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Campers ready for 2013 Grange Fair

by: Stef Davis

CENTRE HALL--It wouldn't be summer time in Centre County without the Grange fair. Thousands of RVs rolling in and hundreds of tents popping up along the country side in Centre Hall. Monday marks three days before the official kick off to the fair and already the place is packed--earning the nickname the nation's most unique county fair.

Bob Lingle, Centre Hall, says, I lived in Colorado and people out there had no clue. We had to take pictures to actually show them what it was like."

Bob Lingle and his sister Janice Johnstonbaugh have been camping out at the grange fair since the 1950s. In fact, the plot where their camper sits has been passed down through the generations.

Janice Johnstonbaugh, Petersburg, says, Thursday Ill have my six grandkids here and we go ride. They'll stay overnight. Three of them."

Lingle adds, Its like a big family reunion. You see all your friends, people you havent seen from year to year."

And these fair goers don't mess around. They'll camp out here at the grounds until next Thursday--thats 10 full days at the fair--come hell or high water.

Johnstonbaugh says, And I will be here til its over."

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