Claudia Hissong receives PA Farm Show scholarship

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Congratulations to 2016 Farm Show Scholarship recipient, Claudia Hissong of Greencastle. Scholarships were awarded Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Pictured are Bill Campbell, Claudia Hissong, Regina Hissong, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation presented 28 college students with $3,500 scholarships on Tuesday, January 12, at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

“This is truly an investment in the future of the agriculture industry,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “As each of you continue throughout your college and professional careers, the skills you have acquired through your involvement within the Farm Show, 4-H and FFA will carry you to find success. Thank you all for your leadership and dedication to the agriculture industry.”

Since its start 23 year ago, the Farm Show Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships to 472 junior Farm Show exhibitors. In addition Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will award an additional $2,000 to its full-time recipients.

New this year Barbizon, a modeling, acting and professional development organization awarded each student with a $1,000 certificate to attend professional development workshops focused to prepare students for interviews, speeches and professional careers. Barbizon is an ambassador club member of the Scholarship Foundation and encourages students to pursue a higher education.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibitors. According to a report issued by the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau, the 2015 show had an estimated economic impact of $95 million to the south-central Pennsylvania region, supporting more than 18,000 jobs over the course of the week-long event.

The show runs January 9-15 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and January 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from nearby Interstate 81.

For more information about the 2016 show, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us