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For one week out of the year, Bruce Bickel's garage in Colonial Park becomes a bed and breakfast for Pennsylvania Farm Show guests. Nothing fancy. Just four crates and some covers.

"All I do is provide a place for the animals to stay for a week," said Bickel.

These guests come with no special plans. You could say they "wing it." Hosting them for the overnight hours of Farm Show week is a routine that Bickel started 20 years ago when his daughter volunteered her parents' home as an overnight lodge for a few small animals, reptiles and birds that were being shown at the farm show. At the time, she was a member of the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, owners and handlers of the animals.

Bickel said he is not involved in feeding or caring for his guests. "I only have to provide a cool place here in the garage for the birds that need to be cool and quiet," he said, " and a warm place in the back family room for the snakes, turtles and frogs that need to be kept quiet and warm."

That's right, snakes, turtles and frogs in his family room in sealed, ventilated boxes. Every morning at 8:00, a team of handlers arrives to check the food supplies and then transport the animals, birds and reptiles over to the farm show building in Harrisburg. At night, they bring them back. Those involved with the animals say a break from the noise and hustle of the farm show complex is welcomed by the mostly small wildlife.

"We know from taking care of animals that they're going to do a lot better staying in an environment where it's calm and quiet," said John Drummond of the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Penn State Outreach.

Within minutes of getting to the farm show building, it's show time for the birds, animals and turtles. Using a stage of tables, tanks and displays, handlers offer a close-up look at some of Pennsylvania's most recognized wildlife for the seemingly endless crowds. At the end of a 12-hour day, it's back to Bickel's home for another night of cool, calm and quiet for these stars of nature.

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