Barre Granite Association to celebrate 130th anniversary

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BARRE — This year marks the 130th Anniversary of the Barre Granite Association (BGA).

The association was formed in 1889, when fourteen Barre area granite manufacturers met to plan for the industry’s first major trade show, the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Originally formed as the Granite Manufacturer’s Association of Barre, the association merged with the Granite Manufacturers and Quarriers Association in 1931 and was renamed the Barre Granite Association in 1932.

The BGA’s member firms have contributed immensely to the growth of Barre, as well as its diverse mixture of cultures, and the Barre area has become internationally recognized as the premier source of the world’s finest granite, granite art and artisans.

“We are grateful for all of the men and women responsible for making the BGA successful over 130 years, as well as our local industry’s continuing resurgence,” BGA Executive Director Doug Grahn said.

This year’s anniversary celebration will culminate on Saturday night, September 14, with the Barre Granite Association-sponsored “Champions Night” at Thunder Road Speedbowl.