The Pennsylvania Farm Show will be held virtually in 2021 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, according to an announcement made by Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.
“It’s a tough decision, and one we did not take lightly,” Redding said during a news conference Wednesday morning.
The event will take place from Jan. 9 to 15 as previously planned.
“There are times in the life of a farmer when the risks are too great or uncertain, requiring farmers to make the tough decision to leave a field fallow,” Redding said. “To protect our assets – both our people and our resources – from incalculable losses, we have made the tough decision to take a year to lie in fallow.”
It certainly won’t be the same, Redding acknowledged, but the department is committed to making the most out of the event. They are still trying to figure out how they will work out accommodations for a food court, and of course see if there is interest in having a virtual butter sculpture.
The department announced the theme for the 2021 virtual PA Farm Show to be “Cultivating Tomorrow.” The virtual events will be focused on education and awareness for both the general public and the agriculture industry, a release noted.
Details of the virtual show will be announced as they unfold over the coming weeks.