Livestock

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To Educate & Have Fun

The Livestock Department near gate 5 on Avenue “F” is ready to welcome you to the 167th edition of the Bloomsburg Fair. We are excited to continue sharing with you mutton busting (kids riding sheep as featured at rodeos) in our Bissingers Apple Dumplings Livestock Outdoor Ring (Except Tuesday & Thursday). Daily mutton-busting signups for the children will take place at the outdoor ring. We have numerous educating and entertaining demonstrations in the ring by 4-H kids and their animals, pigs, and people program, miniature horses, cattle, Percheron, and Clydesdales. Also in the outdoor ring, there will be a presentation on how pigs relate to people by Paul Yoachim,  trick roper Mackenzie Fish, and much more entertainment. (See our schedule for details) You will not want to miss our 4-H horse and pony drill team performing daily in the large livestock arena, sponsored by Vance’s Apple dumplings. 

Don’t miss our designated kid’s area where Farmer Bloom, our fair’s mascot, will be present. This area is intended to have fun things for kids to do and learn about livestock & agriculture. In this kid’s area, we have a cow with imitation components for the kids to milk, a scavenger hunt, peddle tractor course. The corn box is ready for the children to play in daily. There will be plenty of photo opportunities to capture all the memories. You will be able to have lots to see and do all while learning about raising animals and farming.

We have very competitive livestock shows throughout the fair week for Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Dairy Goats, Horses, Market Goats, Swine, and Breeding Beef. The 4-H kids get to show off their Dairy Cattle, market lambs, steers, goats, and swine during the 4-H shows. There will be a sale of the 4-H market animals in the John Giger small arena on Friday night at 6:00. This sale gives 4-H members a chance to make money for college or start a business. 4-H club members will be offering to have your picture taken with a calf, lamb, horse, or goat.

On the first Saturday, we have the fleece to shawl competition from where teams of 5 people make a shawl, an exciting event emceed by Jane Kettlewell.  We are very excited about our very successful Horse Pulling contest and have received more sponsorships to be put towards the premiums. Also, a fan favorite is the Mini Horse Pull which is held Saturday morning at 9:30 am and sponsored by the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau. The pony pulling on Saturday afternoon is always a well-attended event.

The news media is invited to attend the 36th-anniversary Hoe-down to be held in the Large Arena on Wednesday evening at 7 pm. The following companies are proud to be sponsors of this event held for the livestock exhibitors and their families:

  • Hatfield Quality Meats
  • Sunset Ice Cream
  • Stroehmann & Maier’s Bakeries, Inc.
  • Middleswarth Potato Chips
  • Giant Food Stores, Inc.
  • Catawissa Bottling Co.
  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • R.U. Troutman & Son, Distributors of Middleswarth Potato Chips
  • The Bloomsburg Fair

Jim Vance’s Apple Dumplings on Avenue “E”, in combination with the Bloomsburg Fair, is once again sponsoring the Horse & Pony Drill Team for your daily entertainment.

We are glad that Yoder Way Builders have sponsored a red and white-domed pole barn for the Livestock Area you can see this great hoop barn from Rt. 11.

Have fun, learn and make many family memories at our fair!

Jeff B. Giger
Supt. of Livestock

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Livestock Schedule 2022

An Educational & Entertaining Week of Events 

(Also see our schedule located @ the Outdoor Ring, for additional, on the hour, livestock shows) 

Friday

  • 4H Horse & Pony Drill Team – 8 pm to 9 pm – Large Arena 

Saturday

  • 4H Vocational Horse Show – 9 am to early afternoon – Large Arena
  • Mini Horse & Mini Zebu Cattle – 10 am – Bissingers Apple Dumpling Ring 
  • Fleece to Shawl Show (Sponsored by A-plus Metal Roofing)- 1pm –J. Giger Small Arena
  • Hitch Percheron & Clydesdale Horses – 4 pm (after 4H horse show) – Large Arena
  • Mutton Busting – 5pm – Bissingers Apple Dumplings Outdoor Ring
  • Trick Roper by Mackenzie Fish, free photos, 6pm – Bissingers Apple Outdoor Ring
  • Mini Horse & Mini Zebu Cattle – 7pm – Bissingers Apple Outdoor Ring  

Sunday

  • Mini Horse & Mini Zebu Cattle – 10 am – Bissingers Apple Outdoor
  • Ring Hitch Percheron Horses – 1 pm – for Tractor Parade
  • 4H Horse & Pony Drill Team – 4pm – Large Arena
  • Hitch Percheron & Clydesdale Horses – 5:30pm – Large Arena
  • Trick Roper by Mackenzie Fish, free photos, 6pm – Bissingers Apple Outdoor Ring
  • Youth Poster Contest – 7pm – Bissingers Apple Dumpling Outdoor Ring 

