Youth grow from experience of showing animals at Pa. Farm Show
Chloe Stonesifer, 14, of Lewisberry wasn't born into showing animals.
Her friend, Riley Good, 13, of Red Lion, was. Riley's father had sheep and so did she. After Riley shared her experiences, Chloe became interested and attended a 4-H meeting with Riley. Not long after, she had acquired her first sheep.
"I've been showing for four or five years now," Chloe said. "We go all over the world to show our market lambs."
Chloe and Riley are among many 4-H'ers showing livestock at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, which opened Saturday, Jan. 6, and runs through Saturday, Jan. 13. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Sunday, when the show closes at 8 p.m. Admission to the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg is free, and parking is $15.
Chioe says the social atmosphere at the shows is like no other.
Erin Lang, 19, of Glen Rock, would agree. She says one of the things she likes best about showing her goats is being with her friends at the shows.
"One of my favorite things is the friendships that I've made, and that's kind of helped me continue in this," Lang said. "I learned a lot of hard work and a lot of values that I keep with me all throughout my life."
This is Lang's 16th and final year to compete in the youth showmanship category. She plans to concentrate on college for the time being.
The youth encourage anyone with an interest in animals to try showing them.
"I encourage anybody that wants to have animals ... to get sheep," Chloe said. "They're the most loving animals ever."
For more information about the Farm Show, go to www.farmshow.pa.gov.