The 146th annual California State Grange Convention took place Oct. 1-3 in Orangevale. Due to COVID, in-person attendance was limited to state officers and directors. However, all workshops and events were live streamed to Zoom “hubs” around the state including the North Fork Grange which hosted members from Ono and Buckeye. Presently, the North Fork Grange has two active members within the California State Grange: Deputy State Grange Master Will Shaw and State Grange Gatekeeper Chad Smith. Smith was selected as a Communications Fellow for the 155th National Grange Convention held Nov. 9-13 in Wichita, Kansas.

The Grange hosted the 17th annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 9. Community members and out-of-towners up for a weekend drive gathered at the Highland Art Center meadow in Weaverville to listen to live music while perusing local crafts, sampling food and enjoying a fine selection of beers from the Trinity County Brewing Company.

Unfortunately, due to local COVID restrictions, this year’s Halloween dance was canceled. However, Grange members dressed up to volunteer in the Weaverville Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Candy Cruise. Their spirit was palpable and for the second year, the North Fork Grange snagged the first-place prize for Best Decorations.

The rain retreated briefly Saturday, Nov. 6, for The Water Bar & North Fork Grange’s Trinity County Fire Benefit. Grange Master Duncan McIntosh emceed the benefit’s auction in The Water Bar’s beautiful garden event space in Weaverville. Community members baked decadent cakes and pies for the live auction alongside items donated from local merchants. The Trinity County Brewing Company debuted a special beer for the event—Trinity Strong. More than $14,000 was raised for fire victims. All money will be disbursed through the Lions Club.

Behind the scenes, North Fork Grange grant writers secured a cornucopia of grants to boost its infrastructure allowing it to better serve the community at-large. A generous grant was awarded by Coast Central Credit Union allowing for the installation of a new water system and emergency generator to keep The Grange in operation during emergencies. A grant from the Trinity County Community Development Block Grant will improve the Grange’s lobby and provide a fully ADA-compliant bathroom. Soon, Junction City Park will boast a new stage for music events and public use thanks to a grant funded through the Trinity County Resource Conservation District. Finally, the purchase of a large onsite storage container was made possible through additional grant funding by the Redding Rancheria and Coast Central Credit Union.

Start dusting off your dance moves as The North Fork Grange will host a New Year’s Eve Dance. More details to come.

The next North Fork Grange meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Grange Hall, 131 Dutch Creek Road, Junction City. Community members are warmly invited to attend.

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