Fairgoers Face Increased Security at Bloomsburg Fair

BLOOMSBURG FAIRGROUNDS -- The main priority for officials at the Bloomsburg Fair is keeping visitors safe. That's why they beefed up security this year.

This year for the first time, some security guards at the Bloomsburg Fair will carry guns.

The director of security tells Newswatch 16 the increased security had a lot to do with the terrorist bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in England and with a desire to be safer in general.

The Bloomsburg Fair has increased security gradually over the past few years. This year, director of security Bill Barratt says they are doing even more. Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be at the fair every day. And for the first time, some members of fair security will carry guns.

Certain members of the security team trained at the police academy in Scranton to legally carry a gun. Barratt says they will also take an active-shooter class.

"They are trained and handpicked," said Barratt.

Some people came to the fairgrounds to pick up tickets. They all approve of the increased security.

"Keep us safe, knowing that you're going to come here and have a good time," said Albert Kistulentz.

"I think it's a good idea because, with all that's going on, it's scary anymore," Jeanne Kistulentz said.

There are now poles in the ground by the entrances to help control who drives onto the fairgrounds.

"Also, there will be barriers in the main parking lot to keep people safe when they're walking to the gate," Barratt explained. "So we don't have anybody getting run over, so we made a lot of changes in that."

"You don't know what's going to happen anywhere, even in my old little Bloomsburg here that was so wonderful to grow up in," Linda Stasko said.

Fair officials say they have not received any threats concerning this year's fair. They just want to take precautions.

There will also be increased safety protocols for rides at the fair.

The 162nd Bloomsburg Fair starts Saturday, September 23 with a preview day on Friday, September 22.

10 comments

  • warningfakenews

    What was it that Ben Franklin said about again?

    Oh, yes, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”

    It was actually about having to pay extra in taxation to have “temporary safety” and it seems that the crux of his position is that safety ought not be delegated to someone in government. Imagine if we were mostly armed how difficult a target we become. Imagine if almost none of us are armed and how easy of a target we make.

  • magicmikexxsm

    Certain members of the security team trained at the police academy in Scranton to legally carry a gun…………….News flash everybody born a citizen of the United States Of America can carry a gun legally afforded to us by our great Constitution….unless you do a crime, and loose said privilege….lol being military trained I’m probably a better shot then them.

  • Jack Irvin

    No way I would trust Bloomsburg fair security with guns unless I can bring my gun to protect my family from them, never mind, just won’t go to bloomsburg fair, will be too dangerous with those guns

    • Fool the guesser

      Don’t forget that they tried to prevent concealed carry a while ago. Freedom spoke and hit them where it hurt, and they changed their minds. Overpriced freak show anyhow…

  • Dennis C Fausey

    who even goes to that crap party shit hole dump ! this isnt the 1960’s people dont go to the fair any more !

  • Elite MallCops

    Wow, Act 235 AND Active Shooter training?! That’s like, let’s see, yeah, 5 whole days of training! SEAL Team 6 better watch out, these guys are obviously the cream of the crop!

  • whatever831

    I understand taking precautions these days and that’s great, but I don’t think advertising it on the news is so great. What is so bad about keeping things like this quiet. It’s like your advertising for something to occur.

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