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D26-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, January 8, 2000
The Logan family eagerly await the Farm Show. From left, Jacob, 12; Ben, 18; Katie,
16; father, Tom; and mother Joann. The family’s 80-acre farm has been divided by the
Pennsylvania turnpike, with the section that runs between the Irwin and New Stanton
exits. In spite of the pressures, Joann said they plan to farm as long as possible. Photo
by David Hiebort
Anticipate Farm Show
Westmoreland Co. Correspondent
SCOTTDALE (Westmoreland Co.) Farm fami
lies near here are anticipating the state Farm Show in
a big way. Busses have been reserved, trailers com
mandeered, and family vehicles outfitted for the trip
to the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex.
Amid lots of holiday activity, show families eager
ly talked about the coming event and what they’ve
done in preparation.
For Will Hilly, Jr., the event is big, since it will be
one of his last as a 4-H participant In quantity it is
also big. He has 10 bred guilts of the 55 registered
Durocs listed in the catalog. His list of entries
includes 12 bred gilts for the open show and sale and
two 4-H animals.
The Hilty family has participated in the farm show
for more than 40 years. Will’s grandfather, James,
“Will Jr.,” he said, “has been going since he could
walk.” And a fond memory from 1987 came in Will
Jr.’s kindergarten days when he showed the champ
ionship Hampshire hog at the Keystone International
Will Jr., who has participated in 4-H for nine years,
is a junior at Mount Pleasant Area High School. Will
Jr. participates in the Blue Ribbon Ag 4-H Club, with
Betty Harr as the adult leader.
Others in the Hilty family planning to attend the
show include Will’s stepsister, Beth Weber, who will
bring a Yorkshire market hog; Will Sr.; and Jason, 6.
Grandfather James will stay around the farm to be
near his wife, who is hospitalized for complications
following a knee replacement operation. The family
plans to bring market steers to the show had to be
canceled when their animals all matured, and were
sold before showtime.
Katie Logan, a 16-year-old from Irwin, is follow
ing family tradition in attending the farm show.
The year 2000 will be the third time she’s made the
trip. And the whole family is going: her parents Tom
and Joann, and two brothers, Ben, 18, and Jacob, 12.
Katie plans to take a registered Shorthorn market
Katie, who has been showing animals for 8 years,
said that the competition on the state level and meet
ing other 4-H people are the strong points for going to
the show. With eight years of 4-H experience, she
participates with the Westmoreland County 4-H Beef
Club. It meets monthly at the county extension
offices in Greensburg. Terry Milowick, New Stan
ton, is the adult leader.
Katie also talked about the timing for showing.
Some of the animals the family took for the county
level show were too old when it came to the state
show. Ben Logan, her 8-year-old brother, said that to
show, an animal should be 16-18 months old and
weigh in at 1,200-1,300 pounds.
The Logan family operates from an 80-acre base
near the Irwin exit on the Pennsylvania turnpike. In
addition to the home farm, they cultivate about 1,000
acres of neighboring property for what is mainly a
They also feed out 30 steers a year and maintain a
herd of about 20 breeding stock.
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Katie Logan, Irwin, plans to show a registered Shorthorn
Joann said the farm includes
conservation practices in their
operation, including strip farming
to control erosion, nutrient man
agement, crop rotation, and rota
tional grazing for their breeding
As for the future of fanning,
Joann Logan, Katie’s mother, said
because the farm is surrounded by
housing developments, they
believe they have no place to grow.
As children of a farm family the
Logans are almost an oddity in
their school system. All the prop-
city around the farm is set tor
development with city water and
sewer. But they plan to farm as
long as possible.
One encouragement for young
people who show on the state level
is an annual $2OOO scholarship,
which is available to many farm
show participants. To be eligible
the applicant must be enrolled in
an accredited course of study at an
institution of higher learning.
According to the web site: Farm
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