Caleb Avery, 11, and Zoe Avery, 7, admired the many tractors scattered around the grounds of the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair.
The family traveled from West Bath, Maine, to experience the fair, as they do every year. “I’ve been every year since I was born and she’s been every year except one,” Caleb said.
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Katie Purnell, of Bellefonte, worked the stand for Marcy’s Fresh Squeezed Lemonade as she has for the past four years and is ready for business to pick up as the week goes on. “I just really like interacting with people,” Purnell said. “People say it’s the best lemonade here, too.”
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Joanna Everhart, 14, of State College, decorated the pens for her steers and heifers with her family, trying to ignore her nerves about showing her steer.
Despite having eight years of experience in showing, Joanna still spent hours practicing. “I’ve been practicing all year,” Joanna said. “You get them at the end of the week and then you start working for next year’s fair.”
Her sister, Jaylene Everhart, 7, is too young to show, but she will be dressing one of her sister’s goats.
“I’m excited because I get to meet up with my friend for the first time since school ended and she’s doing it with me,” Jaylene said. “Next year I can show in the open show.”