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Record Attendance at Pennsylvania Farm Show

By Teresa McMinn
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January 14, 2012

Ever try jalapeno wine?

Christopher Boyd, of Boyd's Cardinal Hollow Winery in Montgomery County, on Tuesday featured several wines at the show including a non-grape variety made from 100 percent jalapenos.

"It won't burn your eyes or your lips but it is warm," Boyd writes on the winery's website. "The aroma is just like the pepper and then once you sip it, it fills your mouth with the jalapeno flavor and warmth. As you swallow, you will feel the warmth all the way down."

Saturday is the last day for this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, which is experiencing record attendance and heavier than usual traffic volume.

The show draws more than 400,000 visitors from around the world and is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the U.S. - with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibits.

From butter sculptures to fried zucchini or a tortilla crusted tilapia sandwich, the food this year at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show seemed to be a hit.

For wineries in particular, the event featured a variety of wines from across the state to compliment just about any Farm Show fare.

Boyd said the Farm Show offers a great marketing opportunity. The show is free. Parking costs $10.

This was Boyd's second year to bring his wine to the Farm Show, he said. He has locations in North Wales, Warminster, Skippack and Coopersburg.

"It's excellent," he said while serving samples of his wine to folks waiting in line. "There's lots of traffic. It's nonstop."

Wineries at this year's Farm Show include:
Paradocx Vineyard
Tamanend Winery
Winery at Wilcox
Benigna's Creek Winery
Long Trout Winery
Red Shale Ridge Vineyards
Christian W. Klay Winery
Sand Castle Winery
Allegheny Cellars Winery

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