BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — It’s an event that’s highly anticipated every year from people across the state, but it’s not happening this year.
The Bloomsburg Fair is officially canceled due to COVID-19. Every year the Bloomsburg Fair draws in thousands of people, but this year the fairgrounds will stay empty.
“It’s something you look forward to every year. I have kids, I’m going to have a grandson soon so I was excited to take him. But we’ll have next year,” Melissa Kremer said.
Canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Bloomsburg Fair Association board members made the announcement Tuesday. Some locals say they saw it coming.
“There were a few of the bands that pulled out and canceled so it doesn’t surprise me,” Tammy Sugamele said.
On July 7th fair organizers announced The Pat Benatar, Jon Pardi, Brad Paisley and Chicago concerts for the 2020 Bloomsburg Fair were postponed until the 2021 fair week. Fair officials said “it was a very difficult decision, but their concern for the health and safety of the community outweighed their desire to hold the fair.” Sugamele believes they made the right call.
“I think it’s a smart thing to do right now with everything going on. If we want to move past this I think we just have to realize that it might be a little uncomfortable for a while,” Sugamele said.
Uncomfortable for those who make money at the fair, like vendors, says Kremer who lives next to the fairgrounds.
“Some of them, it’s their livelihood. That’s what they do, carnivals and fairs and they look forward to it. And even, you know, people here who park cars in their yards, some people pay their taxes with it, they save it and use it for Christmas gifts,” Kremer said.
Kremer says she’s disappointed, but admits a socially distanced fair wouldn’t be as fun.
“I don’t think so, it wouldn’t have been the fair,” Kremer said.
Planning has already begun for the 2021 Bloomsburg Fair. Organizers say entertainers and vendors have already signed on for next year. The 2021 fair will be held September 24th through October 2nd.