Another Grange Fair has come to an end, this year on a Saturday. With families gathering at their tents for the last time of the week, and some winning larger than life prizes from the games, there were smiles all around. Biggest disappointment for the end of the fair, having to wait 360 some days to dig into all the delicious food again!
I enjoy the stories everyone shares with me at the Grange fair each year. A tent with a large corn obelisk grabbed my attention to start the day. The family created the decoration off of a photo from one of the first fairs. With good history to start my day I captured images to become history for these families.
As I wondered through the tents from my car to the animal barns a came across the sunshine club singing and dancing for all to enjoy.
Next came my mission for the day. To spend time at the junior market beef show. Youngsters work all year on raising cattle to show in hopes of winning a ribbon and a monetary prize. Then the animals are sold, and as the announcer said, these cattle can fill your freezer…
Despite the dreary weather to start the day the Centre County Grange Fair and Encampment was bustling today. The weekend at the fair is a big time for family picnics and fair goers from far away to enjoy the activities.
Before the Grange Fair officially starts, there needs to be a Grange Fair Queen ready to take on a long list of duties for the week. Tonights pageant featured six young ladies sharing their favorites about the fair and agriculture. A surprised and thrilled high school senior accepted the crown as her dress shimmered on stage.
The trailers were packed high and hammering filled the air. It’s Grange Fair time. With the first day for tenters to get into the fairgrounds they built their kitchens and front porches as they laughed with family and friends. This will be my fourth Grange so I’ve gotten used to the impressive additions that are made to their outdoor homes for the week. I even met a family who said they are the only duplex of tents on the grounds, as they built their porch to extend over both their family tents.
The Grange fair is really growing on me more and more. After some sad family news yesterday I was walking through the tents and had a young girl walking next to me start to chat with me. Small talk but she was so friendly and bubbly it was just what I needed to cheer up my day. People are so personable and excited about the fair that it makes my job easier.
Here are some of my favorites.