Late September of each and every year the town of Bloomburg has many visitors. Home to Bloomsburg University, this quaint college town is transformed into a popular tourist attraction with an abundance of traffic resembling a metropolitan area and local lodging accommodations filled to capacity. This year from September 22nd through September 29th you can again enjoy the awesome Bloomsburg Fair. Daily attendance is usually anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000, depending on the day and the weather. Local resident's habits and lifestyles change for that special week. Bloomsburg and Central Columbia School Districts both have school vacations for the entire week, while some surrounding schools have one or two days off to enjoy the fair as well. Started in 1855 as primarily an agricultural fair, it has grown in size consistently year after year. This year on the grandstand are many headliners including Josh Gracin with Josh Turner, Bill Engvall, The Oakridge Boys, Gretchen Wilson, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Charlie Daniels & Joe Nichols, and Taylor Hicks. There are also many exciting free shows at the Band Shell and Millennium Hall including a comedy ventriloquist, Barbershoppers, an underwater escape artist, a hypnotist, high school bands, and an Elvis impersonator, to name a few. Surrounding the grandstand is a race track, which was formerly used for midget races in the early years, is currently used during fair week for horse racing events, tractor and truck pulling, and the demolition derby. Besides the wonderful shows and entertainment, there are many and items to see in the Agricultural, Arts & Crafts, Educational, Horticultural, Industrial and Millennium exhibition buildings. The children will surely enjoy the many livestock exhibits including miniature horses, a team of oxen, and a team of Belgian draft horses. Other attractions in the livestock area include border collies, agility dogs, light and heavyweight horse pulling, and the ability to get up close and personal with a calf, lamb, rabbit, horse, pig, or goat. They can also watch dairy cows being milked at the milking parlor located in the large cattle barn. A favorite spot is the dog show, one of the oldest in the country, where you can see beautiful pedigrees. When you walk down the midway, if you like to gamble, you can participate in one of many games of chance to try to win a prize. On one end of the fairgrounds is the ride area for children and adult thrill seekers, while on the other end are the kiddie rides for the small fries....Speaking of fries, you won't believe your eyes when you see all there is to eat at the fair! I'm sure the local supermarkets are empty during fair week, since local residents either leave town for a fall vacation or enjoy dinner walking around the fair. Favorites include Vince's Cheesesteaks, Moyer's Bar-B-Que, Hewletts Hot Sausage, St Mary's Potato Pancakes, Pollack's or Grotto's Pizza, Chili in a bread bowl, gyros, apple dumplings, and much, much more! A wonderful time is enjoyed by all! Make plans to visit our lovely town and take in the fair this year. To plan ahead for next year, check the web site http://www.bloomsburgfair.com/ early in 2008. We'll hope to see you then.