DUNKIRK - The Grange Division of the Chautauqua County Fair recently announced winners in the grange competition at the fair.
Taking first place is Ross Grange 305 from Falconer. The theme its members selected was Grandma's Home Remedies, showing all the different products one would use from either the household or the kitchen clean up, or to aid ina cure, or getting rid of pests and insects.
Second place was Ellery Center Grange 353. Its theme was the Kesby Sisters and dealt with apple facts. Together Linda and Lois Kesby designed two large trees, and on them they place red apple made from red construction paper. On each apple was listed a beneficial fact about the fruit.
Additional recognition was given to Ellery Grange for the Booth with the Best Rural Theme. The grange will receive the traveling plaque with the grange's name and year won engraved on it and a $100 check from Z & M Ag and Turf. In addition, the Ellery Grange took first place in the Educational Value competition, winning a $50 check sponsored by the Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Association.
The third place winner was Ripley Grange 65, whose booth reflected on Our American Flag. Three main features to their display was "Respect Our Flag," "Protect Our Flag" and "Display Our Flag" The entire booth was done up in red, white and blue and showed various photos of the American flag in use. Ripley also was honored with the Judge's Choice Award, receiving a $50 check given by the Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Association.
The fourth place winner was Villenova Grange 604 for its winning theme of "Barn Quilting" featuring a red and black design with three lambs in the middle. A barn quilt is another name for a quilt square that is pained and then mounted on the outside of a barn. Members of the Villenova Grange took second place in the Educational Value competition and received a $25 check from Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Association.
The fifth place winner was Grange 1 from Fedonia, and the theme it reflected was from the farm garden to the Fredonia Farmers Market.
In the junior division, Ripley Junior Grange took first place for the Judges Choice Award and received a check for $25 for the Chautauqua Patron's Insurance Association.
Finally with a total score of 88 out of 100, was the Pomona Grange Award to Chautauqua County Pomona Grange 3, featuring the benefits of beloning to the grange. Assisting Art Kinney, Grange chairman, were members of the Pomona Grange Committee, Jared and Martha Wolley from Villenova.