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Organizers announce cancelation of 2020 Bloomsburg Fair

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — It’s an event that’s highly anticipated every year from people across the state, but it’s not happening this year.

The Bloomsburg Fair is officially canceled due to COVID-19. Every year the Bloomsburg Fair draws in thousands of people, but this year the fairgrounds will stay empty.

“It’s something you look forward to every year. I have kids, I’m going to have a grandson soon so I was excited to take him. But we’ll have next year,” Melissa Kremer said.

Bloomsburg Fair officials hold press briefing after controversial Facebook post

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Officials at the Bloomsburg Fair held a news conference at the fairgrounds on Tuesday to address a controversial post that was made on Facebook over the weekend.

The post, which has since been deleted, shows a man in a dress in a dunk tank with the post reading, “Dr. Levine? Thank you. You were a hit and raised a lot of money for the local fire companies. Wonder why so many were trying to dunk you. Thanks everyone that came out to support our local fire companies.”

Star Wars themed fundraiser held in Columbia County

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – “The force” was strong in Columbia County Saturday.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum held their 7th-annual “May the Force be with You” Day.

It was the perfect “photo op” for any Star Wars fan, as volunteer groups were there dressed in movie costumes.

“If we do nothing else we bring smiles to kid’s faces. We’ve certainly done it this year, and to be honest with you if there’s been a year when we need some smiles, this is it,” said a volunteer dressed as a Storm Trooper.

Fire departments fundraiser held in Columbia County

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Live music, food vendors and even a dunk tank were scattered around the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Friday night.

“I kind of miss the fair. So I kind of wanted to it to be something like that. It’s a little bit smaller but I’m still having fun,” said Kassie Bond of Buckhorn.

Its not time for the Bloomsburg Fair, but people were walking around enjoying food. The hands behind the annual weekend event pulled this carnival together to help about a dozen fire departments from Montour and Columbia Counties.

More concerts canceled at the Bloomsburg Fair

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — On Tuesday, the Bloomsburg Fair announced the cancellation of more concert events via Facebook.

According to the post, the Pat Benatar, Jon Pardi, Brad Paisley and Chicago concerts for the 2020 Bloomsburg Fair have been postponed until the 2021 fair week.

Guests can either keep their tickets and seat assignments for the purchased show for next year’s concert, or visit the website for a refund.

Bloomsburg Fair postpones three shows from entertainment lineup

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) According to the Bloomsburg Fair official website, the concerts for Jon Pardi, Brad Paisley, and Chicago have all been postponed until the 2021 Bloomsburg Fair.

The site also says if you’d like to keep your ticket and seat placement, no further action is needed. However, if you’d like a refund, they recommend contacting the ticket provider:

Bloomsburg Fair to be held as scheduled, for now

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Bloomsburg Fair, a popular fall attraction in Columbia County will be celebrating it’s 165th anniversary this year.

The Fair President, Randy Karschner, says they are doing whatever it takes to keep the fair open while making sure health and safety practices are met. He’s already spoken to some vendors and is waiting to hear how others feel about coming back to the fairgrounds.

Police: Bloomsburg robbery suspects arrested in West Hazleton

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WEST HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Two people suspected of robberies committed in Bloomsburg were arrested in West Hazleton.

According to police, around 10:00 PM on Saturday, West Hazleton police officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being operated with unlawful equipment. The driver, Christopher Steimling, 36 of Scranton, was found to be wanted by the Bloomsburg Police Department for robbery.

An investigation revealed that Steimlings passenger, Debbie Spivey, 35 of Bloomsburg, was also wanted on charges from the same incident.

Helping Local Restaurants Overcome

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The coronavirus pandemic has been merciless on small businesses and local restaurants. But what started out as a small online group has grown to be a beacon of hope for many of them. There’s a regional effort that’s fighting for our local economy.

“The only way restaurants and local businesses are going to survive is with the community involvement,” Andrew Fisher, manager for Marley’s Brewery & Grille, said.

Residents express feelings over Columbia County moving to yellow phase against orders

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – As of Thursday, Columbia County was in the red phase of Pennsylvania’s reopening plan due to the coronavirus. At midnight, that changed.

People in the community have mixed feelings on commissioners self-transitioning the county into the yellow phase.

“I think it’s time to open it up, but go slow. Be cautious, wear a mask, and I think it’d be okay,” said Nancy Williams of Bloomsburg.

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