103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show on PCN

PCN will undergo an exciting transformation this January to bring viewers inside the nation’s largest indoor agricultural showcase, the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The upcoming show marks PCN’s 25th anniversary covering the weeklong event.

Growing our coverage since 1994, PCN cameras catch all the action of popular events such as the High School Championship Rodeo, Sheep to Shawl, Rabbit Hopping Contest, Sale of Champions, Horse Pulls and more! Watch the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show on PCN on cable and the PCN app with a subscription. For a complete schedule of live and recorded events, please visit pcntv.com.

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There will be LIVE and recorded coverage during the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show. This marks the 25th Anniversary bringing the events to more than 3.3 million homes throughout Pennsylvania on cable TV. 

- Mini Horse Pull Contest - LIVE on the PCN App at 6 PM on January 7

- Pony Pull Contest - LIVE on cable and the PCN App at 9 AM on January 8

- Horse Pull Contest - LIVE on cable and the PCN App at 1:30 PM on January 8

- All events are available on demand with the PCN App and for purchase on the PCN Store

PCN Celebrates 25 Years of

PA Farm Show Coverage

By: Larry Kaspar, Senior Producer & Host

PCN television undergoes a startling transformation this time of year. Long before viewers notice the change, debates take place at staff meetings about camera angles for covering sheep shearing and cow milking. Suddenly, Harrisburg politicians take a back seat, as we figure out the coverage logistics of a rabbit-hopping contest.

As we get our heads wrapped around this drastic week-long shift in priorities, we take a moment to ponder the significance of PCN bringing its viewers the Pennsylvania Farm Show for the twenty-fifth time.

When PCN covered its first Farm Show in 1994, you could say we were in an exploratory phase. We sent one camera operator to cover an event called a “horse pull”. Whatever that was. The camera was set up precariously on two uneven steps high in the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg. The public address announcer was a kind lady who permitted PCN to clip a microphone to her shirt collar. During a moment of uncertainty, she looked over her shoulder and asked, “Who are you again?” Only the slightest bit satisfied with the answer, she went to work and called the event for both the audience in attendance that night and PCN viewers. When we checked our voicemail the next day for viewer reaction, we knew we were on to something. 

It was that announcer’s leap of faith that opened the door to Farm Show coverage that has grown in both size and sophistication over the last twenty-five years. Several events we cover feature our own analysts explaining in detail what’s going on and what it means. We believe this educational component of our coverage heightens your appreciation of the Farm Show and makes your viewing experience more enjoyable. 

In 2018, PCN televised more than 150 events and 40 hours of live programming from the Farm Show. In 2019, once again, viewers will be able to watch all the action on statewide cable. Farm Show fans that don’t have cable, or live out of state, can stream all the events on demand using their favorite device with a PCN subscription.

And there’s so much going on at the Farm Show on PCN that there’s something for everyone. That sounds like a cliché, but it’s true.  See for yourself when you visit our website at pcntv.com. Our schedule includes a horse pulling contest, a square dance, cooking lessons, a Sheep-to-Shawl Contest, a rodeo, exhibit judging, a rabbit-hopping contest, and so much more. 

Oh, about those rabbits. Here’s a bit of friendly advice to Harrisburg politicians:  never visit the Farm Show with the notion that you can compete with bunny rabbits for attention and win. Trust me on this.

The Pennsylvania Cable Network is a statewide, non-profit television network responsive to the needs and interest of Pennsylvania and its people. PCN provides unedited coverage of politics and policy, unique accounts of history and culture, and a variety of sports championships and events from Pennsylvania.

Watch the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show on PCN on cable in PA and on the PCN app with a subscription. Go to pcntv.com for schedule details.here.

2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show on PCN LIVE Schedule

Watch on cable and the PCN app with a subscription

Thursday, January 3, 2019

11:00 AM | LIVE ON THE PCN APP ONLY - PA Farm Show Butter Sculpture Unveiling


Saturday, January 5, 2019

8:00 AM | LIVE - PA High School Rodeo Association Championship I

10:00 AM | LIVE ON THE PCN APP ONLY - Opening Ceremonies: Gov. Wolf & Sec. Redding

11:30 AM | LIVE - Cumberland County Drill Team

12:30 PM | PA State Police Drill Team

4:00 PM | LIVE - PA High School Rodeo Association Championship II

5:00 PM | LIVE ON THE PCN APP ONLY - PA Farm Show Fashions with a Flair


Sunday, January 6, 2019

9:30 AM | LIVE- Sheep Herding Finals

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | GUESTS AT THE PCN BOOTH IN THE MAIN HALL: Weather World Hosts

12:00 PM | LIVE - Draft Horse Hitched Competition

Monday, January 7, 2019

11:00 AM | LIVE - Cooking Demonstration: Cake with Lou Sackett, Chef Instructor at Dauphin County Technical School

12:00 PM | LIVE - Cooking Demonstration: Salmon Cakes with Spicy Aioli and Cauliflower Pilaf with Kathryn Long and Beth Stark, Registered Dieticians at Weis Markets, Inc

1:00 PM | LIVE - Cooking Demonstration: West India Pepperpot Soup with Walter Staib, Owner of City Tavern in Philadelphia

2:00 PM | LIVE - Cooking Demonstration: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon Creme and Honey Pepita Granola with Barry Crumlich, Executive Chef at the Pennsylvania Governor's Residence

3:00 PM | LIVE - Cooking Demonstration: Gnocchi with Braised Pork, Swiss Chard & Herbed Ricotta with Robert Dacko, Food Service Specialist at Weis Markets

4:00 PM | LIVE - Cooking Demonstration: Crème Brûlée including Local PA Berries with Kurt Wewer, Executive Chef at Ever Grain Brewing Co. Craft Brewery

5:00 PM | LIVE - Cooking Demonstration: Lamb Fabrication & Mini Lamb Leg Roast with John & Sukey Jamison, Owners of Jamison Farm

6:00 PM | LIVE ON THE PCN APP ONLY - Mini Horse Pull

7:00 PM | LIVE - Square Dance Competition

 Tuesday, January 8, 2019

9:00 AM | LIVE - Pony Pulling Contest

9:00 AM | LIVE ON THE PCN APP ONLY - Scholarship Awards

9:30 AM | LIVE ON THE PCN APP ONLY - Sale of Champions

1:00 PM | GUESTS AT THE PCN BOOTH IN THE MAIN HALL - Phil the Groundhog & Inner Circle 

1:30 PM | LIVE - Horse Pulling Contest

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

12:30 PM | LIVE ON THE PCN APP ONLY - PA Farm Show Kids Pedal Tractor Pull

3:00 PM | LIVE - Sheep to Shawl Contest and Auction

5:30 PM | LIVE ON THE PCN APP ONLY - PA Farm Show Bid Calling Contest

Thursday, January 10, 2019

8:30 AM | PA Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding Recognizing PCN's 25 Years of Farm Show Coverage (Location: PCN Booth in the Main Hall)

10:00 AM | LIVE - Tractor Square Dance

2:00 PM | LIVE - Cooking Demonstration: Smoke and Pickles-Style Chicken & Waffles with David Mills, Chef Instructor at Harrisburg Area Community College

3:00 PM | LIVE - Cooking Demonstration: Lavender Lemon Honey Meringue Tart with Cher Harris, Executive Pastry Chef at The Hotel Hershey

4:00 PM | LIVE - Cooking Demonstration: John Moeller, Chef and Author, "Dining at the White House- From The President's Table to Yours"

5:00 PM | LIVE - Rabbit Hopping Contest

 Friday, January 11, 2019

All Farm Show events will be available to view on demand by 5 PM.