This year, Warren Grange celebrates 50 years of fried bread at the Columbia County Fair.
Warren Grange members started making their famous Fried Bread in 1968 at the Columbia County Fair, according to a press release from Warren Grange.
They parked a RV Trailer in the parking field and make the dough by hand and let it rise in the RV. Then they would bring it into the bread booth, which is the same booth space where they serve the fried bread currently. They would then roll the bread out by hand and fry it in a home deep fryer.
By the second year they purchased their first commercial fryer and two years later they purchased another fryer to speed up the frying time, according to the grange. That was also when they purchased a commercial roller to roll the dough. The two commercial fryers and rollers are still in use today.
Five years ago, the grange decided to deep fry twinkies and purchased one small fryer that would hold two twinkies at a time.
This year the grange has bought a commercial fry with two baskets to fry Twinkies in one and to add “Churros” to the menu for the other basket.
The Grange is a Non-profit organization whose roots are in agriculture and legislative issues like transportation, farm programs, rural economic development, public power, rural mail deliveries.
The fried bread booth at the fair is the major fundraiser for Warren Grange allowing the Grange to support many projects for the community.
Some of these projects include 4-H Scholarships, Columbia County Fair Rodeo Court, the County Fairgrounds, Words 4 Thirds Dictionary project for Warren Grade School, Warren Christian School & Scappoose Adventist Schools, Columbia County Dairy Princess, Community Scholarship Foundation, mEGGa Egg Hunt, St. Helens Senior Center, Special Olympics, Community Meals, Training for the Columbia County Emergency planning and CERT, and Foster Children program, according to the press release.