BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Bloomsburg Fair, a popular fall attraction in Columbia County will be celebrating it’s 165th anniversary this year.
The Fair President, Randy Karschner, says they are doing whatever it takes to keep the fair open while making sure health and safety practices are met. He’s already spoken to some vendors and is waiting to hear how others feel about coming back to the fairgrounds.
“We are trying to look at both sides. We just sent out our vendor contracts starting today, so that will tell us some of it too. That would be a story teller and we’re trying to get feedback from the vendors and the people that will be here on the fair during the fair week,” said Karschner.
With the input from the vendors, this will help the fair board make a final decision, which Karschner says will be made by the first week of August. He tells Eyewitness News that while people being outdoors in the open air isn’t as big of a concern, there may need to be a capacity monitor for the indoor facilities.
And his biggest challenge he says is The Grand Stand, which holds large amounts of people in a confined seating arrangement.
With health and safety being a top concern this year, representatives from the Bloomsburg Fair say they will ‘up’ the amount of hand washing and hand sanitizing stations.
Karschner says they will be closely monitoring the government and CDC guidelines. And as for wearing a mask…
“The masks, to the best of our knowledge, is recommended but not mandatory, so we’re kind of following that. We’d like to have everyone bring one, but I’m not sure it’s mandatory at this time,” said Karschner.
Karschner also tells us they are purchasing backpacks that put out disinfecting mist, which would be used to clean surfaces. The Bloomsburg Fair is currently scheduled from September 25th through October 3rd.