2010-01-07 / Local & State

PCN Gears Up For 94th Annual Farm Show Coverage

PCN will start 2010 with its annual coverage of the Pennsylvania State Farm Show starting Saturday, January 9, at 12:00 p.m. with live coverage of the high school championship rodeo. The show, which is in its 94th year, is the largest indoor agricultural event in the United States.

Throughout the week, PCN will provide round-the-clock coverage of this year’s State Farm Show. Viewers can expect to see live coverage of annual farm show favorites, including the high school rodeo, sheep-to-shawl contest, the horse pull and the annual sale of champions. Each year the statewide network provides more than 140 hours of extensive coverage.

This is the 17th year that PCN has moved its operations from the Camp Hill studios to the Farm Show. During the week, PCN devotes its programming schedule to this annual agricultural showcase that puts a spotlight on Pennsylvania’s largest industry.

This year’s coverage is being underwritten, in part, by the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, Pennsylvania Egg Farmers/ the Incredible Edible Egg, and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

A schedule of live events is as follows. The farm show fashions and bid calling contest will be taped and have been included in the schedule below. Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Be sure to regularly check the PCN Web site at www.pcntv.com for a complete program guide.

Saturday, January 9

Noon – PA high school championship rodeo (live)

4:00 p.m. – Cumberland County 4-H Club Drill Team (live)

5:00 p.m. – PA high school championship rodeo (live)

9:00 p.m. – Farm Show Fashions (taped)

Sunday, January 10

2:00 p.m. – draft horse hitched competition (live)

Monday, January 11

Cooking demonstrations:

1:00 p.m. – stuffed pork chop Italiano: Dan Brodeur, executive chef and owner of Brodeur’s on State Street in Media (live)

2:00 p.m. – strawberry BBQ glazed pork tenderloin: Michael Sicinski, 2009 PA Pork Producers Taste of Elegance Winner (live)

3:00 p.m. – braised pork cheeks: Mike Ditchfield, Instructor at PA College of Technology (live)

4:00 p.m. – prosciutto wrapped grilled asparagus: Matthew Poorman, executive chef at Stocks on 2nd in Harrisburg (live)

5:00 p.m. – honey extraction: PA Beekeepers Association (live)

7:00 p.m. – square dancing (live)

Tuesday, January 12

9:00 a.m. – Farm Show scholarships (live)

9:30 a.m. – sale of champions (live)

10:00 a.m. – pony pull (live)

4:30 p.m. – horse pull (live)

Wednesday, January 13

3:00 p.m. – sheep-to-shawl contest (live)

6:00 p.m. – shawl auction (live)

7:00 p.m. – carriage racing contest (live)

Thursday, January 14

Cooking Demonstrations:

3:00 p.m. – butternut squash soup: Allen Friend, executive chef at Four Points Sheraton in Harrisburg and John Payne, chef/owner of Civitas Restaurant in Harrisburg (live)

4:00 p.m. – Three-Cheese SoufflĂ©: Dawson Flinchbaugh, co-owner of Flinchy’s Restaurant in Camp Hill (live)

5:00 p.m. – equine showcase demonstration (live)

10:00 p.m. – bid calling contest (taped)

Friday, January 15

12:00 p.m. – tractor square dance (live)

PCN will also have a booth located in the main exhibit hall of the Farm Show Complex during the weeklong show. Throughout the week, the PCN booth will be the place to stop to meet and greet special guests of the network. On Saturday, January 9, and Sunday, January 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., local World War II veterans featured in PCN’s book releases, “World War II: In Their Own Words” and “World War II Reflections,” will be on hand to talk to visitors at the PCN booth.

Starting Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 15, onair hosts and producers from the network’s popular shows like the PCN Call-In Program, PCN Tours, PA Books and Journalists Roundtable,, will stop by the PCN booth from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Visit the network’s Web site at www.pcntv.com regularly throughout the week for more details about PCN’s farm show coverage.

PCN is a nonprofit, noncommercial news organization funded by cable television companies that voluntarily carry the network on their channel lineup. The service, headquartered in Camp Hill, has bureaus in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and is distributed on 150 cable systems in Pennsylvania serving 10 million Pennsylvanians in 3.3 million homes. A complete listing of PCN affiliates and network channel designations is available by visiting PCN’s Web site at www.pcntv.com.

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