The mission of the Manheim Community Farm Show is to promote agriculture, crafts and competition in a friendly environment that encourages family values and cooperation.
Welcome to the best week of the year!
Every year hundreds of volunteers give thousands of hours of their time to provide a week that is special in so many ways. Some of them work throughout the year on the buildings and grounds to have them looking great for Farm Show week. Some help with set up and tear down. Others do a lot of planning behind the scenes that makes it all run smoothly (we hope!), and others simply show up during the week and ask what needs to be done. It all adds up to a great group of people working together for a great community event. The change of pace of Farm Show week provides the opportunity to connect with people we haven’t seen for a while. Over 25 food stands allow us to stay out of our kitchens at home for the week and support churches and civic groups. The livestock auction Friday evening enables us to support 4-H and FFA students by buying their animals. All the agricultural displays remind us where our food comes from. And all the departments being judges allow us to engage in friendly competition going for the blue ribbon. While we’ve kept the parts of the show that people have loved over the years, we have added a few new things this year. A church service in the arena Sunday morning, a giant inflatable Titanic on the ball field, and a mechanical bull on Farm Show Lane!
Regardless if you’ve been to all the previous 65 Farm Shows or you’ve never been to one we hope to see you there this year!
Glenn Stoltzfus – President of The Manheim Community Farm Show
ABOUT the Manheim Community Farm Show
The Manheim Farm Show grounds are located at 502 Adele Avenue (next to Manheim Central High School) , while food stands are located along the avenue in the vicinity of Manheim Central High School Rettew Field and Veterans Memorial Park. Its annual date is set as the first full week of October the week following the New Holland Fair. Admission and parking are free.
Manheim’s present-day Farm Show was launched in the early ’50s, when the Community Farm Show Association was reorganized (for a second time). According to the book, Manheim Revisited, the tradition of holding a Farm Show in Manheim dates to the 1920s when it was first held in the basement of the Waughtel Moving Picture House on West Ferdinand Street. Two years later, large tents set up on Market Square played host to the show.
Click this link to learn more about our history: 50 Year History Manheim Farm Show 2003 by D Dourte