New building going up on the grange fairgrounds

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The animals had been housed in tents during previous fairs, but that’s not the safest option for the animals or the people who show them, Grange President Scott Dengler said. Other animals already have their own pavilions.

“When you get a big wind storm coming through … [the tents] become loose, then rain collects in the tents, and you have a safety issue,” Dengler said. “The more permanent buildings we get, the better off we are in that respect.”

image19The new pavilion will be 60 feet by 120 feet, with fencing around the perimeter. It’s being constructed by Amish builders from the Lancaster area. Most of the funding came from private donations raised by the local 4-H clubs, while the Grange chipped in about $10,000.

“It wouldn’t have happened without the support of the community,” said Bob Brown, who helps oversee the area’s 4-H programs at the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Bucks County.

Local builders made most of the contributions, Brown said.

Loretta Rush of Plumstead, whose daughter, Olivia, has been a 4-H goat club member for four years, said the new pavilion will be a big help. “It’s kind of exciting for us,” said Rush, who also works for the cooperative extension. “It’s really hard to protect the animals with just a canvas tarp. Having a permanent structure with electrical out¬lets will be a good thing for us

The new pavilion will also, allow each goat to have its own pen during the five-day fair, she said. At previous fairs, the goats sometimes had to double up. Club members plan to bring 19 goats to this year’s fair, Rush said. Since her daughter joined, the, club’s membership has nearly doubled, from eight to 15.

“Even though Bucks’ County has become more suburbanized,” Dengler said, “every year we have more and more animals at the fair.”

The 58th annual Grange’ Fair starts Aug. 16.   By Jesse Abrams-Morley  COURIER TIMES