Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding joined Nicholas Bertram, president of GIANT Food Stores to announce that the Department of Agriculture and GIANT have entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center.
“GIANT’s investment in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center demonstrates a commitment to Pennsylvania agriculture and the positive impact that public-private partnerships can have on this critical industry,” said Secretary Redding. “These partnerships allow us to introduce the world of agriculture to residents from all corners of the commonwealth, celebrating our rich heritage, telling our stories, and inspiring the future.”
Under the partnership, GIANT will become the official sponsor of the Exposition Hall in the complex, and will have a display during the Farm Show — located in the GIANT Exposition Hall — highlighting PA Preferred® vendors through product sampling.
“When you think of Central Pennsylvania and the Harrisburg area, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center almost immediately comes to mind,” said Nicholas Bertram, president, GIANT Food Stores. “As the market leader and as a company founded and headquartered in nearby Carlisle, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to have our name on this iconic and important building as a public symbol of our longstanding support of the community as well as local farmers and food purveyors.”
The 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show runs January 5 – 12, 2019 and will honor agriculture’s rich heritage and promising future with this year’s theme, Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story. The theme, which will be represented throughout of the weeklong event, will include related events like a daily story time for children, interviews with real Pennsylvanians working in agriculture, and opportunities for attendees to engage and tell their own stories.
“Each year, more than one million people walk the halls of this complex, and not just in January during the Farm Show. We host events throughout the year that not only showcase the best and brightest in agriculture, but also make a real economic impact on our local community,” said Sharon Altland Myers, executive director of the Farm Show Complex. “Through continued investments, we are able to provide visitors with experiences that they enjoy and will remember forever. This partnership will only build on those investments.”
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. For more information, visit https://www.farmshow.pa.gov.