Penn State

Thousands expected at Penn State’s annual Ag Progress Days

Penn State Ag Progress Days show manager Bob Oberheim said there is more at the three-day event than people can see in one day, with a record 493 exhibitors this year.

“It’s an event that has something for everyone,” he said.

Penn State Ag Progress Days runs Aug. 13-15.

Ag Progress Days, hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences, showcases the university’s research and hosts commercial exhibitors.

Oberheim said university researchers work with a wide range of agricultural facets from dairy, equine, crop production, farm safety and family living programs. In addition, some of the exhibitors include machinery titans John Deere, Kubota and International Harvester.

“Our exhibitors bring their equipment and services and supplies, and interact with the audience,” Oberheim said.

Oberheim said more than 42,000 people are expected to attend.

With active demonstrations, tours and animals, it targets every person,” he said, explaining there are even children’s activities in a youth building.

Oberheim said Ag Progress Days began in the late 1950s as field days that traveled around the state. By 1976, the event made it way to Rock Springs near Pine Grove Mills as the permanent location.

“We couldn’t be happier as the event grows each year and showcases what we think is important to the public,” Oberheim said.