Special guests drop by Bloomsburg Fair
BLOOMSBURG - Governor Tom Corbett and Department of Agriculture Secretary George Greig made an unannounced visit to the 158th annual Bloomsburg Fair Tuesday to present a check to the fair in the amount of $21,558.60 from the PA Fair Fund. The fund, established in 1986, provides funds to agricultural fairs, youth and statewide organizations that have an agricultural mission.
Paul Reichart, fair president, and Bill Barratt, superintendent of police and parking, accepted the check during a brief presentation around 4:30 p.m. at the free stage.
"What a perfect day at the Bloomsburg Fair. Every day is like this, right?" Corbett said jokingly about the weather which has been known to be on the rainy side.
On a serious note, he complimented the hard work of everyone who helped the fair recover after the devastating flood in September of 2011 that caused the fair to be canceled for the first time in fair history. He said fairs are an important part of the state's heritage and history.
So, what did Corbett have to eat in his hour-long stay? The governor skipped eating any food, explaining he is trying to lose weight; however, it did not prevent him from stopping at one of the fair's most popular stands: the Benton Cider Mill.
Corbett ordered a cup of cider and was so impressed that he paid for a gallon to take with him. Co-owner Deb Campbell, who served Corbett, was thrilled that governor chose her stand.
"It took me off guard," she said. "After stepping back, it was absolutely amazing he chose our stand to stop at."
Corbett, who was at times hard to spot in the crowd, made it a point to stop and speak to several people, including owners and employees of R&S Diner who placed a "PA Preferred" sign on their concession stand that offers hamburgers and a variety of deep-fried treats.
Corbett summed up all the fair food, "There have been 32 governors since the (Bloomsburg) fair opened in 1855. I am not sure what they would have thought of funnel cakes back then."