest livestock show on the East Coast,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Our staff prepares top-notch shows, and I’m proud to see their hard work recognized.”
KILE’s Pennsylvania Livestock Association Equine and Livestock Forum, a three-day symposium geared toward commercial producers and equine enthusiasts, won its category for Special or Specific Event for Agricultural Exhibitors.
KILE’s Agri-Olympics, where children compete in agriculture-themed games and competitions, won the Participatory Contest category. The Farm Show’s Power Equipment Showcase was best Overall Program for Commercial Agricultural Vendors.
The Open Horse Show at KILE, in its second year, won the category for new or unique strategies for increasing exhibitors. It placed second in the category for innovative solutions for improving competitive agriculture programs.
The Lebanon bologna division of the Keystone Classic Barbecue Contest at KILE garnered a second place award for Unique Contest.
KILE placed third in the Agriculture Photo competition.
Farm Show placed third in the innovative solutions for agricultural competitions category for its apiary class.
The awards were presented Dec. 8-12 in Las Vegas at the association’s convention.