Distribution on PBS Plus August 2005
"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.
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"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).