Attendance Down at the Bloomsburg Fair

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Fairgoers filed inside the gates for one of the last days of the 163rd Bloomsburg Fair.

"I think today's going to be great," April Herb said.

"It's going to be nice today," Jeff Appl said.

"Usually when we come out it's raining, but it's a little muddy out there but other than that it's a nice day," Todd Herb said.

It's a busy day at the fair, especially compared to the last three days when it rained. According to fair officials, attendance is down by more than 6,000 people from last year. Even so, they're not worried.

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"Really the last couple of days. They know it's coming to an end. They love this food. They come for the food and we expect a tremendous crowd the next couple of days here," Paul Reichart said.

Bloomsburg Fair President Paul Reichart expects attendance to be high for the final two days of the fair.

"We're going to have beautiful weather. We expect tremendous crowds," Reichart said.

For many vendors, this is the last fair of the season. They're hoping these last two days bring a lot of business.

"The rain the last couple of days it's been a little slow, so we're definitely looking forward to a busy weekend and we'll get the crowds in today," Billy Reese said.

"There will be a big crowd with Vince Gill tonight, you've got the Penn State game tomorrow. Those fairgoers who go to Penn State tomorrow should come in here tonight," Vince Cocca said.

The fair was busy in the beginning of the week, but slow Tuesday through Thursday because of the rain, which is how it was last year. Vendors say it's been a tough year in general.

"We faced a lot of heat, a lot of bad fairs, a tough season for everybody," Cocca said.

Update: Fair officials say about 400,000 people visited the fair this year compared to roughly 405,000 last year.

3 comments

  • Andrew Vaughan

    This is a great fair, one of the best in the state or anywhere and it always has been. They usually have great grandstand shows and you can spend all day walking around. Now they charge $5 to park, it’s nice that there are tractor shuttles, but $5 to park is pretty steep in comparison to other events or fairs. We also go to Wayne Co. and the Harford fair. No charge for parking at either. Not sure if that has anything to do with it, but the spending starts before you even get out of the car. Fairs like this are something my wife and I look forward to each year and if we had kids they would be there as well. Honestly, I think the amount of food vendors is almost overwhelming. We love all of the different food, but I’m not sure if that’s enough of a draw to keep people coming back day after day, year after year.

  • WNEPMonitor (@WnepM)

    Man…it’s an agricultural fair in an age when the family farmstead is almost entirely gone. It’s always “oh it was too hot” or “oh it was too rainy”…when you have to make these excuses year after year a point must come where you face up to reality; the fair’s attendance is down because it’s done nothing to attract people who were born after 1927. It’s catering to a culture that’s almost extinct. You can feel sad about that all you like. Things change. If you don’t change with them, you vanish into the annals of history.

    That going to be your fate, Bloomsburg fair? It is a choice.

    • Jonathan Daddario

      that and everyone tired of pay pay pay. you can go to knobels for the same thing and get free parking and admission

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