‘Glamping’ returns to this year’s Grange Fair

Last year’s glamping tent included heat and electric, a queen-size bed, furniture and more.
Last year’s glamping tent included heat and electric, a queen-size bed, furniture and more. Centre Daily Times, file

The Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair, in collaboration with Seven Mountains Media’s 3WZ, will offer eight fair attendees an opportunity to camp with style in a “glamping” tent from Friday-Aug. 27. All items in the glamping tent will be auctioned off to help the Grange Fair’s Tree Fund.

“This is something we knew our listeners at 3WZ would really gravitate to,” said Cathy Brown, the Seven Mountains Media promotions director and morning show co-host.

At 142 years old, the Grange Fair is one of America’s oldest festivals. Brown explained that this is an opportunity for listeners to not only attend the fair in style, but to also be a part of the fair’s rich history.

“There are no new tents. Many of those tents have been held in families for a hundred years. ... If I went right now and submitted an application to get a tent, it could be 20 years before I get one,” Brown said.

This will be Seven Mountains Media’s second consecutive year holding the glamping tent auction. Brown said that this year’s tent, while keeping with the country theme of the fair, will hold a slight variation of last year’s rustic theme. The tent will be revealed in full on Friday, during the first day of the Grange Fair.

Winners, in addition to being awarded a night for four people in the glamping tent, will also receive a complimentary breakfast and dinner, and a pair of one-day passes to the fair.

“We are extremely appreciative and we love the fact that we have that relationship with the Grange Fair that we were able to do this,” Brown said. She also explained that putting this event together took almost six months due to the limited availability of tent space.

“It’s camping, but we’re stepping it up a notch or two. It’s camping for people who wouldn’t normally camp,” Brown said.