CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural show is making its return to Centre County.
Ag Progress Days, hosted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, takes place from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center located at 2710 West Pine Grove Road. This year marks the 46th time that the event has been at the research center.
Each day Ag Progress Days will begin at 9 a.m. but will end at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and then at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11. Admission to Ag Progress Days is also free.
At the Ag Progress Days there is expected to be over 400 exhibitors from at least 30 states and even two provinces of Canada. Out of the 46,000 folks that are expected to attend the event, about 60 percent are are actively engaged in agriculture or related professions.
Below is a list of activities that will be featured at Ag Progress Days:
- 80+ acres for Crops and Machinery Demonstrations
- 55 acres for Indoor and Outdoor Exhibits
- 40+ Educational Presentations to Ask the Experts and On-Demand Video Resources
- 30 Active Demonstrations around the grounds on topics such as Healthy Lifestyle, Cooking, Ag Safety & Health, Farm & Business, Animals & Livestock, Equine, Agronomic Crops & Soils, and Forest & Wildlife
- 20 Equipment Demonstrations for Equipment and Field Machinery
- 20 Meetings for Agricultural Associations and Governmental Agencies
- 15 Youth and 4H activities such as Sunflower Maze, Pollinators, Rabbits, Wildlife, Plants, Insects, and Family Fun
- 5 Tours to highlight current research activities at the Research Center and Virtual Tours
- 7 Local Non-Profit Food Vendors
- 2 Locations for Antiques in the Pasto Agricultural Museum and the Tractor Display
- 2 Special Events may be held: Penn State Ag Alumni Ice Cream Social and College of Ag, Dean’s Town Hall Session
Parking for Ag Progress Days will be in the fields that are next to the show and there will be security and parking attendees helping to direct traffic. Parking for the event is also free.
- Traffic on Route 45 traveling westbound from State College will enter at Gate J and park in the East parking areas.
- Traffic traveling eastbound from Water Street should enter at Gate M and park in the West parking areas.
- No vehicle traffic will be permitted within the main exhibit grounds during show hours.
Ferguson Township police are issuing an advisory for motorists on the following roads for increased traffic: West College Avenue (SR26), Pine Grove Rd (SR45) and West Whitehall Road. Between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nixon Road will be closed and access will only be from Whitehall Road for local residents. Additionally from that time access will be limited to the Pine Grove Mills Post Office.
Parking permit details:
- Official and Guest permits should enter at Gate J and will be directed to the South and East parking areas closest to the Red Barn.
- Exhibitor Parking permits will park in East and West parking areas close to the grounds and are restricted for Exhibitor parking permits until 9:00 a.m. each show day. All exhibitor vehicles making deliveries must be removed from the main show grounds prior to the show opening.
- Equine Parking permits should park in the South parking area closest to the Main Horse Arena.
Attendees with mobility issues are allowed to bring their own golf cart, but they must register them at the Information Booth. There will also be golf carts available to rent for two hours on a first-come-first serve basis at the Alumni Pavilion right beside the Special Events Building and behind the Headquarters.
More information about the upcoming Ag Progress Days event can be found on Penn State’s College of Agricultural Services website.