Grange Fair to use $1.5 million grant to expand equine facilities

The Grange Fair in Centre County will be using a $1.5 million grant to expand their equine facilities. 


Fair officials plan to enclose a show ring, which will allow for events to continue despite bad weather.


The grant comes from Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. 


Any money that is left over after covering the pen will go towards building a new office and additional restrooms. 


The equine facilities are one of the most popular in the state and on the east coast. 


The eventual plan is to build three additional barns which could house over a 1,000 horses. 


Right now, there are only 280 permanent stalls and temporary stalls have to be built during larger shows. 


The covering of the outdoor pen will allow shows to go on no matter the weather


 “So, if you’re having a large show here, you have to be able to have, in the event of inclement weather, you have to be able to have your performances going on, your different events going on. And if the weather is inclement you have to be able to perform outside. You have to have enough under-roof square footage in order to continue having events go on,” General Manager Darlene Confer said.


Officials hope to break ground in September and have it completed by the Spring 2019 show season.

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