The Livestock Department near gate 5 on Avenue “F” is ready to welcome you to the 162nd edition of the Bloomsburg Fair. We are excited to continue sharing with you daily mutton busting (kids riding sheep, like featured at rodeos) in our Sunset Ice Cream Livestock Outdoor Ring. Daily mutton busting signups for the children will take place at the outdoor ring. We have numerous educating and entertaining demonstrations for you in this ring by 4-H kids and their animals, pigs and people program, miniature horses, team of oxen, Gypsy, Vanner and Friesian horses, among other invited guests. You will not want to miss our 4-H horse and pony drill team perform daily in the large livestock arena, sponsored by Vance’s Apple dumplings. We are able to share with you again this year a (6) Horse Percheron Cinderella Hitch from BeeTree Trail Farms. These gentle giants weigh close to a ton (a piece) and will be on exhibit daily. Penn Cheese, our fair sponsor, made cheese from our milk collected in our milking parlor from last years fair. We are educating about milk products and giving the opportunity to purchase cheese made from our fairs milk.
Don’t miss our designated kids area where farmer bloom, our fair’s mascot, will be stationed among other fun things for kids to do and learn about livestock & agriculture. In this kids area we will have a homemade cow with imitation components for the kids to milk, a scavenger hunt, peddle tractor course. The ever popular corn box is in great shape and ready for the Hundreds of Kids that play in this daily. There will be plenty to see and do, while learning about raising animals and farming.
We have very competitive livestock shows throughout fair week for Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Dairy Goats, Market Goats, Swine & Breeding Beef. The 4-H kids get to show off there Dairy Cattle, market lambs, steers, goats and swine during the 4-H shows. There will be a sale of the 4-H market animals in the small arena on Friday night at 6:00. This sale gives 4-H members a chance to make money for college or start a business. 4-H club members will be offering to have your picture taken with a calf, lamb, donkey, horse or goat.
Agility Dogs will perform on Monday at noon, Tuesday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at noon and Thursday at 5pm.
We are very excited about our very successful Horse Pulling contest and have received more sponsorships to be put towards the premiums. Also a fan favorite is the Mini Horse Pull which is held Saturday morning at 9:30am. The pony pulling on Saturday afternoon is always a well attended event.
The news media is invited to attend the 31st anniversary Hoe-down to be held in the Large Arena on Wednesday evening at 7pm. The following companies are proud to be sponsors of this event held for exhibitors and their families:
- Hatfield Quality Meats
- Sunset Ice Cream
- Stroehmann & Maier’s Bakeries, Inc.
- Middleswarth Potato Chips
- Giant Food Stores, Inc.
- Catawissa Bottling Co.
- Dairy Farmers of America
- R.U. Troutman & Son, Distributors of Middleswarth Potato Chips
- The Bloomsburg Fair
Jim Vance’s Apple Dumplings on Avenue “E”, in combination with the Bloomsburg Fair, is once again sponsoring the Horse & Pony Drill Team for your daily entertainment.
We are glad that Yoder Way Builders have sponsored a red and white domed pole barn for the Livestock Area you can see this great arched barn from Rt. 11.
Cinderella Carriage Rides will be available this year with the Percheron horse hitch see the schedule for more details.
Jeff B. Giger
Supt. of Livestock