On behalf of the Fair Committee, I cordially invite you to attend the “one-of-a-kind” Centre County Grange Fair. This year’s fair dates are Aug. 21 through 28 at the Grange fairgrounds in Centre Hall. Mark your calendars and plan to attend — there is something for everyone!
The 1,000 tents make us a truly unique fair: families bringing couches, televisions, beds, tables, microwaves, etc. — everything but the kitchen sink. Oops, forget that. I’ve seen makeshift kitchen sinks.
We are also home to more than 1,500 RV campers. Twenty-five hundred families come together and live in close proximity for one week each August. This makes Grange Fair a “city” within the town of Centre Hall.
The fair started 140 years ago by Leonard Rhone, who had the foresight and saw the need to share the Grange organization with his community to advocate for farm and rural families and to promote agriculture. We remain true to those roots.
Come and see the flower, vegetable, needlework displays and other horticultural exhibits, 4-H and FFA projects, hobby collections, art and photography entries, truck and tractor pulls, livestock (rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats, swine, sheep, beef and dairy cattle) and our state-of-the-art equine facility.
This year, our fair queen committee is excited to have six talented young women vying for the title of Centre County Grange Fair queen at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Southside Stage. That evening, last year’s queen, Madison Kauffman, will crown her successor.
On Aug. 21, the fair will officially open. This year’s ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Jubilee Grove near headquarters. Come and join us for the kickoff!
As a young boy, I was always excited for the last week of August, a time to showcase my vegetable, flower and livestock entries. This was truly a vacation for a boy who grew up on a dairy farm.
Now, as a grandpa, Pop Pop, I treasure the memories I get to make with my grandson, Zane, who comes to the fair from Oregon each August.
Come to my fair and enjoy our 300 concessions and two amusement ride areas. If you enjoy great fair food and amusements, there is something here for you. And Grange Fair still offers its free entertainment at the Grandstand, Southside Stage and Jubilee Grove.
Come and see the Swon Brothers, Chubby Checker, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Jason Crabb and much, much more. Check out our website, grangefair.net, for a full list of fair activities. Also, “like” us on Facebook and see what’s happening as we approach the start to this year’s fair.
I thank everyone who continues to make our fair a success from year to year— a sincere thank you to the Grange Fair Committee, general manager, grounds foreman, grounds crew and the security team.
The fair would not be possible without many workers behind the scenes, 4-H and FFA members and leaders, exhibitors, nurses, EMS personnel, legislators, concessionaires, businesses and sponsors, tenters, campers and all of our many visitors and friends.
Be our guest at the 140th Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair and make some treasured memories of your own.