The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 10, 2009

Bloomsburg Fair: New events on track

State’s largest fair welcomes Guitar Hero, wine exhibit

BLOOMSBURG — Dock Dogs and Guitar Hero are expected to be big draws at this year’s Bloomsburg Fair, according to board president Todd Lehman.

In the Dock Dogs event — basically a long jump for dogs — dogs run along a dock and jump into a pool. Their jumping distances are measured, some exceeding 35 feet, Lehman said Wednesday while announcing what’s new at this year’s fair, which will be held Sept. 26-Oct. 3. Local dogs may also enter the event through Dock Dogs.

As for Guitar Hero, two big screen TVs will be set up. The top three kids each day will receive all-day ride passes.

Both will be held at Millennium Park, which replaces Millennium Hall buildings.

The Bloomsburg Fair is Pennsylvania’s largest fair. More than 400,000 attend the fair each year, and it covers 228 acres, according to the fair association.

The economic impact of the fair to Pennsylvania is estimated at $10 million each year.

Regarding swine flu precautions, Lehman said the fair has had sanitary hand washing stations in all the livestock areas for some time.

All animals entered at the fair must meet state guidelines.

“They must be in good health as mandated by the Department of Agriculture,” he said.

He doesn’t believe the economy will affect this year’s fair.

“I have talked to people from other fairs, and they have had good years. The fair is affordable. You can spend the whole day for $4,” he said of a daily discounted ticket. The gate price is $5.

“We have lots going on the free stage and lots to see here. It really takes two days to see the whole fair,” he said. Discount admission tickets are available at Giant Markets in Danville, Bloomsburg and Berwick.

As an incentive to help people save money, the fair circulated 150,000 flyers with fair vendors coupons.

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