Sierra Valley Grange is the home of the longest running and BEST Cowboy Poetry event in California. It started in 1986 and is second only to Elko, NV. Over the years we have had the best poets and singers from the around the country perform in our beautiful hall built in 1934.
Our History and Mission
The Sierra Valley Grange #466 was organized in Vinton in 1931. Grange is an agricultural focused fraternal organization. Many community weddings, funerals, 4-H meetings, dinners and dances are held in its Hall. The Vinton Cowboy Poetry Show was first held here in 1986 and has been held here annual ever since.
The Grange is a fraternal organization that encourages families to band together to promote the economic and political well being of their community and local agriculture.
Sierra Valley Grange #466 was chartered in 1931, meeting in various buildings around the Vinton area. The members started a building fund, selling shares to it’s members and holding a series of dances and other activities until their savings were enough to start construction of a Grange owned hall in October 1934.
By 1935 Sierra Valley Grange had grown to become the largest Grange in the State of California with a membership of 275 members.
Through its non-partisan legal process the Grange has exerted its political influence toward the development of the water, electrical and road systems of our rural portion of California.
The Home Economics Committee was our area’s primary provider of educational programs during the 30’s and 40’s, helping locals learn the skills needed to be self-sufficient during the depression and war years. Their influence continued through the 1970’s. This tradition is carried on now with events like the Garden and Farm Fest.
Today the Grange is a active supporter of Agriculture, Art and Education in our Valley. Check out our events and follow us on Face Book to stay informed.