‘Family affair’: Campers, organizers set up for Grange Fair

bmilazzo@centredaily.comAugust 18, 2013 

  • FOCUS ON FAIRGOERS

    Name: June Krumrine

    Age: 81

    Hometown: Centre Hall

    Number of years attending fair: 81

    Favorite fair food: Gross’ french fries with vinegar.

    Must-see fair event: The Grange Fair parade.

    Favorite fair memory: Playing on the playground at the Grange Fair with her grandparents growing up.

    Name: Jerry Krumrine

    Age: 56

    Hometown: Julian

    Number of years attending fair: 56

    Favorite fair food: Hot sausage and peppers from Hewitts, Gross’ french fries and Sunset ice cream.

    Must-see fair event: The grandstand and the tractor pulls.

    Favorite fair memory: Keeping the tradition of camping at the Grange Fair going that dates back to his great-grandparents.

    Name: Sandra Krumrine

    Age: 58

    Hometown: Raised in Bellefonte, currently resides in Julian

    Number of years attending fair: 38

    Favorite fair food: Rotisserie chicken with potatoes from a small vendor. She couldn’t remember the name of the vendor, but said she gets the rotisserie chicken every year.

    Must-see fair event: The grandstand and the country concerts. She said her favorite concerts were Josh Turner and Miranda Lambert.

    Favorite fair memory: Going to the Grange Fair annually and running into old friends she only gets to see at the fair.

    Name: Terry Krumrine

    Age: 37

    Hometown: State College

    Number of years attending fair: 37

    Favorite fair food: Bonfatto’s roast beef hoagie.

    Must-see fair event: The 4x4 tractor pulls.

    Favorite fair memory: Seeing the Kip Moore concert last year.

— Attending the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair is a custom for the Krumrine family.

June Krumrine, 81, said she remembers attending the fair as a child with her family and continues to pass down the tradition.

“When my parents and grandparents were alive, I remember having so much fun, playing with them, playing on the playground and making it a family affair,” she said. “I can’t imagine my life without going to the Grange Fair. I never missed a fair in 81 years.”

June, her son Jerry Krumrine, her daughter-in-law Sandra Krumrine and grandson Terry Krumrine spent most of the day Sunday setting up their tent, where the family will spend the week camping out along with an estimated 10,000 others.

Sunday marked the first day for campers, food vendors and others to set up before the 139th fair begins Thursday.

Fairgrounds General Manager Darlene Confer said there are 1,000 tents and 1,500 recreational vehicles for camping with about four people per campsite.

“This is just the start of things,” Confer said. During the next few days, she said, the setup process will continue while campers can officially spend the night Wednesday into Thursday.

“You get so busy, but we’ve been doing this so long that it becomes second nature,” Confer said.

But so far, Confer said, the setup with campers and food vendors has been going smoothly.

She encourages all campers to set up their equipment during the daytime and to be conscious of other campers as there is limited space between campsites.

“More than anything, we’re busy making sure people are being safe and making sure we’re able to provide the best fair there is,” Confer said. “This is more than just a fair, it’s often times a family reunion with those camping and getting together and an educational program with all we have to offer.”

Britney Milazzo can be reached at 231-4648.

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