Attendance dips at 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show

Harsh weather to blame for fewer visitors

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Published: Jan 13 2014 07:31:48 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 13 2014 02:20:33 PM EST
2014 Pa. Farm Show butter sculpture
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Wintry weather was largely blamed for a dip in attendance at this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show, but the many thousands of people who made the trip didn't go away hungry.

In the ever-popular food court, visitors consumed 275,000 doughnuts, nearly 40,000 servings of French fries and 27,000 baked potatoes during the eight-day show that ended Saturday.

The Pennsylvania Livestock Association sold more than 10,000 roast-beef sandwiches and 13,000 sausages, while Penn Ag Industries sold more than five tons of pulled pork, 60,000 chicken nuggets, 10,000 fish sandwiches and 6,000 whoopie pies.

Overall attendance at the nation's largest indoor agricultural event was about 17 percent lower than the record 585,000 estimated at last year's show.

Spokeswoman Nicole Bucher says the week's unusually harsh cold spell was a major reason.