Grange Fair to receive $1.5M grant for equine facility upgrades

HARRISBURG — The Equine Center at Grange Park is set to receive $1.5 million from a state economic growth initiative to renovate and upgrade the equine facility, according to state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Bellefonte.

“This expansion project is vital in increasing the role that the Grange Fair and its equine facilities play as an economic driver for our community,” said Corman, who received the 2017 Friend of the Fair award from the Centre County Grange Fair. “Growing up with the Grange Fair, I know the integral part it already plays in our community. I have watched the fair flourish throughout the years and am honored to be a part of that growth.”

Corman said while the money was awarded through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program program in 2017, the funds have only been scheduled for release in recent weeks. RCAPs are designed to assist in the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.

The release of the $1.5 million is part of the $3 million expansion project to renovate the equine center by expanding exhibit arenas, adding coverings for existing facilities and constructing three permanent barns.