MERIDEN — Homegrown produce, flowers and needlepoint were among the items on display at the Meriden Grange fair Saturday.
Bob Charbonneau, the Grange president, joined 45 years ago with his parents while living in Vermont. The group started as an agricultural fraternal organization, but has since evolved.
“It has progressed from that to a community service organization,” he said.
Charbonneau recorded a Grange Radio session at the fair Saturday. It will air next week at grangeradio.org.
His wife Cindy Charbonneau was in charge of judging, which took place the night before, and the pork dinner. Many were drawn to the Grange, located at 540 Broad St., for the buffet-style meal.
“We have quite a few people who come in and take it home,” Cindy Charbonneau said.
The Meriden Grange was built by members in 1914. Bob Charbonneau said the group has pictures of two-horse hitch teams that were used to dig the foundation of the building.
“It was Grange members who built the hall,” he said.
Meriden’s Grange was established in 1885, about 20 years after the national organization was founded. Bob Charbonneau said he recommended membership to residents.
“You have many possibilities to grow and advance within the Grange organization,” he said.
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