Penns Valley

‘Family affair’: Campers, organizers set up for Grange Fair

Attending the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair is a custom for the Krumrine family.

June Krumrine, 81, said she remembers attending the fair as a child with her family and continues to pass down the tradition.

“When my parents and grandparents were alive, I remember having so much fun, playing with them, playing on the playground and making it a family affair,” she said. “I can’t imagine my life without going to the Grange Fair. I never missed a fair in 81 years.”

June, her son Jerry Krumrine, her daughter-in-law Sandra Krumrine and grandson Terry Krumrine spent most of the day Sunday setting up their tent, where the family will spend the week camping out along with an estimated 10,000 others.

Sunday marked the first day for campers, food vendors and others to set up before the 139th fair begins Thursday.

Fairgrounds General Manager Darlene Confer said there are 1,000 tents and 1,500 recreational vehicles for camping with about four people per campsite.

“This is just the start of things,” Confer said. During the next few days, she said, the setup process will continue while campers can officially spend the night Wednesday into Thursday.

“You get so busy, but we’ve been doing this so long that it becomes second nature,” Confer said.

But so far, Confer said, the setup with campers and food vendors has been going smoothly.

She encourages all campers to set up their equipment during the daytime and to be conscious of other campers as there is limited space between campsites.

“More than anything, we’re busy making sure people are being safe and making sure we’re able to provide the best fair there is,” Confer said. “This is more than just a fair, it’s often times a family reunion with those camping and getting together and an educational program with all we have to offer.”