Upton Grange Welcomes You
To explore this Website about our Family Organization established in 1885
Making A Difference
UPTON GRANGE AGRICULTURAL FAIR Saturday 9 am to 4 pm on September 28, 2019
Held at VFW Hall ~ 15 Milford St. (Route 140) Upton, MA
Upton Grange Fair is a fun community event for the entire family. For over 100 Years Upton Grange has held an annual Agricultural Fair, providing Massachusetts residents with an opportunity to exhibit the products of their gardens and handiwork. There are many categories in which to compete, including fruits, vegetables, flowers and floral arranging, eggs, canning, baked goods, fancywork and home sewing, photography, arts and crafts, educational displays, a pumpkin decorating contest, and more. The judges will be awarding ribbons and sometimes money!
Upton Grange ~ Annual Veterans Award
National Grange Certificate of Honor
Upton Grange honors a local Upton Veteran every year in appreciation for their service to our country.
Our 2018 Veteran Award went to Brothers, Richard and David Kennedy, for their service in Vietnam.
Some of the past honorees to receive Veteran Awards were: “Doug” Keniston, Alfred Consigli, Earl Crosby, and Johnny Martin.
(Pictured: Ken Paulson, Agriculture Chairman, presented Doug Keniston with Veterans Award.)
Upton Citizen of the Year ~ Annual Award
Recognizing people who serve our Community
Upton Grange recognizes an outstanding Upton citizen each year. This year Bill Taylor was voted as Upton's outstanding citizen of 2019. Some of the past Upton Outstanding Citizen recipients were: Barbara Burke in 2015, Ellen Arnold in 2016, Russel Wood in 1917, and Tom Bair in 2018. Upton citizens can nominate any person who they feel deserves this award. Just send us a letter describing for their involvement as an Upton citizen and how their community service acts to better our town.
(Pictured: Past Master, Tracee Perkins, presenting Barbara Burke her Award.)
Upton Grange #125 serves our Community
As a Non-Profit organization, we serve Upton in many ways!
We have 3 annual Food Drives to supply Upton Food Pantries. We also donate coats and warm winter gear to Veterans Shelters, clothes & toys to Foster Kids, needed items & entertainment to Upton Seniors, and award an annual college scholarship to a student attending Upton High School.
Upton Grange wins National Award
Upton Grange #125 was recognized for a 4th year as a 2018 Distinguished Grange at the 152nd Annual National Grange Convention in Stowe, Vermont. National Master, Betsy Huber, presented the award to Ken & Kristin Paulson at a special reception for the 34 Community Granges and six State Granges receiving this Honor. “Those recognized as Distinguished Granges make up less than two percent of the total number of Granges across our nation, and are truly the cream of the crop.” National Grange President Betsy Huber said. Betsy also congratulated Ken & Kristin for being chosen Mr. and Mrs. Massachusetts State Grange.
Ways to Help
We are a Non-profit Fraternal Organization
Get in touch today and join Upton Grange in making a lasting impact on serving our community.
Make a Donation
Make A True Change
This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We are working diligently trying to restore our Historical building, which was the home of the First Upton High School. Get in touch with any questions about how you can Make a Donation to the Upton Grange Building Restoration Fund.
National Grange History
Patrons of Husbandry
The Grange was formed in the years following the American Civil War to unite private citizens in improving the economic and social position of the nation’s rural and farm population. Over one hundred years of our work throughout the country, Grange members, supporters and volunteers have helped bring positive change to millions of people. Granges were the warehouse-buying clubs of the nineteenth century. Their influence grew into a nonpartisan political lobby that worked to create laws now known as Granger Laws that are still important in anti-trust litigation today. The Grange is also credited for the Rural Free Delivery Program of the United States Post Office and created libraries to store and share books; many of which have become the community public libraries of today. Before cars, telephones, running water or even electricity, Grangers were fighting for the rights of citizens. At its inception in 1867, it was at the cutting edge for its time. The Grange gave women an equal vote with men even before the government granted it and was also the first organization in America to include all members of the family. On June 29, 1960, the 11-story landmark National Grange headquarters building in Washington, D.C., was dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and is the only private edifice in a federal block across from the White House. It serves as a non-governmental headquarters for agricultural and rural families
Upton Grange ~ 26 School St. Upton
We meet 7:30 pm_Every 1st Thursday
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? You're welcome to just visit us at our regular monthly meetings to check us out and then become a member if you want to help us in our Community work. A Grange Family membership or a Business Supporting Associate membership is only $60. per year. (Individual membership is $30. per year) Contact us for more details about how to join & we can send you a membership application.