Joy Tressler of Rockwood, Somerset County, hangs lattice on her Glade Creek farm stable area at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. She said
Joy Tressler of Rockwood, Somerset County, hangs lattice on her Glade Creek farm stable area at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. She said has been involved with livestock since she was a child but this is the 29-year-old's first time showing at the farm show. She arrived earlier in the day with family friend Stephanie Takitch and plans to show her Brown Swiss cattle. BILL KALINA-bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

Party World walked into the North Hall as steam rose off of her back into the cool air.

The pregnant dairy cow from Dillsburg had just received a warm shower before taking her place at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

She stepped into a bed of hay next to Darby and Charisma, two other dairy cows owned by Shultz Cattle Co., a dairy cow breeder in Dillsburg.

Farm show attendees stopped by, asking to pet the smaller Darby and Charisma, who were resting peacefully on their hay beds.

Their warm baths would be next.

"They should feel like special little girls this week," said Julie Shultz, owner of the cows.

Shultz and her girls arrived Tuesday afternoon among other Pennsylvania dairy cows -- a schedule change that was dictated by the weather.

The show started Jan. 4 and runs through this Saturday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Dairy cows arrived Tuesday to help keep the animals safe, said state spokeswoman Nicole Bucher.

"We either pushed back or moved up arrival and departure times for animals so they wouldn't be out in the worst of it," she said.

Many cows arrived at the Farm Show wearing special blankets to keep their coats warm. Some cuddled each other, pressing their faces and noses together. While some of the dairy cattle seemed apprehensive about being led into the North Hall, Shultz's cows were calm and content.


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"They've gone to shows with me all over the country. They've been to more states than most people," she said.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is one that Shultz looks forward to every year.

"I really like the networking and being with other exhibitors and breeders, and I like interacting with the public," she said.

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