While some Granges have struggled to survive changing times and a hectic modern culture, a local chapter has redoubled its efforts to support area agriculture, attract younger members and bolster its community service efforts.
Simsbury Grange 197's efforts have included launching a junior grange, working more on community service, supporting farmers and making improvements to its 1930 building.
And on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the organization will host its agricultural fair at its hall at 236 Farms Village Road (Route 309). The fair is a long-time tradition but this marks the second year since it was resurrected after a lapse.
"We've started anew," said Simsbury Grange President Barbara Friedland. "We're trying to get it going again."
The fair will feature a variety of activities, exhibits and entertainment. Adults and children have the chance to show off their talents and compete in contests for ribbons and prizes.
In addition, the event features a bake and craft sale, exhibits from local organizations and farms, kids’ activities.
Bill Benson, who won the top prize at the Northwest Idol 2013 contest at the Warner Theater, will provide entertainment.
Community groups and non-profits like the Daughters of the American Revolution and Farmington Valley Visitors Association will also be on hand.
In addition, the Junior Grange will host a refreshment stand and will start selling advance tickets for “Brian Miller Magic and Friends” on Nov. 3. A cameo appearance by Miller is expected at the Agricultural Fair.
Fair Brochures are available at the Simsbury Town Hall, Flamig
Farm, the Senior Center, and the Simsbury Library or online at http://www.simsburygrange.org.
Simsbury Grange Hall is located at 236 Farms Village Road (Rt. 309), West Simsbury.
For additional information on the grange e-mail atinfo@SimsburyGrange.org or visit http://www.SimsburyGrange.org.