Dual duty at State Farm Show

When the 97th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show opens this weekend in Harrisburg, Rachel Enos of Warren County will be among those competing for nearly $645,000 in premiums.

Enos, the fourth-place finisher in the 2011 Swine Exhibition with her entry ‘Bertha Rose,’ is no stranger to the annual show that opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 12. This marks the third appearance by Enos and a stepping stone for the Eisenhower High School freshman.

“My favorite part of the show is going out and competing against everybody and learning new things from what people do differently,” said Enos. “This year I’m hoping to learn how to show the right way.”

Her entry this year is a hog by the name of ‘Baby Girl.’

As a Warren County Dairy Maid, Rachel will also be participating in Warren County Dairy promotions for the first time at the Farm Show. “In the past, I’ve only participated in hog showing, but this year I’ll be helping to pass out items for the dairy promotions,” she explained.

The sole competitor from Penn State Extension – Warren County, Enos will be accompanied by several spectators who will be there to cheer her on. “I’ve been preparing for a while now,” said Enos. “You have to walk your pig every day for at least an hour. You also have to body clip or belly clip the pig.” She explained that is two different styles of hair trimming for showing purposes.

According to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the focus of the show this year is on helping the public understand the importance and diversity of agriculture. In addition to an exhibit in the main hall of the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex, Penn State Extension educators, 4-H youth, and representatives from the Pasto Agricultural Museum will offer presentations.

Farm Show attendees will be invited to take the eco-bot challenge, try being a 4-H scientist for a day, and to help raise money for the 4-H programs by visiting the food booth.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is located at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg and admission to the event is free.