State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania

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The State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania (SHAP) is an educational organization with a mission “to preserve and enhance the viability of the commercial fruit industry through educational outreach, research support, promotion, and pro-active involvement with legislative affairs.”  The association supports the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of the specialty crop industry in the Commonwealth and cooperates with other states in the Mid-Atlantic region to sponsor an annual educational convention and trade show.

Farm Show Will Be Here In The Blink of an Eye!

It’s hard to believe we’re already looking ahead to the 2018 PA State Farm Show, but the reality is, we’ve been thinking about it for months already! The farm show committee has been having regular meetings this year to plan and coordinate for next year’s farm show knowing that it’s going to be rather different, and require more volunteer work and coordination to put it all together. Please read on for all that’s in store, and to learn how YOU can help!

  • Pick fruit this fall and enter it for show! PA Apples has a prime spot in the main exhibition hall, and what better way to showcase the amazing fruit we grow in our state than by showing it for tens of thousands of people to see and learn about! Visit for registration instructions!
  • Volunteer to help! Soon, you will be receiving emails and calls requesting your help to staff the various locations around the farm show that feature our apples or apple products.

A lot has changed since last year’s farm show. We look for the 2018 show to be a year of change, a year of adjustment, and a year of learning. We ask for your patience and understanding as we go through the show this year, but we also ask for your help in volunteering to ensure they go as smoothly as they possibly can! At the end of the day, all of our efforts do one thing – support our industry, through the education of people who ultimately buy our fruit, and through the raising of funds that support the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania’s Research Committee. Let’s work together and make it a success from which we can all benefit! Thank you!

Ellie Hollabaugh Vranich, Farm Show Committee Chair

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