Each year during the first weekend in May, the Pennsylvania Association of Meat Processors has its annual convention in State College, PA, hosted by Penn State University. During the 2.5-day event, independent butchers and meat processors attend educational seminars, have products evaluated by experts as part of a cured meat product competition, and perhaps most importantly, discuss challenges and successes with each other. Though in the same business, many attendees (in all, there are usually >300 processors and suppliers) are not direct competitors. How’s that? Because one operates a small-scale shop three counties away from another. In short, there business doesn’t always overlap. The result is a fun meeting attended by a lot of outgoing, happy people.
I’ve posted a few photos to show what sort of activities happen at the PAMP convention. Although it’s the “Pennsylvania” association, we have members from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and West Virginia attend this meeting each year. It’s great to bring everyone together in Happy Valley.