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Grange Fair Opens For 71st Year Wednesday

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It’s time for the annual Middletown Grange Fair.

The 71st annual grange fair kicks off Wednesday and runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds at 576 Penns Park Road in Wrightstown.

The festival at the fairground will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday when the Bucks County Commissioners hold their business meeting in the entertainment tent.

Over the course of the grange fair, 65,000 people are expected to take in the 4-H displays, baking contests, amusement rides, artwork business displays, food vendors, and farm animals of all sizes.

Admission to the all volunteer run Grange Fair is free, but parking will cost $10 for a daily parking pass or $30 for a five-day pass.

Area 4-H clubs will have numerous events at the Grange Fair. In addition, the popular pig races, tractor parade, pedal power tractor pull, chicken dinners, and other mainstays will return.

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The grange fair traces its roots to 1948 when a national contest challenged groups to grow 300 bushels of corn. Middletown Grange members planted the corn for the contest in nearby Yardley before inviting the public to attend and participate in the harvest, according to organizers.

By 1966, the Middletown Grange purchased the Wrightstown tract of land. Over the years, the fair and permanent facilities have grown to accommodate the large crowds that attend the Grange Fair.

A full schedule for the week can be found on the grange fair’s website.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001