Keystone Farm Show draws crowds to latest in farm equipment

Dawn J. Sagert
York Dispatch

It’s 44 degrees outside. With the wind it feels more like 38, but the sun is shining and warm.

Keystone Farm Show exhibitor Dean Bentzel, of Thomasville adjusts the ties on his sign for his outdoor exhibit of cattle-farming equipment at the York Expo Center.

“Our farm has been in the family for over 85 years,” said Bentzel, who co-owns Lincoln Highway Cattle Equipment with his son, Mark Bentzel. Bentzel explains that they had a need for quality cattle-handling equipment in managing their own cattle and started their dealership about five years ago.

During the Keystone Farm Show, each hall at the York Fairgrounds is filled with exhibitor booths, as are the parking lots. Some exhibits offer simple literature, some include working models or full-sized equipment, and some include a form of multimedia demonstrating their product.

The show runs at the York Expo Center each year during the week when the Pennsylvania Farm Show is going on in Harrisburg.

Five-year-old Bryant Fogle, of Ranson, West Virginia, was transfixed by a video playing on a screen in Utz Arena in front of an Apache sparyer.

“I like looking at the machines,” said Bryant excitedly, adding that one day he wants to be a farmer. When asked what he liked about the Keystone Farm Show, he said, “I like getting on the tractors.”  

Many people are attend the Keystone show as well as the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, which runs through Jan. 13. The Keystone show boasts more than 350 agricultural exhibitors.

“We’ve done the Pennsylvania show one or two years with some follow-up, but not near as strong as the Keystone Show here in York,” Bentzel said. “It’s just more farm-oriented.”

The Keystone Farm Show runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. For more information, go to