Amazing Grange Day runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The fifth annual Amazing Grange Day returns to Philomath Saturday with a rummage sale and pie auction to run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the event’s organizer announced. The fundraiser helps Marys River Grange raise some cash to put toward maintenance needs.

“We started it in 2018 when we had to do the roof,” Marys River Grange President Sonny Hays-Eberts said Wednesday morning while doing some work around the historic building. “It was so well-received that we’ve done it every year since except 2020, of course. The response from the public has been pretty good.”

Read more about Marys River Grange Hall and how it has re-established itself as an important organization for the Philomath community while bringing in more and more events for the public.

Last year, money raised from the event went to the organization’s foundation repair project that fixed support issues in the main building and junior hall. In addition, drainage was improved with the addition of gutters and a water capture tank.

“What we’re trying to raise money for this year is to remodel the junior hall, which was built between ’53 and ’55,” Hays-Eberts said. “We want to take everything down, put in maybe some better windows for cross-ventilation, insulate, better lights.”

The rummage sale and pie auction components of Amazing Grange Day have been “the two that kinda stuck,” Hays-Eberts said, from various ideas that have been tried over time.

Those who stop by can also get their raffle tickets to try to win a unique prize. Yvonne McMillan, who for a second straight year is organizing Talk Like a Pirate Day activities, made a pirate-themed quilt that will be raffled off at the Sept. 15 event at Grange Hall.

Folks who want to donate pies for the auction or items for the rummage sale can still drop off items. Hays-Eberts said he plans to be at Grange Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday and will also be around Friday setting up but if those times don’t work, contact him at 541-829-2907 or email him at

The organization’s historic building is located at 24707 Grange Hall Road.

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.