If you live in Central Pennsylvania, the countdown is on. The 158th Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg, PA (Columbia County) is scheduled for late September as it always has been – September 21-28, 2013.
Bloomsburg Fair – A Few Tips
If you’re planning to attend the Bloomsburg Fair in 2013, there are a few tips that you might like to know:
- Admission at the gate is $8. Children under 12 are admitted for free.
- Admission gates to the fair open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Parking is, on average, $5 per car although many local residents and businesses offer parking off of Fairground property.
- Children 12 years old and younger admitted free every day.
- Friday, September 20, 2013 – Preview Day – Admission at the gate $3.00 starting at 2:00pm.
- Monday, September 23, 2013 – Senior Citizens Day (65 years old and older admitted free with proof of age). Armed Services Day (all veterans and active duty admitted free with ID).
- Tuesday, September 24, 2013 – Student Day (all high school students 18 and under admitted free).
- Friday, September 27, 2013 – Student Day (all high school students 18 and under admitted free).
- Dogs are not allowed on the Fairgrounds.
- There is free tram or bus service to and from parking lot and admission gate.
- There are two First Aid stations, one near the Leonard Street Gate, and the other at the west end of the Grandstand in the Racing Secretary’s office. Both locations are open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight.
- The Fairgrounds are expansive and often dusty. Wear appropriate footwear and comfortable, breathable, clothing.
Bloomsburg Fair Grandstand Entertainment
One of the cornerstones of the Bloomsburg Fair is the grandstand entertainment.
Tickets for the shows range from $30-53 for grandstand seating and $35-58 for the track. Shows go on rain or shine and there are no refunds, returns, or exchanges. Grandstand gates open approximately 1 hour before each event.
Bloomsburg Fair Additional Entertainment
There are many other kinds of entertainment at the Bloomsburg Fair, including:
- Dan and Galla Variety Show
- Truck and Tractor Pull
- Double Figure 8 Racing
- Horse & Pony Pull
- Barbershop Quartet
- Local High School Band
- Demo Derby
- New in 2012 is The Sky Ride
Bloomsburg Fair Educational Livestock Displays
As an agricultural fair, one of the primary reasons for the Fair is to showcase the region’s agricultural heritage, history, and pride. For many families, showing animals at the fair is a sense of pride and of great family tradition.
4H and FFA kids locally and from across the state of Pennsylvania show their livestock, allow them to be judged by experts, and even auctioned off to local restaurants and farms.
4-H Club members of an organization offer the opportunity to have your picture taken with a calf, lamb, horse, pig, or goat. There are also hands-on demonstrations. Watch dairy cows being milked at the milking parlor located in the large cattle barn and take note of the outstanding life-size wall mural, or watch kids prepare their animals to show – feeding, brushing, and watering them several times a day. Two things are for sure when you walk through the livestock buildings and show corrals – these kids know how to work hard and they take great pride in their livestock. So if you plan to visit the Bloomsburg Fair, make sure to take a leisurely stroll through the southwest end of the Fairgrounds on Avenue F.
Daily Demonstrations in Livestock Area include:
- Daily Barn Tours at 10:30am & 4:30pm (meet in front of the Large Arena in the Livestock Area
- Percherons 6-Horse Hitch owned by Dave & Susie Rohrbach, Beetree Trails, Shartlesville, PA
- Team of Percherons, owned by Jesse Fisk, Bloomsburg, PA
- Team of Oxen owned by Ralph & Judy Hartzell, East Nassau, NY
- Team of Clydesdales, owned by Luke Vastine, Millville, PA
- Miniature Horses owned by Donna Julius, Bloomsburg, PA
- Alpacas, owned by Dennis Balbac & Monica Kline, Suri Farm, Myerstown, PA
- Bear Gap Vaulters, Bear Gap, PA
Bloomsburg Fair Agricultural Exhibits
Across the Fairgrounds, on the other side of the Grandstand, visitors to the Fair will find building after building of educational agricultural exhibits. From prized fruit and vegetable entries, to baked goods, floral arrangements, greenhouse and landscaping designs, and artwork, there really is something for everyone.
Local high school students enter all kinds of artwork, from framed artwork to sculpture to handmade clothing and everything in between, into the competition.
Each section is judged and given awards based on set criteria. Entrants can be young kids to adults – there is an opportunity for everyone to show a little bit of competitive spirit.
Bloomsburg Fair Demolition Derby
While it’s not appealing to everyone, the Demo Derby is a popular part of the Bloomsburg Fair. The derby has been a featured event over 1,000 times throughout its 40-year history. As they say, “We can smash, crash and bash just about anything! Big cars, little cars, buses, mini vans, and more!”
Bloomsburg Fair – Food, Food, and More Food
As the largest fair in the state of Pennsylvania, it wouldn’t be the Fair without the FAIR FOOD! If you’re looking for variety, you’ve come to the right place, as it’s estimated that there are 1,500 food stands at the Bloomsburg Fair!
Literally hundreds of palate-pleasing items are at the fair, from the traditional (pierogies, cheesesteaks, hot sausage sandwiches, pizza) to the not-so-traditional (Greek food, Thai food). The Fair also features almost anything you can imagine deep fried (French fries, donuts, funnel cakes, pickles, Oreos, and cheesecake to name a few). There are also some tried-and-true carnival faves – like saltwater taffy, caramel corn, candy apples, and roasted peanuts. Some of the fair vendors include:
- Bissinger’s Apple Dumplings
- John The Greek
- Pollock’s Pizza
- Hewlett’s Sausage Sandwiches
- Cole’s Oyster Stand
- Kohr’s Orangeade
Bloomsburg Fair – Games and Carnival Rides
There are also games and rides for kids of all ages, and kids at heart. Take some time to explore the games and rides area, remembering an arcade game that you haven’t played since you were a kid, or trying to win a stuffed animal for a special someone.
Bloomsburg Fair – Join us for the week!
By now you can see why the Bloomsburg Fair in quaint and friendly Bloomsburg, PA has such a long and prosperous history in the Central PA region. Whether you’ve been to the Fair dozens of times or 2013 will be your first visit, it’s sure to be a memorable visit that will have you talking (and thinking about the food) days and weeks afterwards. Hope to see you around the Bloomsburg Fair!
Official Bloomsburg Fair Website
For more detailed information on the Bloomsburg Fair, a complete schedule of events, full vendor list and interactive map, please visit their website at www.BloomsburgFair.com.