Middletown Grange Fair is back for its 72nd year in Wrightstown

With the end of summer in sight, what better way to spend one last night then outside with animals, families, live music and the smell of freshly popped popcorn.

The Middletown Grange is hosting its 72nd annual fair, a Bucks County tradition that dates back to 1948, from August 17 to August 21 this year. This week marks its return to the Wrightstown Fairgrounds after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

Led by volunteers from Middletown Grange, a nonpartisan, nonsectarian, fraternal organization with roots in agriculture, the fair promotes and celebrates agriculture, with its core rooted in community and family.

What is the Middletown Grange Fair?

The Grange Fair began in 1948 when Middletown Grange entered a national contest sponsored by Farm Journal magazine to raise 300 bushels of corn to an acre. The Grange has invited the public to attend, asking farm equipment dealers to help with the harvest at Heston Manor Farm near Yardley.

The first fair featured exhibits of farm machinery, supplies, automobiles, and household goods.

Every year more crops have been planted and new events like Barn Member Product Contest, Livestock Shows, Tractor Driving, Fashion Shows, Machine Shows, Square Dancing, Bands high school kids, TV personalities, 4-H activities, the famous chicken barbecue dinners. , horse shows and more have been included.

In 1966 the Middletown Grange purchased land in Wrightstown which would become the site of the fair for years to come. Over the years, the once two- and three-day fair held to harvest crops has grown into an annual five-day tradition that takes place every August in Wrightstown.

Learn more about the history of the Fair:Middletown Grange Fair History

Find out more about the Foire de la Grange:Middletown Grange Fair, a Bucks County tradition

Middletown Grange set to open

The Middletown Grange Fair will be held August 17-21 at 576 Penns Park Road.

On Wednesday and Thursday the fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Friday and Saturday the fair is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the fair is free but parking costs $20 per car per day. A five-day pass is available for $50 and can be purchased at the entrance during the fair. All veterans are free with their ID.

Susan Consalvo, from Upper Southampton, contributes floral design for the upcoming Middletown Grange Fair in Wrightstown, Monday August 15, 2022.

What to do at the fair?

There’s something for everyone at this year’s show. Entertainment at the fair includes Skelly’s Amusement rides, live music, food, a kids’ corner, a new children’s play area, pony rides, hot dog races and pit hole tournaments. corn.

Plus, there will be tractor parades every night at 6:30 p.m., crafts and activities for kids, demonstrations around the fairgrounds, tractor games, and 4-H rally shows.

Skelly's Amusement Ferris wheel is ready for the upcoming Middletown Grange Fair in Wrightstown, Monday August 15, 2022.

What is the Middletown Grange?

A barn is a “grassroots, nonpartisan, nonsectarian, agriculturally rooted fraternal organization,” according to the Middletown Grange website.

Having started as a farmers’ organization, the barn has evolved to include people “from all walks of life who have a common goal of making our world a better place to live”.

La Grange works to promote programs for rural communities and hosts various 4-H events, specialty shows, car shows, township festivals, the Wrightstown Farmer’s Market as well as other community events. special interest.

What should I know about 4-H in Bucks County?

With 4-H activities and recap shows scattered throughout the weekend, here’s everything you need to know about 4-H.

4-H is an educational program for youth ages 5-18 designed to provide children with interactive learning experiences to develop the skills needed to pursue their passions, with an emphasis on the four H’s – head, heart , hands and health.

In the club children are exposed to topics such as dairy cows, goat farming, local history, healthy living, cooking, robotics, shooting, archery, science veterinarian, leadership and public speaking.

To date, there are over 30 clubs in Bucks County and the clubs meet once a month to work on their special projects.

After a year of preparation, 4-H members bring their completed projects to the fair for display and judging.

Learn more about 4-H:Grange Fair a showcase for 4-H clubs

Learn more about volunteers:Volunteers are an integral part of the Grange Fair

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