- Many business owners in Columbia
County are hurting. The Bloomsburg fair was canceled because of
the flood and the annual event is a major boost to their business. Now, they're doing anything and everything
just to stay above water.
Leiby says his business, Sunrise Pools, took a major nose dive when the Bloomsburg
Fair was cancelled. "Well, without
the fair we're down about 80 percent because we do so well there. We have the biggest display and we sell a lot
of tubs there."
Leiby says he sells about 50 hot tubs at the week long fair, 50 tubs we hopes
he can now find a way to sell. So to
boost business Leiby brought the fair to Sunrise Pools, "We got served
lemons, we're going to make lemonade."
vendors are set up in his parking lot and each weekend he has live entertainment,
hoping that passer buyers will stop enjoy the makeshift fair and drop a few thousand
dollars on a hot tub.
just one story. Paul Reichert, Presidents
of the Bloomsburg Fair says the town lost several hundred thousand dollars in
tax revenue brought in by the fair but the impact is even worse on the local
Reichert says, "I assume or estimate that probably 45-50
million dollars is what we generate during this week and this year, it's
Reichert says next weekend they are still
holding the 4-H auction and are hoping that draws in a few extra people to town.