Bloomsburg Fair Preview Day Friday, September 21, 3:55 p.m.By Scott Schaffer
The wait is over! The largest fair in Pennsylvania is set to open its gates Saturday in Bloomsburg.
It's the Bloomsburg Fair like you've never seen it. Friday was preview day, with plenty of room to roam, no lines at the food stands and one big ham bone in Ed Campbell's soup. Although he shares a name with a very famous soup maker, this Campbell's been making soup at the Bloomsburg Fair for 46 years. For him, preview day is more than just a warm up before the fair opens for real.
"See all the new things, appreciate some of the old. Reacquaint themselves with people they haven't seen in the past year. It's relationships," Campbell said.
Admission is free on preview day. Just a few of the vendors are open.Ralph Page of Bloomsburg came for three specific reasons. "Sun, lunch and a walk," he said.
Ralph got plenty of all three, complete with a sausage sandwich for his mid-day meal.
John and Dorothy Wengrzynek of Dorrance said preview day will be their only day at the fair.
"You know why? Because there's too many people. I don't like crowds. I live in the country in Dorrance. That's where I like to stay," John Wengrzynek said.
Vendors like Paul Kane use preview day to work out the kinks and get ready for the weekend crowds.
"This light's giving me a difficult time. Thing is. It's brand new. I just bought it, so it should work, but it's not," Kane said.
Back at the Iron Kettle Soup Stand, Ed Campbell can relate to Kane's unexpected, last minute hurdles.
"I forgot a number of things. After 46 years of coming here I still can't get everything down here I need!" Campbell said, laughing.
The Bloomsburg Fair runs through Saturday, September 29.