As the Pennsylvania Farm Show marked its 104th year in Harrisburg last week, some Wyoming County residents took home awards.
The show ran from Jan. 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, giving residents across the state an opportunity to compete in various categories related to agriculture.
Don Sherwood, owner of Sherwood Chevrolet, has been showing horses at the Farm Show for around 35 years with Gary Groves. Together, they own Sherwood Groves Farms in Tunkhannock.
“It’s a fun tradition,” Sherwood said. “It promotes Pennsylvania agriculture and it’s fun to be there.”
This year, Sherwood, Judd Fitze, Lorah Reese and Roger Thoms competed in the show with Sherwood Groves horses.
“We had a pretty good show,” Sherwood said. “Our gelding Bruce was champion gelding, and we had a first place mated team. Lorah drove in the Belgian ladies’ cart and won it, and Judd and I drove in the Belgian men’s cart class. I was first and Judd was second.”
Their geldings took home first and second place awards, as well as a first place reserve champion award. Sherwood Groves horses also earned first place mare foal and fourth place mare.
In the hitched classes, the group also earned first place reserve champion for men’s carts, first place unicorn hitch, second place team hitch, second place six-horse hitch, second place four-horse hitch and third place tandem hitch.
Sherwood said participation in multiple hitches was down this year, but this happens from time to time. He also enjoyed the Celebrity Feed Scurry.
“A couple of our teams were used in it. Congressman Dan Meuser won the event and he was driving one of our teams,” he said.
Tyler Peterson of Tunkhannock took home multiple awards in the meat goats category, including first and second place junior division percentage doe (9-12 months); first place junior full blood/purebred doe (6-9 months); junior division reserve champion doe; second place junior division full blood/purebred buck (6-9 months); junior division reserve champion buck; first place pureblood/full blood junior doe (6-9 months); first and second place percentage junior doe (9-12 months); junior reserve champion percentage meat breeding doe; first place showmanship youth meat breeding goat; and grand champion showmanship.
This was not Peterson’s first time showing animals in Harrisburg, though for the last few years, he only participated in the junior market category.
“There’s a lot of good competition, a lot of good people you get to know,” he said.
Peterson was also the Wyoming County recipient of a $3,500 Farm Show Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation.
The foundation awarded scholarships totaling $84,000 to 24 college students across different Pennsylvania counties on Jan. 7. Each student also received an additional $2,000 from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Delaware Valley University.
“I was actually really surprised and very honored,” said Peterson, who studies animal sciences at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
Since 1993, the foundation has awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships to 552 junior exhibitors at the Farm Show.
For all of the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show results, visit farmshow.pa.gov.