Locals earn blue ribbons at PA Farm Show

By on January 16, 2019

Manheim Central Keystone FFA degree recipients included (left to right) Adrianna Strait, Skyler Anderson, Josiah Heisey, Ciara Stoner, and Ashlea Dull. These were also presented Jan. 7 at the FFA Midwinter Convention at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Exhibitors and visitors from all corners of the Mid-Atlantic arrived to Pennsylvania’s capital city to experience the largest indoor agricultural event in the United States, the Pennsylvania Farm Show, for its 103rd year. More than 10,000 competitive exhibits and nearly 300 commercial exhibitors were on display within the 24-acre spread throughout the complex’s 11 halls and three arenas.

Top honors were bestowed to these residents of the Lititz Record coverage area:

Family Living

Amy Mozingo of Lititz won blue ribbons in Brittle Candy, and Youth or Adult Dress – Special Occasion.

Dolores Murray of Lititz won blue ribbons in Open Division – Tailored Garment, Open Division – Children’s Clothing, Tailored Garment – Coat or Blazer, Children’s Clothing – Doll Clothing, and Fashions With a Flair – Open.

Sandra Brubaker of Manheim won blue ribbons in Apron – Bib, Children’s Clothing – Birth to size 3, Children’s Clothing – Size 3 to 6X, and Children’s Clothing – Birth to size 6X – Special Occasion, and Apron – Bib.

Denise Hess of Lititz won a blue ribbon for Apron – Half.

Brenda Watson of Lititz won a blue rubbon for Machine Quilted Bedcover – Crib.

Best of Show in the open Fashions with a Flair competition went to Dolores Murray of Lititz with her doll and life-size costumes inspired by the movie “Frozen.” Below, the clothing is modeled by Murray’s granddaughter, Anna Weidman.


Waltz Vineyards won a Gold Award for its 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.


Swashbuckler Brewing Company, Manheim, won blue ribbons in Amber Lager (Oktoberfest) and Wheat Beer (Hefenweizen).

Draft Horse Pleasure Show

Jeff Maurer of Manheim was first place in the Ladies’ Cart class.

Antique Tractor Restoration

The Manheim Central FFA won a blue ribbon for Best of Show – Group in Antique Tractor Restoration.They also won for Best Presentation.

This team of students from the Manheim Central FFA won a blue ribbon for restoring a 1947 Massey-Harris Pony for the PA Farm Show. They are (left to right) Justin Nissley; Ben Erk; Matt Ill; Jonathan Werning, Ag Mechanics teacher; Jacob Snavely; Josiah Heisey; Jake Hess; Kyle Weaver; and Landon Stoner.

Antique Tractor Pull

In the 3,000 Pounds class, Silver Maple Farms of Lititz won a blue ribbon on their 1949 Oliver 77 Row Crop. In the same class, Dick Witmer of Manheim, took third place on his 1952 Oliver Super 66.

Celebrity Draft Horse Feed Scurry

This year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show featured a new event — the Celebrity Draft Horse Feed Scurry. Although past years included a feed scurry, this year representatives, senators, queens, former queens, and the Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding made their feed scurry debut at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Representative David Zimmerman (Eastern Lancaster County) smoked the competition, winning first place by more than five seconds.

Jeremiah Snyder of Manheim shows one of his bred animals at the PA Farm Show. He was named a Premium Breeder and Premium Exhibitor, among other accolades.


Jeremiah Snyder of Manheim won a blue ribbon for his Shropshire Yearling Ram and Late Spring Ewe Lamb. His accolades in Shropshire Breeding included: Reserve Champion Ram in the Junior Class; and in the Open Class (competing against adults), he had the Reserve Champion Ram and Reserve Champion Ewe, and was named Premium Breeder and Premium Exhibitor.

For a detailed list of all 2019 PA Farm Show award winners, as well as many more photos, visit farmshow.state.pa.us.

Manheim Central students (left to right) Madalyn Strait and Rachel Hollinger were awarded free FFA Jackets as a result of their entries into an essay competition, “What the FFA Jacket Means to Me.” Also winning, but not pictured, was Alannah Leas. These were presented at the PA Farm Show on Jan. 7

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