Harrisburg, PA – A local Curwensville woman is singing the National Anthem at the 2022 PA Farm Show today!
In the Oh Say Can You Sing? Contest this year, singers who garnered the most social media votes were each given a day to start off the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January with the National Anthem.
A young lady from Schuylkill County, Kallie Josephine Smith, was the overall winner of the contest.
Singers from Armstrong, Berks, Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lancaster, Lebanon and Mifflin counties were among other top vote-getters.
That includes singer Heather Olson from Curwensville, who was selected to sing the National Anthem for today. You might know her as a local Patsy Cline tribute artist and member of the local group Heather Olson and the Silver Eagle band.
You can see the video of Heather Olson singing the Anthem at the PA Farm Show Facebook page.
Harrisburg, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced the singers who garnered the most social media votes to win the 2022 PA Farm Show National Anthem contest, ‘Oh, Say Can You Sing?’. Kallie Josephine Smith of Gordon, Schuylkill County was the overall winner of the contest. Singers from Armstrong, Berks, Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lancaster, Lebanon and Mifflin counties were among other top vote-getters.
“Farm Show is a time to celebrate our commonwealth, our nation and our pride in what our industry contributes to our economy and our way of life,” said Redding. “These singers will help set a tone of unity and pride in commonwealth and country as we start each day of the 2022 PA Farm Show.”
The top 20 finalists were selected by a panel of judges. Finalists were posted on Facebook for fan voting to determine the winners.
A contest winner will sing live at 8:00 AM each day of the 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show, from January 8-15, and will be featured live on PA Farm Show’s Facebook page. Winners will also sing to open some of the week’s events.
“The National Anthem is one of the most important and meaningful songs to have the honor to sing,” said Smith. “I know that farming in Pennsylvania is a big deal, so it is an honor to sing for the farmers and ranchers of Pennsylvania who put food on our tables. Every time I sing the National Anthem, I get to show my pride for this country and state of Pennsylvania. I’m so excited to see all the animals and finally get to drink a PA Farm Show milkshake!”
Other winners, in the order of the date they will sing are listed below.
Saturday, Jan. 8
8:00 a.m. – Cheyenne Cramer, Vandergrift, Armstrong Co.
10:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony – PA Dairy Princess State Royalty Team
Kelly Bliss, Alternate PA Dairy Princess, Trough Creek, Huntingdon Co.
Crystal Bomgardner, Alternate PA Dairy Princess, Jonestown, Lebanon Co.
Mikayla Davis, PA Dairy Princess, Leesport, Berks Co.
Sunday, Jan. 9
8:00 a.m. – Cheyenne Doell, New Florence, Indiana Co. and Gabrielle Wirick, Cramer, Indiana Co.
Monday, Jan. 10
8:00 a.m. – David Kaup, Tyrone, Blair Co.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
8:00 a.m. – Greg Irvin, Denver, Lancaster Co.
9:30 a.m. – Jr. Livestock Sale – Kalli Josephine Smith, Gordon, Schuylkill Co.
Wednesday, Jan. 12
8:00 a.m. – Sanai, Purkait, State College, Centre Co.
Thursday, Jan. 13
8:00 a.m. – Rodney Brenneman, Manheim, Lancaster Co.
Friday, Jan. 14
8:00 a.m. – Heather Olson, Curwensville, Clearfield Co.
Saturday, Jan. 15
8:00 a.m. – Abigail Liebegott, Lewistown, Mifflin Co.
The 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show will feature a return of fan-favorites like the 1,000-pound butter sculpture, famous Farm Show Food Court, bunny hopping and sheep shearing competitions (among hundreds of other competitive agricultural events), cooking demonstrations at the PA Preferred® Culinary Connection, and more than one million square feet of hands-on agriculture education opportunities and chances to engage with the people who power Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry.