Area residents win big at state farm show

The annual butter sculpture at the Pennsylvania Farm Show was unveiled last week at the start of the weeklong event. The sculpture, carved from a half-ton of butter, depicts three of Pennsylvania’s beloved professional sports mascots: Philadelphia Flyers’ Gritty, Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop, and Pittsburgh Steelers’ Steely McBeam celebrating with a spread of Pennsylvania dairy products. The sculpture, a long-time Farm Show staple, encourages Pennsylvanians to be a fan of Pennsylvania dairy and give a cheer to the more than 6,200 dairy farmers in the commonwealth.

HARRISBURG - Farm show contestants from Clarion and Venango counties have earned ribbons in competitions at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show held last week in Harrisburg, including:

- Lydia Seaton of Emlenton: One first-place finish in family living contests.

- Barbara S. Warden of Emlenton: Four first-place, four second-place, two third-place and one fifth-place finishes in family living contests.

- Oliva Drake of Emlenton: Three first-place and one second-place finishes in family living contests.

- Gretchen Gross-Krajl of Emlenton: One first-place and three second-place finishes in family living contests.

- Barbara Gross of Emlenton: One first-place finishes, four second-place finishes and one third-place finishes in family living contests.

- Melodie Curran of Knox: One first-place finish in family living contests.

- Susan Courson of Emlenton: One first-place, two second-place place and three third-place finishes in family living contests.

- Bailey Pentz of Parker: Two first-place finishes in family living contests.

- Jordan Anderson of Franklin: Four first-place and one third-place finishes in family living contests.

- Erin Ohler of Polk: Three first-place and two second-place finishes in family living contests.

- Garret Schick of Knox: One third-place finish in family living contests.

- Karen McElhinney of Clintonville: Two third-place and one fifth-place finishes in family living contests.

- Kaylee Knapp of Franklin: One first-place finish in family living contests.

- Haylee Blauser of Oil City: Two eleventh-place finishes in junior market animals.

- Mark Snyder of Titusville: One second-place and two ninth-place finishes in junior market animals.

- Kevin Dennis of Cooperstown: Two second-place and one fifth-place finishes in maple syrup contests.

Pennsylvania is proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits every year.

The event showcases the quality and breadth of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry and the people who make it thrive.

The show offers visitors a tiny slice of the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $185 billion to Pennsylvania's economy every year.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show offers something for everyone, young and old, farmers and non-farmers, foodies and just people who like to have fun.

Aside from food and entertainment, the annual event offers the public an opportunity to get an up-close view of how our food goes from farm to fork, and learn about the diversity of Pennsylvania agriculture and the ingenuity of its people.

Farmers have the opportunity to show off what they do best, meet old friends and new, and check out cutting edge farm equipment, supplies and farming practices

(This list includes winners posted as of Tuesday, Jan. 7, morning.)