DeLissio to demonstrate her milking, grape-stomping prowess at Pa. Farm Show

HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., is preparing to stomp and squeeze her way into the Pennsylvania Farm Show this year by participating in two events this year: the Celebrity Milking Contest and the Celebrity Grape Stomp.


Last year, DeLissio's team came in second in the milking contest, and she said she no longer considers herself a novice.


"I look forward to once again facing off against Agriculture Secretary Greig at the milking stool," DeLissio said. "This is the 2nd year that I have been in this contest, and I only get better with practice, thanks to the encouragement and coaching of W.B. Saul High School's agricultural science teacher David Ruvarac. Fortunately for me, I have been able to receive a refresher lesson with Chelsea, one of many cows who resides in the barn at the school which is located in the 194th District."

W.B. Saul Agricultural High School is the only agricultural high school in the state and only one of three in the nation.


DeLissio also will put her bare toes to the test and stomp as many grapes as she can in the Celebrity Grape Stomp, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15.


The Celebrity Cow Milking Contest will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16.


"It's all good, clean fun and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and pant legs with an eye toward capturing the number one trophy, all the while bringing much-deserved attention to the state's number one industry," she said.


"Have you ever wondered how important bees are to us or where milk comes from or how much can be grown on an acre of ground?" DeLissio asked. "You can learn all of that and more at the farm show."


As a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and a city gal, DeLissio brings a different perspective to the country table and she said she is proud as a peacock about her district’s agricultural delights, from local farmer’s markets and Community Supported Agriculture programs, to producers who are part of the PA Preferred program and the many Philadelphia-based urban farms that contribute to a strong, sustainable local food system.


"Even though I represent a more urban area, legislators and folks around the commonwealth always tell me how impressed they are with my passion and pride for Philadelphia’s contributions and interests in Pennsylvania’s number one industry," DeLissio said.


Pennsylvania produces more than 23 million pounds of cabbage, 190 million pounds of potatoes and 490 million pounds of pork. Producing over 425 million pounds per year, our mushrooms make up 50 percent of America’s supply. More than 97 percent of the 59,309 farms in Pennsylvania are family-owned small businesses. 


The 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show will be held Jan. 10-17 in Harrisburg. Celebrating its 99th year, the event is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation. Open to the public, the farm show is an event with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits.