The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 5, 2013

50th All-American Dairy Show to Feature Nation’s Top Cows, Dairy Events

The Daily Item

— HARRISBURG — The 50th All-American Dairy Show will feature top dairy cattle shown by the best exhibitors in the nation from Sept. 7-12 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Nearly 3,000 animals and 2,000 exhibitors from across the nation and Canada will participate in the six-day event.

Show week begins with several special events in celebration of the 50th anniversary, including dairy oxen demonstrations from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8. A free country music concert with Greg Bates begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. On Sunday, Sept. 8, a wine and cheese reception begins at 4 p.m., followed by a youth benefit auction at 7 p.m.

The 10th Premier National Junior Events, set for Sept. 7 to 10, are youth shows, contests and programs themed “Stars Shine Brighter in Harrisburg.” Opening Ceremonies is Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m. This year’s event includes seven national shows culminating with the selection of Supreme Champion cow and heifer on Monday, Sept. 9, at 2:30 p.m.

The 16th All-Dairy Antiques and Collectibles Show will feature treasures from all segments of the dairy industry, from farms to processing and retail. Show hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the remainder of show week.

The show’s most prestigious awards, the Obie Snider, Image and Pioneer awards, will be presented at the All-American Dairy Show “got milk?” banquet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

The National Dairy Shrine will host its annual banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available by calling (920) 863-6333, emailing or at the All-American Dairy Show office.

The All-American concludes with the selection of supreme champion cow and heifer on Thursday, Sept. 12, at approximately 2 p.m.

The show caps off with the 55th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Pageant at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel in Harrisburg.

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