YORKTOWN, N.Y. – One of Yorktown’s oldest traditions, the Grange Fair, returned last week for three days of fun.
The fair, held at the Yorktown Grange fairgrounds on Moseman Road, celebrates Hudson Valley’s agricultural heritage with livestock, produce and flower exhibits, as well as other competitions. This year, there were also many carnival rides, midway games, live music on stage, and a variety of food and beverage for sale.
The Yorktown Grange was organized on Dec. 30, 1898, with 17 members. Some of the names among the early members can be recognized today by roads within Yorktown: Strang, Hill, Curry, Hyatt, Mead, Moseman, Lee and Kear.
By 1920, the Grange was able to purchase its own building at the corner of Hanover Street and Railroad Avenue for $2,400. During meetings at the building, a series of debates occurred over who could grow the best vegetables. One of the members, Chester Hyatt, suggested holding a fair to show off his potato crop and to see if other Grange members could match it. The first Grange Fair was held on Oct. 19, 1923, beginning a trend to the present day.
All photos by Tabitha Pearson Marshall