Farm Show draws local exhibitors, visitors

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
The crew from Mrs. Gibble’s Restaurant handed out samples of sweet and sour dressing, and potato chips. Pictured, from left: Kelsy Moore, Kortney Eshleman, Rodney Eshleman and Cam Christman.

The numbers were down from last year, but 485,550 people still braved January’s roller coaster weather to visit the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg last week. Organizers said 2013 was the banner year, with 585,000 people walking into the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.

The polar vortex that hit early in the week kept some of the crowd home, but attendance picked up when the weather warmed into the 40s as time went on. And Greencastle people did their share to give the visitors something to see, buy or eat between Jan. 4 and 11.

Lindsay Carbaugh, 16, beat the rush. She and her family were on the grounds the Thursday before the show began, in order to be ready for halter and riding competition on Friday. Over the weekend she was in other contests.

To top it off, Lindsay was crowned Pennsylvania Draft and Mule Association Queen.

“I was really surprised,” she said, “because four good people ran. It was an honor.”

After the intense schedule, in which she won a number of awards, she admitted, “I was pretty tired. Plus I was handing out ribbons.”

As the Association queen, she will travel to equine events and spread the word about the organization. She has been involved, along with parents Ed and Rhonda Carbaugh, as long as she can remember.

Lindsay returned to the arena at the end of the week as well, for more performances in the Draft Horse Pleasure Show. Then she resumed her studies as a junior at Greencastle-Antrim High School.

Nathan Hykes, 20, a sophomore at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, spent the last week of his winter break at the Farm Show. He was an Agricultural Ambassador for the college, selected after passing an application and interview process.

He spoke with people who visited the college ‘s booth, and also helped out in the Today’s Agriculture program.

“I enjoy the atmosphere,” he said. “I love the college so I like talking to people about it.”

He hopes for a career on a research farm, working on hybrid development and genetics, after completing his crop science degree, with a minor in agri-business.

Mrs. Gibble’s Restaurant was a vendor for the third year. Kim Eshleman used the venue to give the eatery exposure, especially to residents of the Harrisburg area. She saw that foot traffic was down, attributed to the cold, ice and rain of the week. In 2012, her staff passed out 25,000 samples of food, and she predicted 15,000 in 2014.

Gibble’s sponsored its second Fudge Contest, which sent 28 bakers into the kitchen,  hoping to win a prize.

“We think it’s a neat thing to do,” Eshleman said. They also had candy and popcorn from Mrs. Gibble’s Candies for sale at their exhibit.

Daughter Kortney Eshleman was one of three judges. They examined the entries for appearance, smoothness, flavor, texture and creativity.

The winner, Elizabeth Pokrivka, Seven Springs, edged out her mother for the best fudge. They had competed against each other in the past.

“I never beat her,” Pokrivka said with delight as she stood center stage.

The samples were distributed to the public after the awards ceremony.

The Chambersburg barracks of Pennsylvania State Police was represented by Tpr. Angel Garcia, who sold PSP merchandise to raise money for Camp Cadet. The introduction to a law enforcement career was open to youth ages 13 to 15 in six counties, including Franklin, every third week in June at York College.

Farm Show results

Greencastle exhibitors went home with ribbons and prizes for their entries in the Farm Show.

Winners included: Living the Dream Belgians with Lindsay Carbaugh rider, Draft Horse Hitch and Riding - Youth English Riding, first: Youth Western Riding, third; Senior Youth Cart, first: Youth Team, second; Youth Showmanship and Youth Decorating Class - Senior Division, second: Youth Decorating Class, sixth; Youth High Point Senior Division, first.

Rocky Ridge Farm, Charles Lindsay, with Lindsay Carbaugh rider, Draft Horse Pleasure Show - Youth Team Hitch, second; and with Jacob Carbaugh rider, Men’s Cart, third; Team Hitch, fourth; Feed Scurry, sixth. Also, Multiple Hitches, up to 4 horses, fourth.

Rocky Ridge Farm, Rhonda Carbaugh, with Rhonda Carbaugh rider, Draft Horse Pleasure Show - Ladies Cart, second; Team Hitch Commercial, sixth; Feed Scurry, eighth; Barrel Racing, sixth; with Lindsay Carbaugh rider, Senior Youth Cart, first; Youth Riding, third.

Rocky Ridge Farm, Charles Lindsay, with Jacob Carbaugh rider, Farm Class Horse Pulling - sixth; and Rocky Ridge Farm, Rhonda Carbaugh, with John Lindsay rider, Farm Class Horse Pulling- 10th.

Cedar View Farms, Blake Nisewander, Open Angus - Angus Junior Heifer Calves, second; Angus Early Junior Yearling Heifers, fifth.

Cedar View Farms, Lauren and Monte Nisewander, Open Angus -  Angus Early Senior Heifer Calves, fourth.

Double C Farm, Claudia Hissong, Open Angus - Angus Junior Heifer Calves, first.

Double C Farm, Claudia Hissong, Junior Angus Breeding - Angus Junior Heifer Calves, first; and Other Purebred Steers - Other Purebred Steers Lightweight, second; and Market Goats, Market Goat Weight Division 6, fourth.

Kyra Rotz, 4-H Textile Science Intermediate, Accessories - Three Different Sewn Accessories,third.

Ellen J. Carty, Crafts Open, Home-Related Accessories - Other Crocheted Items, third.