The fairway view of Ag Progress Days on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. — Warily watching the wet-weather forecast, thousands of visitors poured in to Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center on Aug. 13-15 near State College to enjoy, buy, and learn at Ag Progress Days.

Farmers, equipment vendors, educators, students, and even foreigners involved in the ag industry gathered to see demonstrations of the latest, newest, biggest and most innovative farm equipment during tours and lectures and along the streets of the farmers’ fair.

Families and youth enjoyed games, favorite foods and farm topics of all kinds. The Pasto Agricultural Museum attracted young and old alike to understand how ag equipment worked in years past, providing comparisons to today’s solar and fuel-powered inventions.

Shows in the horse arena attracted many people, as did field demonstrations in test plots. For all, it was a great success.


Antique agricultural equipment holds the interest of this group at the Pasto Ag Museum.


A Pasto Ag Museum visitor looks at a timeline of ag innovations along with legislation and historical happenings.


Abel Riehl, left, is visiting Ag Progress Days all the way from Uruguay, where he has a business manufacturing hay feeders. Visiting the event with him is David Allgyer, of Pensacola, Florida.


Recent Penn State graduate Skylure Templeton discusses non-native invasive plants. Templeton has a degree in Forest Ecosystems Management.


The silent auction at the Pasto Ag museum featured these antique pewter ice cream molds.


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