Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, September 12, 1998, Image 19

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    PAADS Exhibitors First
To Use New Tie-Stalls
(Continued from Page A 1)
since Ac Grst system of piping and
wood were adopted during the
Depression Era, when the complex
wa s built
“It was alright during the
Depression,” Secretary Hayes
said, “but not alright at this time.
“All-American Dairy Show
exhibitors will have All-American
tie-stalls, as it be.”
The new livestock stall system
cost $175,000 and is designed to
accommodate a range of animal
sizes. (As an improvement to the
facility, that compares to $l2 mil
lion for a new roof for the
Funding was done through some
Farm Show budget changes,
according to Grumbine, who
received approval for the new stall
project from Secretary Hayes,
chairman of the Farm Show Com
mission, which owns and operates
the facility.
At this past January’s state Farm
Show event, Grumbine was able to
borrow stalls from the Maryland
State Fair for use in the Harrisburg
complex’s beef area, where large
horse stalls had been used for
The improvements were notice
able, and Grumbine made the
recommendation that it was time
for the state Farm Show Commis
sion to purchase a set of its own.
Hayes agreed and gave the go-
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bid process within 30 days.
Both men have been involved
with the Farm Show Complex and
the state Farm Show for years
Grumbine as an exhibitor and
member of the commission; Hayes
first as an exhibitor and then as a
supporter, especially when he
served as a leader in the state
House of Representatives.
They said that the improve
ments to the facility are very
important, for safety, for exhibitor
comfort, improved visual appeal,
and that they have been needed for
The key parts of the new system
are 2-inch diameter, hot-dipped
galvanized panels, and linking and
mounting systems.
The 10-foot long, 48-inch high
stall panels have three mid-rails,
the bottom rail at about 2 feet high.
Between the bottom tail and the
bottom of the frame, plywood is
bolted to serve for the rention of
bedding materials.
There ate three vcrticle support
rails to each panel, one at each end,
and one in the middle.
Between the bottom and middle
rails of each panel are two sets of
short connecting bars that serve as
structural supports, and also are
spaced so that forklifts can be used
to quickly load and deliver a num
ber of the sections.
To serve as the frame supports
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From the left, Farm Show workers Ashley Rhodes and Dan Schiegel show one of
many new Farm Show Complex stall panels being assembled at the rate of 80-per-day
in anticipation of the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show debut (Sept. 21-24) of the
complex’s new livestock stall system, and are joined by state Secretary of Agriculture
Samuel Hayes Jr. and Farm Show Director Dennis Grumbine who worked together
and with others on this project, as well as many others in the past, to improve the com
plex as a proper showcase for the state’s agricultural industry.
48-inch-wide, verticlc frames that
serve to anchor the system, as well
as provide as connectors for the
In some areas of the building,
the frames are to be bolted to the
floor. In other areas, where floor
drilling is not desired, painted
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arc to be attatched to the support
frames for stability.
Those who have exhibited lives
tock at the Farm Show Complex
know of the old system and some
of the problems in addition to
being rusty and unsightly, and bro
ken down, many of the pipes and
frames had to be wired together as
This system retains the space
between stall walls where exhibi
tors traditionally keep cots, equip
ment, feed, etc. (That space is
where the water-filled support
drums are to be placed, though
they shouldn’t prevent exhibitors
from using those areas.)
Secretaty Hayes and Grumbine
said the condition of the stalls has
been somewhat of a state embar
rassment for years.
Grumbine said that the new sys
tem will save thousands of hours in
setup time, elminate the need for
all the wire that was used to fash
ion a usuable system, and allow
Farm Show staff efforts to be redi
rected toward better work.
The letters were being sent out
to allow exhibitors the opportunity
to know ahead of time about the
changes, especially those who
have special displays or intend to
have them.
Youth exhibitors at the state
Junior Dairy Show, set for Sept.
21, can expect to use the new sys
tem also, although letters are not
being mailed out to them, since it is
not known much ahead of time, in
any year, who has qualified or
intends to exhibit at the state youth
But PAADS exhibitors are to be
the first to experience the new
In the meantime. Farm Show
staff laborers along with a three
man crew from the State Correc
tional Institution at Camp Hill,
have been working to assemble 80
of the stall panels per day, in order
to be ready for PAADS.
While the galvanized stall frame
work was purchased, the plywood
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