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The city of Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania and in 2010 had a population of just under 50,000 people, making it the fifth largest city in the state. The city lies on the east bank of the Susquehanna River which is 169 kilometres west-northwest of Philadelphia. It is served by Harrisburg Airport which is the third largest in the state.
Harrisburg is the host of the Pennsylvania Farm Show, which is the largest free indoor agriculture exposition in the United State. The show was held for the first time in 1917 in the city and has been held there ever since in early-to-mid January. Some of the other notable shows that are held in the city include, the annual outdoor sports show, which is the largest of its kind in North America. The city is also host to an auto show that features a large static display of new cars as well as a large range of classic cars and the show is renowned nationwide.
The city of Harrisburg was voted by Forbes as the second best place in America to raise a family. Harrisburg is situated in an area of immense natural beauty as directly north of the city is the Blue Mountain ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. To the west of the city is the Cumberland Valley as well as the Susquehanna River which continues into northern Maryland. To the east of the city is the very fertile Lebanon Valley. Booking car rental online and collecting the vehicle at the airport is one of the ebst ways to see the beauty of the area in comfort.
The city has a variable climate and the hottest month of the year is July with a 24-hour average temperature of around 24°C. The summer months are usually hot and it is not uncommon for the city to experience heat waves from time to time. The average highs in summer are around 29°C and summer thunderstorms are quite frequent.
Harrisburg experiences cold winters and in the month of January the temperature averages at around 0°C. Snowstorms may occasionally occur and some of the recorded winters have reported snowfall totals that can exceed around 140cm, while during other winters the city may not receive any snow at all.
Harrisburg is quite a cultural hub, as it is home to two major performance centres. The Whitaker Centre for Science and the Arts which was completed in 1999 and is the first establishment of its kind in the United States, as education, science and performing arts all take place under one roof. The Forum is a concert and lecture hall that was built in 1930-31 and has 1763 seats. It is situated in the State Capitol Complex and is state owned, as well as being home to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra since 1931.
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