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Grange Fair Opens for 137th Year; Damp Weather to Improve

on August 25, 2011 10:39 AM

Seen from atop the adjacent Centre Hall Mountain, the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair grounds appear as a compressed city.

You'll see the tenting area, packed with 950 military-style tents that house fair-going families for more than a week.

And you'll see the RV-and-camper area, parked up with roughly 1,300 recreational vehicles in which thousands more fairgoers stay.

Get a little closer, though, and the full agrarian flavor of the Grange Fair comes into complete view: tractor pulls, livestock shows, produce-growing contests, countless food vendors, commercial exhibits and much more. It's thought to be the last tenting fair in the country.

In its 137th year, the annual fair opened to the public Thursday and will run through Sept. 1. Located at Grange Park, several miles northeast of State College on state Route 45, the fair will feature Thursday a draft-horse show at 4 p.m., a welcome gathering at 6 p.m. and the fair-queen coronation at 7 p.m., among other events.

And while the fair has begun with a damp start (See the photo above; rain fell early Thursday morning), AccuWeather.com forecasts show the weather should clear up for the coming days.

The general-admission price is $15 for a season ticket, though children who are 11 years old or younger are admitted free of charge. Single-day admission costs $6 for those age 12 and older. Vehicle parking costs $3 for a day or $10 for the week.

More Grange Fair insights are available in earlier coverage -- links to which are posted below -- and via the official fair website. Getwireless.net, a sister company of StateCollege.com, provides wireless Internet access at the fairgrounds.

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