"Pennsylvania is home to more than 2,700 forest products companies and more than 500,000 forest landowners. PA Timber Show 2011 will offer exhibitors an affordable way to show the latest in forest product related machinery, equipment, and technological advancements."
While the main purpose of the show is to allow wood industry folks to check out the latest in harvesting and processing technology, it is a chance for the rest of us, who don't work in the woods every day, to see the big machines in action. I shot these videos at the show in 2007, and even though I'm not a very good videographer, they give you a feel of what a day at the show feels like, out on the grounds. Believe me, though, it's a lot better in person, as you feel the earth move below you as these big rigs do their thing.
In addition to the equipment demonstrations, there are vendor exhibitions and educational programs during the entire 2-day affair. It runs this Friday and Saturday, and the show is situated in a beautiful valley just a few miles south of State College. You can get there from anywhere! This is a great educational opportunity, especially for those kids in their early-to-mid-teens whose only exposure to timber harvesting and wood processing are the negative portrayals they get through their schools and the media. At PA Timber 2011 they'll receive an appreciation for real people producing real products with awesome machines. Good stuff.
So if you're interested and want to get out and enjoy the weather in a free, relaxed environment, come on out to the show. It's like reality TV, except you're in it!
And if you come out, stop by and say hi to me...I'll be working at the Penn State Renewable and Alternative Energy exhibition all day Saturday, and speaking about our current economic situation and timber markets at 9:30 am that morning. Looking forward to visiting with you!
This is your chance to get out and really Go Wood!