Bloomsburg is located in the heart of Columbia County and is the county seat with a population of nearly 12,000. Everyone who visits falls in love with the beautiful and quaint downtown, magnificent architecture in the historic district, the gorgeous surroundings by the banks of the Susquehanna River and the scenic mountains and valleys. One of the focal points of the downtown is the majestic town fountain at the square that was refurbished for the bicentennial celebration in 2002. Bloomsburg has a strong business community and is further enhanced with the clubs, organizations, and volunteer opportunities for the citizens of the area.
A favorite spot for young and old is the lovely town park. Along the banks of the Susquehanna, the park has a variety of things enjoyed by all. The picnic pavilions throughout the park are settings for birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, family reunions and other get-togethers. There are several public tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, as well as walking and exercise trails. Several years ago the residents of the community joined together for the creation of an extensive playground, Kidsburg, where children of the community can be seen playing nearly all spring, summer, and fall. Summertime concerts are presented from the band shell as spectator's line up in their folding chairs for an evening of enjoyment. On the other end of the park is the municipal swimming pool to beat the summer heat and the skate park for adventurous children and teens. Nearby is the lagoon that is stocked for the kids' fishing derby. In the winter, the lagoon is the site for ice skating while a fire is built in the fireplace of the nearby pavilion to toast marshmallows and keep warm while watching the snow fall. Each summer the 4th of July celebration with patriotic music and a spectacular firework display attracts thousands to the park, as well as the Ice Cream and Cake Festival in early August...two great traditions!
The town has rich cultural diversity with many attractions that are not usually enjoyed by a small town. A very important asset to the community is The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble which is a professional theatre group featuring a variety of productions throughout the year.
On the lower end of the town is the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Each year in late September for the past 153 years visitors from all over the country and internationally come to Bloomsburg to enjoy the fair. One of the largest fairs in the state, there are nearly a half million visitors that now enjoy the big name entertainment, rides, concessions, and great food! The fairground also hosts various other events throughout the year including the Builder's Show, RV Show, and the Off Road Truck Jamboree.
On the end of Main Street, perched on the top of College Hill are Carver Hall and the entrance to Bloomsburg University. The university adjoins the downtown and is a wonderful contribution to the community.
Bloomsburg is beautiful any time of the year, in the hot humid summer, when the ground is blanketed with snow in the winter, as the flowers are blooming in the spring, and most of all, now in the fall, as the seasons change and the foliage is brilliant! If you are considering a move to a small town that has many of the amenities of a metropolitan area, you may want to consider Bloomsburg...a lovely little town!