The 2018 Grange Fair kicks off next Friday, but many vendors and campers are already arriving and setting up.
WTAJ spoke with the fair’s president to hear what this year’s fair has to offer and why there’s nothing quite like it.
“A lot of fairs, people just come for the day and then go home at night… the people that are here are here to stay”, Grange Fair President Ben Haagen said.
The fair is the last tenting fair in the nation and when everything is set up, Haagen promised that the fair itself is a sight that won’t dissapoint.
“When you come over the rise of the hill and you look over the 15-hundred RV’s and thousand tents, you’ll be absolutely amazed”, Haagen said.
And for long-time RV Secretary George Witherite, the view isn’t just something he appreciates from ground level.
“I have a guy that will fly me and we’ll go up and take pictures from the air”, Witherite said.
But beyond the sights, Witherite also appreciates the sense of community between camping neighbors.
“If someone forgot a block to put under their wheel, their neighbor has one, they’ll have it…if someone doesn’t have a long enough electric cord, their neighbor has it. That’s how it works, the people are great, real campers help real people”
Something the Fair is continuing this from last year into this year is a customer appreciation day, which will be Wednesday August 22nd. Everyone coming to the fair that day will be able to park for free.
Work on the fair continues tomorrow when about 700 RV’s will be parked throughout the fair grounds.