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162nd Bloomsburg Fair Takes Place September 22 to 30
By Lou Hunsinger Jr.
 

An outstanding entertainment lineup and of course the usual great food and craft vendors, a restored barn and many colorful agricultural exhibits highlight this, the 162nd, Bloomsburg Fair running from September 22nd to September 30th.
“I think that we have one of the best and most outstanding entertainment lineups we have ever had at the Fair,” Paul Reichart, president of the Bloomsburg Fair Board, told Webb Weekly. “Admission prices to the fair remain the same and we have tried to have the prices of our entertainment affordable, so that we can continue to make this a very family-friendly and affordable event that the whole family can afford and enjoy.” Admission is $8 at the gate. You can go online for advanced tickets and save $1 on admission and more on group tickets. You can get a weeklong pass for $35.
Gates will be open daily from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Parking is $5. There is a Preview Day on Friday the 22nd with gates opening at 2 p.m. and admission will be $3 with free parking.
Some of the outstanding performers slated to perform at the Bloomsburg Fair this year include, Martina McBride, Alabama, Chicago, Jo Dee Messina, Paul Anka, and Toby Mac.
The fair is also packed with great, free entertainment, great food, exciting rides, and livestock animals to see, pet, and feed. Chicks are hatching; dogs are on show, and who would want to miss the sights, sounds and smells of all the Fair food?
There will also be a Double Figure 8 Race with Rollover, Horse Pulling in the arena and the PA State Championship Demolition Derby.
Some of the notable things happening at the Fair include:
Circus Incredible — a family displaying their aerial artistry grace, beauty and strength will be performing daily at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Millennium Park (Free).
Rhinestone Roper — Intricate trick roping, precision knife throwing, bullwhip, gun spinning and fast-draw shooting will perform daily at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Millennium Park (Free).
“I think this trick rope act will be one of the more interesting things that we have at the Fair,” Reichart said.
Royal Bengal Tigers will do shows at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily — located behind the Barton House (Free).
The Free Stage has acts performing daily. Granpa Cratchet and the Brass Effect Band will be strolling daily on the fairgrounds.
Be sure to see the “Fair by Air” with the Heritage Rotors Helicopter rides (located by Gate 5).
If you want a little history, be sure to check out the Caleb Barton House. There will be guides every day from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and they will be giving away free seeds.
Reichart said the Fair has bounced back well from the catastrophic flood that happened in 2011 that severely damaged the fairgrounds and that forced the cancellation of that year’s Fair.
“Last year we had pretty good attendance and if the weather cooperates and we have decent weather, there is no reason that we should not be able to attract at least 500,000 people during the course of the Fair,” Reichart declared.
He also added to help ensure the safety of fairgoers, security has been beefed up and additional physical barriers have been constructed that will prevent unauthorized vehicles from coming onto the fairgrounds.
He pointed out that the Bloomsburg Fair is probably the largest fair, in area, in the state of Pennsylvania, though it is not in terms of numbers attending it.
According to Reichart, there will be more than 1,400 animals on display and the milk produced by the cows at the fair will be converted into cheese, which will be sold in packets on site at the fair.
“One of the more interesting educational aspects about the fair this year is that the STEM programs from eight area schools will competing for a $10,000 prize in an educational project involving water,” Reichart said.
Fair officials say they have an outstanding line up at their Toyota Grandstand. There are a ton of great bands and entertainment available all Fair-long. Check out their website: www.bloomsburgfair.com or contact (570) 784-4949 for a complete lineup.


 

 

 
 
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