Grange members shine at Troy Fair

They’re the Grange – and they’re a big part of the Troy Fair.

Just ask Bonnie Borek, Troy Fair secretary, who said the Grange is a big tradition at the fair dating back to its inception.

“The Grange is very special because of the promotion of agriculture,” she noted.

“Many people are a part of the Grange, and they are involved in agriculture. They want to promote it. They do it in many ways.”

“They do a lot of goodwill in the community.”

This year, Grange members are taking part once again in the fair and their displays can be seen in the building on the far side of the fairgrounds.

They include the Minnequa, Wysauking/Sheshequin, Windfall, Columbia/Gillett, Diahoga, Fassett, and Beech Flats granges. Their displays placed in that order with each getting a cash award. As the top winner, Minnequa received $120.

At the fair last Monday, two members of the Minnequa Grange, Elwin Roberts, the master of the grange, and Mable DeBruin, the chaplain of the grange, were on hand.

Their display, which offered information about Pennsylvania, was put together by Lorelei Colton, who is also with the grange.

Roberts said they were surprised by how they fared with their display at the fair.

“We were ecstatic,” he said. He noted that the Grange is valuable because of its lobbying for rural citizens.

The Minnequa Grange is located between Alba and Canton.

Borek is impressed by the Grange members, as is the rest of the Troy Fair Board.

“They are a great asset to us. They’re just a great, great group of people.”

She likes the Grange exhibits.

“Everyone needs to come and see them. They’re wonderful.”

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