Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
510 S. 31st Street , Camp Hill, PA 17001 • 717.761.2740 • Email • @pfbmediaone
For Immediate Release: August 16, 2016
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(State College) – Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell was the featured attraction at Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s (PFB) exhibition building at Ag Progress Days. Cantrell, who grew up on a 700-acre farm in Georgia, spent four hours engaging in conversations with the public and participating in a fun and active learning exercise with children.
“Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is thrilled to be able to provide the opportunity for farmers, their children and other Ag Progress Days visitors to meet Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “With her strong farming roots, Miss America easily made personal connections with guests at our building.”
Cantrell specifically spent time with children, taking part in an educational hopscotch activity developed by the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation (PFAF), which is a charitable organization supported by PFB. The activity worked perfectly in unison with Miss America’s platform issue “Healthy Children, Strong America,” which encourages children to make healthy choices and to stay active.
“We strongly support Miss Cantrell’s focus on educating children about the need to make healthy choices and to exercise. In fact, our foundation’s six Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs touch on a wide variety of issues including science, nutrition and healthy food choices, during visits to schools across Pennsylvania throughout the year,” added Ebert.
Aside from the visit by Miss America, PFB also had a wide variety of exhibits and information on farm issues, policies and Farm Bureau benefits in its building, which is located at Main Street and East Fifth on the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in Rock Springs.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of nearly 62,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.