Their well-padded arms made it a little difficult to swiftly point people in the right direction.

But Pennsylvania State Police and full-time employees of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center had to dress in several layers to safely usher traffic along Harrisburg roads during one of the coldest days in decades.

"I've got so many layers on you can't tell if I'm a man or a woman. But it's too cold to be cute," said Marian Davenport, a Lower Paxton Township resident and Farm Show employee who was directing traffic outside the Main Hall.

The high in Harrisburg on Tuesday was 10 degrees with wind chill values 9 to 15 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures that low could cause frostbite and hypothermia, the service said in a hazardous weather outlook.

If Steelton resident Renee Bitye had to guess, she would've thought it was much colder. At least it felt like it when she started directing traffic at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday.

"I couldn't drink water or tea or anything because it was freezing so quickly. But the cold keeps people fresh and young," she said.

Despite what Farm Show Commissioners described as the "coldest job at the show," Bitye said she loves the work.

"You meet a lot of people and get to keep moving around. This day you really have to move to keep your blood circulating," she said.

Bitye dressed in six layers -- including hunting gear, though she's a stranger to the state's wild game. She wore four pairs of socks, four hats, and well insulated boots and gloves.

While parking attendants were well bundled, they probably saw fewer cars on Tuesday, according to state spokeswoman Nicole Bucher.

Totals were yet available for Tuesday, but traffic counts were lower than previous years during the first three days of this year's Farm Show, she said.

On Saturday, 9,795 vehicles arrived at the Farm Show, compared to 11,155 last year. On Sunday and Monday the Farm Show received the lowest number of vehicles in the last five years.

The 71,153 vehicles that visited last year brought in about 585,000 visitors during the show in 2013, Bucher said.

"We're predicting a lower turnout this year, but we will probably still have more than 500,000 visitors," she said.

The weather was most likely the reason for the lower headcount, Bucher said.

Tuesday marked one of the coldest days in Farm Show history, according to Elyse Colbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The high of 10 degrees was the lowest during a Farm Show since Jan. 23, 1936.

That trend won't continue, as temperatures will reach the high 30s and 40s later in the week, she said.

The warmer weather may attract more visitors, but plenty of Yorkers showed up at the Farm Show on Tuesday.

"It doesn't seem that cold," said Matt Streur, a 24-year-old Dover resident who chose to leave his coat at home.

Streur said he attended the Farm Show as a child with his parents, and now he goes for the food.

"I came up to have lunch in the food court. I come for the milkshakes every year. It's never too cold for a milkshake," he said.

Another Yorker was there to grab a different cold treat.

"I pretty much come here for the food. It's really cold but I'm getting ice cream anyway. I don't have to go outside for a while," said Aimee Gross, a 23-year-old Manchester resident.

The arctic chill also wasn't enough to sideline Jerry Mitchell.

The 82-year-old Spring Grove resident said he's attended the Farm Show for more than 50 years.

Mitchell pointed out his layers of clothing and two scarves, claiming he was well protected against the wind chill.

"Farmers work in all kinds of weather. Coming out in the cold is the least I could do for them," Mitchell said.

--Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.