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Grange president welcomes everyone to the fair

Do you need a personal invitation to check out this year’s great Grange Fair?

If you do, on behalf of the fair committee, you are welcome to join us at the 139th Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair, which runs from Aug. 22 through 29.

This fair will mark my second year as president. I am still trying to fill Joe Hartle’s shoes and carry on his love of agriculture.

But, I realize and am humbled that a president is only as good as the committee that stands behind him.

Therefore, I would like to thank the Grange Fair committee, general manager, grounds foreman and the grounds crew. In addition, the fair would not be possible without the security team, 4-H leaders and members, FFA leaders and members, exhibitors, legislators, concessionaires, businesses and sponsors, tenters, campers and all of our many visitors.

Come and help us celebrate the “139th kick-off” at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 22.

The opening festivities will be held at Jubilee Grove, adjacent to the headquarters building.

At the opening, we will be unveiling the new logo for the 2014 fair. After the opening ceremony, please join us at 7 p.m. on the Southside Stage as Brittany Etters, 2012 Grange Fair Queen, crowns her successor from among seven talented young ladies competing for the title of 2013 Grange Fair Queen.

Throughout the week-long event, Grange Fair has something to offer every fairgoer — livestock exhibits, Grange displays, commercial displays, 4-H and FFA exhibits, games, rides, mouth-watering fair foods, truck and tractor pulls, needlework, floral and vegetable exhibits, hay and grain exhibits, horseshoe pitching tournament, free Grandstand and Southside Stage acts, equine center events, and much more.

In addition, our fair has 1,000 tenting families and 1,500 trailer camping families living in close proximity in late August.

During this time-frame, Grange Fair becomes a very “unique city” within the town of Centre Hall.

Grange Fair began in 1874 as a one-day picnic under Leonard Rhone. Its purpose was to promote farming and advocate for rural families.

Over the years, the picnic has grown by leaps and bounds. It has expanded to a weeklong event and a permanent home with more than 270 acres.

Our Grange Fair was established as a showcase for agriculture and still carries on that tradition.

It’s so vitally important to educate the next generation about the importance of agriculture to meet our daily needs.

I sincerely hope you will check out our website at and join us at the 2013 Grange Fair.

I hope to see you there!