George Frymoyer’s friends thought he was “totally nuts” in 2004 when he proposed that they square dance — on antique tractors.
Ten years later, those same friends joined him Friday morning in the state Farm Show Complex Large Arena, square dancing on tractors before a sparse crowd at the next to last day of the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show.
The seven sheep provided the fleeces for the much-loved Farm Show Sheep-to-Shawl contest. A sheep to shawl contest involves shearing a sheep, spinning the wool into yarn and using it to make a 22 by 78 inch shawl with five inches of fringe on each end — all in 2 1/2 hours.
Since its Farm Show debut a decade ago, arena carriage racing has galloped into the hearts of Farm Show fans. The sport, popular in Europe but rarely seen indoors in the United States, requires participants to ride steel marathon carriages and use special harnesses to guide ponies or horses through a maze of special lanes, traffic cones with balls and gates.
Two western Pennsylvania goats with a combined market value of $378 sold for a combined $8,100 at the Sale of Champions. They were the only animals to break records at the sale which provides college funds to the young exhibitors. The livestock buyers, representing meat processing plants, restaurants, grocery stores, various business’ and friends, said they like to support youth as the future of agriculture.