The Yorktown Grange Association has issued its call for entries for the annual agricultural and homemaking competitions that are a signature attraction of its legendary Grange Fair.
Dating to the early 20th Century, the 93-year-old destination event continues to hold a special place in local lore as Westchester County’s only authentic agricultural fair. The Grange Fair is a three-day, throwback celebration of the Hudson Valley’s deep roots in farm culture: Livestock and produce exhibits are planted alongside carnival rides, midway games, live entertainment on the main stage, and abundant food and beverage.
This year’s down-home theme of “A Family Fair Where Farm Meets Fun” is roundly reflected in the cornucopia of categories contestants can enter.
In addition to the staunch regulars who enter the Grange Fair contests each year, first-time contestants of all ages and interests are encouraged by the Yorktown Grange Fair Association to join in the fun for a chance to walk away with coveted awards, as well as bragging rights, in their favorite areas of interest.
A 22-page official contest booklet includes details and rules of each category. There are nine major areas of competition, each with multiple sub-categories, such as Livestock (Goats, Llama & Pigs, etc.); Produce (Home Garden, Veggie Creatures, Biggest Pumpkin, etc.); Flower (Design, Photo, Horticulture, etc.); and Needlework (Crochet & Tatting, Knitting, Embroidery, etc.). Other contests include Poultry, Baking, Photography, Art After 55, and Lego Show.
The contest booklet is available for viewing and downloading (in PDF format) at YorktownGrangeFair.org.
For the first time in its history, the Yorktown Grange Fair is pre-selling general admission tickets. As in past years, fairgoers also can pay at the gate. For more information on how to buy tickets prior to the Fair, contact the Grange at FairOffice@optonline.net.
Whether purchased in advance or on site, ticket prices are as follows: General admission, $8; adults 62 and over, children 11 and under, and all students with valid school ID, $5; children under 2, free. On Friday, Sept. 8, adults 62 and over can enjoy a free meal served from 4-5 p.m., during which time the admission fee for seniors is $2.
The 2017 Yorktown Grange Fair is open 4-11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept 10.
Fairgrounds are at 99 Moseman Ave., Yorktown Heights, N.Y. 10958. Phone: (914) 962-3300.
For more information, please visit YorktownGrangeFair.org.