The Grange Fair


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THE GRANGE FAIR: AN AMERICAN TRADITION
Produced By Penn State Public Broadcasting

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Plus
PROGRAM LENGTH: 86:46 Close-captioned
PRODUCER/PRESENTOR: Penn State Public Broadcasting, WPSX-TV

SYNOPSIS (LISTING):
"THE GRANGE FAIR: AN AMERICAN TRADITION" chronicles a vanishing piece of Americana, one of the last remaining agricultural encampment fairs in the country, and the families who spend months preparing for this unique rural phenomena. Now in its 131st year, the week-long Centre County Grange Fair in Pennsylvania boasts a small city of almost a thousand residential tents and a fleet of 1,300 recreational vehicles housing thousands of families. Thousands more attend the family reunions, the attractions and agricultural competitions.

Originally conceived in 1874 as a one-day picnic to introduce rural residents to the Grange organization, the fair grew to become, as did other American Grange fairs, a social highlight of the year and main point of information exchange for rural agricultural communities. Produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting.

FUNDING:
"THE GRANGE FAIR: AN AMERICAN TRADITION" is a production of Penn State Public Broadcasting. Partial funding is from the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and the Pennsylvania Public Television Network (PPTN).

PRODUCTION:
Producer/director: Joe Myers
Co-executive producers: Tom Keiter, Tracy Vosburgh
Director of photography: Jeff Preston
Co-writer/Editor: Greg Feinberg
Original music: Ted McCloskey

DVD Available:
Penn State Media Sales
1-800-770-2111
http://www.mediasales.psu.edu

Production contact:
Tracy Vosburgh, Penn State Public Broadcasting
(814) 865-3333

Publicity contact:
Carol Wonsavage, Penn State Public Broadcasting
(814) 865-3333
cgw10@psu.edu