Bloomsburg Nationals | Carlisle

Bloomsburg, PA Dates: 08/10/2018 ‐ 08/12/2018
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Address: 620 W 3rd St
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815

Phone: 717-243-7855




Dates: 08/10/2018 ‐ 08/12/2018

Event Activities:

  • Car Corral
  • Outdoor Show
  • Swap Meet

The Bloomsburg Nationals, powered by Carlisle Events and presented by PPG takes place during the second full weekend of August at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. All cars, trucks and motorcycles of varying eras, make, model and style are encouraged to be part of the weekend. Carlisle Events, one of the world's largest presenters of collector car and truck entertainment will exclusively present the swap meet, car corral and show field, while the Dream Machines Motor Club will take point on certain entertainment and staffing aspects of the event. The partnership combines 70+ years of experience and will yield a unique atmosphere that is fun for guests of all ages.

No matter your automotive interest, the Bloomsburg Nationals powered by Carlisle Events will provide a festive family weekend with limitless possibilities for fun and entertainment. Weekend activities will include the car show itself with awards presented to participants during an awards parade, live music, food, games and so much more. Automotive enthusiasts from throughout the Keystone State and beyond should make plans for this event and experience something truly unique to the town of Bloomsburg.

It is the home of Carlisle Events and the Carlisle Fairgrounds, the location for the largest car, truck and motorcycle collector events in the country.

Prior to Carlisle Events' emergence, anyone interested in restoring or showing 1950s- or 1960s-era cars had few options. That all changed when Chip Miller and Bill Miller, Jr. became friends through a mutual interest in cars of the 1950s. Together they began going to car shows and swap meets, where like-minded individuals would hunt for parts and accessories to restore their vehicles. A need for these events became obvious to these two men in 1973. Until that time, the only cars deemed worthy to collect were pre-WWII automobiles.
Within a few years, the Carlisle Fairgrounds had become a mecca for collector car enthusiasts all over the world. The runaway success of what became known as Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Car Corral led to a similar spring event in 1977. In short order, they became complete sellouts for vendor and car sale (or "car corral") spaces. In 1981, after renting the fairgrounds for each event, the Millers purchased the 82-acre property.On September 26, 1974, on the rented Carlisle Fairgrounds, "Post War '74" took place. It was the very first car event promoted by the company. In a year still remembered for gas lines and inflation, nearly 600 vendors set up in more than 800 spaces, and 13,000 spectators paid the $1 admission to sample their wares.

Over the years, Carlisle Events has transformed the fairgrounds to suit the needs of car show participants and visitors. Continuous improvements include paved roads, a manicured landscape and more than 10 permanent buildings. At the same time, Carlisle Events has established consumer-friendly services such as on-site bank financing, notary and title service and a wide variety of dining choices

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