What’s on your bucket list this summer?
As a young boy, Grange Fair was always at the top of my summer bucket list. I still remember grooming and training my 4-H dairy heifer, Annabelle, for exhibition at the Grange Fair.
Even today, Grange Fair still tops my summer bucket list — and I certainly hope a visit to Grange Fair makes your list.
I cordially invite you to attend the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair the last week of August. This year’s fair officially begins on Aug. 21 and runs through Aug. 29.
Our Centre County Grange Fair queen contest will be held prior to the official opening of fair at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Southside Stage. The change was made to allow the new queen to be a part of all opening fair festivities.
This year, there are eight talented young ladies vying for the title that evening, and outgoing queen Emily Allegar will crown her successor. Emily has done a fabulous job promoting our fair throughout the year at parades, schools, community events and of course the many activities at Grange Fair. Her job has been to promote our fair and showcase Pennsylvania’s No. 1 industry, agriculture.
You will notice several additions and improvements when you visit the fair this year. We are proud to see our Equine Facility continue to grow with the addition of a new horse barn, which holds 150 stalls and is connected by a walkway to the covered arena. A new horse stalling office will be on site for this year’s fair too.
Improvements have also been made to the swine and sheep barns. Each barn will have a new roof. In addition, the 4-H and FFA swine barn have a new 10-stall addition. Both swine barns have also been equipped with an automatic watering system. Some paving improvements have been done in various areas throughout the fair as well.
One thing missing this year will be our poultry entries. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has canceled all poultry shows and exhibitions due to the risk of avian flu. So, the 4-H and FFA poultry exhibitors have been planning some alternatives to showcase their projects. Come to the rabbit and poultry barn and check out their creative displays.
At Grange Fair, there is something for everyone!
If you enjoy the animal exhibits, please check out our rabbits, sheep, goats, swine, beef, dairy and horse barns.
If you savor fair food and displays, check out our 300 concessionaires.
If it is rides you enjoy, the fair provides two amusement ride areas.
If it is top-notch entertainment you prefer, Grange Fair provides free entertainment at Jubilee Grove, the Southside Stage and the main Grandstand. The entertainers featured at the Grandstand this year are Old Dominion, Remington Ryde Bluegrass Band, Craig Wayne Boyd, Guy Penrod, Sammy Kershaw, Paul Revere’s Raiders, Francesca Battistelli and Cassadee Pope.
Please check out our Grange Fair website at grangefair.net or like us on Facebook for other fair activities and updates.
If you are looking for a fun-filled, affordable family day, come to McDonald’s Day on Aug. 26. For $8 per person, you will get admission to the fair, parking and an all-day ride pass to Bartlebaugh Amusements.
If it is the smoke and roar of trucks and tractors that excite you, visit our competition track.
If you enjoy displays provided by local residents, check out our flower, vegetable and needlework entries, 4-H and FFA projects, hobby collections, art and photography entries and grange exhibits.
The “Great Grange Fair” is an awesome one-of-kind tenting and encampment fair, home to 2,500 families who make Grange Fair their home away from home each August.
As fair president, I thank everyone who makes the fair a success — a sincere thank you to the Grange Fair committee, general manager, grounds foreman, grounds crew, chief of security and security team.
The fair would not be possible without many workers behind the scenes: 4-H and FFA members and leaders, exhibitors, nursing staff, EMS personnel, parking crew, gate attendants, building watchers, computer data-entry staff, businesses and sponsors, legislators, tenters, campers and all of our many visitors and friends. There are many heroes who work to make the fair a success.
Be certain to mark Grange Fair on your summer bucket list, join the tradition and be our guest at the 141st Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair.
President, Centre County Grange Fair