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Take “a trip down memory lane” at this year’s Bloomsburg Fair

By Staff | Sep 12, 2016

PAUL BARRETT/For the Luminary 'Pot People' is a new category for the Bloomsburg Fair's horticulture building. The winning entry will receive $100.

BLOOMSBURG – This year’s lineup for the 161st Bloomsburg Fair includes some new entries along with lots of excitement. Scott Edwards, Superintendent of Horticulture, announced a new category this year. With many entries coming from the Hughesville and Muncy area, he is pleased to have “Pot People” for display.

The winning entry for this new category will receive $100 according to Edwards who also built a display for the entranceway using the pot people he made inside an antique 1929 Ford pick up truck.

The theme is “A Trip Down Memory Lane” and local garden clubs have been busy with their floral designs and arrangements.

Melinda Bender, president of the Muncy Garden Club, said that they have been meeting Tuesday nights to organize their floral display. “The fair gave us a good placement this year,” she said and it is one of the garden club’s annual fundraisers.

Horticulture displays will be on “The Roaring 20s”, “Coming Home For Dinner”, “Marching for Freedom”, “Meet Me at the Soda Fountain”, “Off to Grandma’s House”, and “Peace, Love & Music Feeling Groovy”.

PAUL BARRETT/For the Luminary This new display, The Barnyard Cackle Review, features a seven character singing chicken show that will perform throughout the day at the Bloomsburg Fair which runs from September 24 through October 1.

Edwards is hoping for several entries for the Pot People. The fair will open September 24th until Saturday, October 1st.

Abby Thomas, free stage manager, commented on the high school bands that come every year to perform. “We really want to give them a good word, as they always do a good job.” The Montgomery High School Band is scheduled to perform Friday morning at 10 a.m. on September 30th. “It is a great tradition to have the marching bands here,” she added. “These bands come from all over northeastern PA.”

Another new feature is the Barnyard Cackle Review, an automated cast of cackling hens. Just press Rocky’s Magic Button and watch Rocky and his hens pop up! These seven character singing chickens have 17 mobile functions and move up and down inside their crates. The active show will run free every 20 minutes on the hour.

The antique farm museum is another good stop and the Stuart Tank from WWII will be on display at the Patriotic Plaza near 5th Street. The tank arrived several months ago from Great Britain.

There are 55 new vendors, an Amish barn raising, tractor pulls, harness horse racing and a painted pony championship rodeo.