Ag Progress Days

Ag Progress Days at Penn State, held annually during three days in August, is Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition.

Date and Location

When (Date/Time)

August 16, 2016 9:00 AM to August 18, 2016 4:00 AM

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The Pasto Agricultural Museum is located at the top of Main Street in the heart of the Ag Progress Days event. 

·         Annual Silent Auction Tuesday and Wednesday (til 3pm) inside the museum. Take home a little history. Place your bids early and often—this is the single biggest fund raiser for the museum! Funds raised in the 2016 Silent Auction have been ear marked for enhancing interactive exhibits and displays that connect our agricultural past to the present day. Auction donations are accepted through Monday before APD. Please be generous with your auction donations and bids. Take home a little bit of history!

·         Champion Threshing Demo Tuesday 11am & 2pm, Wednesday 11am & 6pm, Thursday 11am at the “top of Main Street”. Demonstrations outside the museum will share the history of early small grains harvest, threshing wheat on our Champion Threshing machine. Join us to understand how the work on the farm was done using muscle and animal power!

·         Axe Whisperer Tuesday 4pm inside the museum. This interpretive program guide shares tales of the early Pennsylvania woodsman, as told to him by the historic Axes in his collection. Join us to hear stories of the work of early logging and timber.

·         Name that COW! Help us name our newest volunteer – a fiberglass milking cow. She’ll be pastured with the USDA-Ag Research Service during APD in booth CEA14 near the Harrington Building and Corn Maze. (After APD she’ll rejoin us in the museum. Plan to join us when we’ll announce her chosen name at our Ice Cream Social Sunday November 6.)

·         Centre County Historical Society shares some of the early history of the region and founding of Penn State University. Join costumed interpreters as they share "Everyday Objects" of an earlier time. Ongoing, inside the museum.

·         Penn State University Press features their newest release Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers—A Visual History of Pennsylvania’s Railroad Lumbering Communities; The Photographic Legacy of William T. Clarke, by Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell with an Introduction by Linda A. Ries (See Monday October 10th for related lecture at the museum this Fall!)

·         Throughout the museum you’ll see new exhibits and displays that share some of the history of the agricultural equipment and research exhibited all over the APD grounds this week!

·         We’re open til 8pm on Wednesday so you can enjoy amazing fried mushrooms, superb ham & bean soup, and fabulous milk shakes for a perfect APD dinner out with the family!

"Coffee & Crumpets" will be served at 9 to 10 am on Wednesday inside the museum. All are welcome to join us as we thank volunteers, donors, and friends for their support throughout the year. Meet the folks who help make the work of the Pasto Agricultural Museum and Ag Progress Days possible. Oh, and be sure to put in a bid on Silent Auction items while you enjoy a sweet morsel and your morning coffee or tea.

Volunteers can sign up to help at