Monday

  • Judging 4H Swine – 8am – John Giger Small Arena 
  • FFA Skil-A-Thon Judging Team – 9am – Large Arena
  • Judging 4H Beef – 1pm – Large Arena
  • Judging 4H Rabbits – 2pm – John Giger Small Arena
  • Judging 4H Dairy Beef – 2:15pm – Large Arena
  • Judging 4H & Open Breeding Beef – 3:15pm – Large Arena
  • 4H Horse & Pony Drill Team – 4pm – Large Arena
  • Draft Horse Hitch Competition- 5pm- Large Arena
  • Trick Roper by Mackenzie Fish, free photos, 7pm – Bissingers Apple Outdoor Ring 

Tuesday

  • Judging 4H Market Lambs – 8am – John Giger Small Arena
  • Judging Color Breed Cattle – 9am – Large Arena
  • Judging 4H Breeding Sheep – 12pm – John Giger Small Arena
  • Judging 4H Market Goats – 2pm – John Giger Small Arena
  • Judging 4H Breeding Boer Goats – 4:30pm – John Giger Small Arena
  • Hitch Percheron & Clydesdale Horses – 5pm – Large Arena
  • 4H Horse & Pony Drill Team – 6pm – Large Arena 

Wednesday

  • Judging Holstein & Red & White Dairy Cattle – 9am – Large Arena
  • Judging Dairy Goats – 9am – John Giger Small Arena
  • Mini Horse & Mini Zebu Cattle – 11am – Bissingers Apple Outdoor Ring
  • Mutton Busting -1pm – Bissingers Apple Dumplings Outdoor Ring
  • Pigs & People Program – 3pm – Bissingers Apple Dumplings Outdoor Ring
  • Mutton Busting – 4pm – Bissingers Apple Dumplings Outdoor Ring
  • Mini Horse & Mini Zebu Cattle – 6pm – Bissingers Apple Outdoor Ring
  • Livestock Banquet Hoedown – 7pm – Large Arena (Livestock Exhibitors only)

Thursday

  • Judging Open Boer Goat Show – 8:30am – John Giger Small Arena
  • Judging 4H Dairy Cattle – 9am – Large Arena
  • Judging Open Sheep – 9:30am – John Giger Small Arena
  • Judging Supreme Champ Dairy Cow from Open Show –After 4H Dairy Show- Large Arena
  • 4H Horse & Pony Drill Team – 6pm – Large Arena
  • Hitch Percheron Horses – 7pm – Large Arena
  • Livestock Fun Night – 7:30pm – Large Arena 

Friday

  • Hitch Percheron Horses & Mini Zebu Cattle – 9:30am – Large Arena ($5 includes all Horse Pulling Shows)
  • Lightweight Horse Pulling – 10am – Large Arena
  • Heavyweight Horse Pulling – 1pm – Large Arena
  • 4H Horse & Pony Drill Team 4pm – Large Arena
  • 4H & FFA Livestock Sale – 6pm – John Giger Small Arena
  • Hitch Percheron Horses & Mini Zebu Cattle – 7pm – Large Arena 

Saturday

  • Hitch Percheron Horses & Mini Zebu Cattle – 9:15am – Large Arena
  • Mini Horse Pull – 9:30am – Large Arena (Sponsored by Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau)
  • Light & Heavyweight Pony Pulling – 1pm – Large Arena
  • 4H & FFA Supreme Showman Contest – 1pm – John Giger Small Arena
  • Mutton Busting – 4pm – Bissingers Apple Dumplings Outdoor Ring
  • 4H Horse & Pony Drill Team – 4:30pm –  Large Arena
  • Trick Roper by Mackenzie Fish, free photos, 5pm – Bissingers Apple Outdoor Ring
  • 4H Rabbit Jumping – 6pm – Bissingers Apple Dumplings Outdoor Ring
  • Trick Roper by Mackenzie Fish, free photos, 7pm – Bissingers Apple Outdoor Ring 

Friday through Saturday 

Daily Demonstrations in Livestock Area 

  • Percherons 4 Horse Hitch owned by Jesse & Heather Fisk, Bloomsburg, PA
  • Clydesdales by Luke & Rachel Vastine, Millville, PA
  • Miniature Horse owned by Stoney Lane Farms, Rhyne Family, Mifflinburg, PA
  • Scottish Black Face & Jacob Sheep owned by Milheim Family, Berwick, PA 
  • Pigs and People program by Paul Yoachim, Bradford County
  • Miniature Zebu Cattle, Reabuck Ranch, Stillwater, PA
  • PA Rabbit Queen MolliLyn Petro, Rabbit Hopping Demonstration and Meet & Greet
  • Alpaca, Caitlyn O’Connor, Nescopeck, PA
  • Trick Roper, Mackenzie Fish, Orangeville, PA
  • Livestock Kids Area: pedal tractors, corn box, Farmer Bloom mascot, mutton busting, milking an imitation cow

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