The 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show was a huge success with record crowds visiting the show this year. Held January 9-16 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa, it is always a fun show for us. With free admission, there is everything to see from some of the state's highest quality animals passing through the show and sale rings to the 1,000 pound butter sculpture. This year the sheep to shawl contest was especially interesting to us as the winning team used the Ruffed Grouse, one of PA's state symbols for their inspiration. It was beautiful and the auction bids reflected everyone's desire to own it.
This 94th annual show again invited me to give programs to the attendees on "Wildlife Photography" and to exhibit and sell my prints and note cards at our booth. We met so many nice people, and really cool pets, and I was appreciative for the great comments received for the programs and my work.
We have barely enough time to rest up, reprint and head off to The Flyfishing / Wingshooting Show in Charlotte, NC. The show is held at The Park (formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart) on Friday Jan. 28 (show hours 10 - 8) and Saturday Jan. 30 (show hours 9 - 5:30). I will be giving two new programs on the Ruffed Grouse and the American Woodcock. Come to Charlotte for a little sunshine and warmer weather (hopefully), learn about these unique birds and see what's new that I have been photographing. The show features over 50 programs per day, dog demonstrations, classes with the experts, freshwater and saltwater casting, continuous instructional fly tying and numerous exhibitor booths. Check out their website at http://www.flyfishingshow.com/.
Then it is back home to the Eastern Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA. More about that later!