This Lower Yakima Valley town of about 4,000 residents has come a long way in recent years, adding to its population and business base while making a number of civic improvements.
About the Community
Housing developments are being built throughout the town, while the local schools have seen significant upgrades thanks to a voter-passed bond measure. Granger High School introduced a new competition gymnasium in 2017, and can now host district and regional tournaments for basketball and volleyball.
Aside from its reputation as a friendly, sports-oriented community, Granger is also known for the dozens of dinosaur sculptures that have been built there.
Ever since mastodon tusks and teeth were found at the Granger clay pit in 1958, going prehistoric has seemed fitting for a town theme. So the city’s public works department created the first dinosaur in 1994; a baby brontosaurus. There are now more than 30 dinosaur sculptures around town.
The city hosts a Dino-N-A-Day event the first Saturday in June at the Hisey “Dinosaur” Park on Main Street, and a new dinosaur sculpture is introduced every year.
The city also hosts a flea market and 3-on-3 Dunkin’ Dinosaur Basketball Tournament at the main city park in August.
Other annual events include the Granger Cherry Festival in the spring, but this year’s festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Washington State Menudo Cook-Off Championships and Menudo Festival takes place the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and is centered on the famous Mexican soup made of beef tripe. The festival also features live music, entertainment and a variety of vendors lined up at Hisey Park.
While you’re in Granger, be sure to check out Granger’s Historical Society Museum, located inside the Granger library. It is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m.