Her­itage Fair brings Dun­dalk to­gether

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By MIA MCCASLIN mm­c­caslin@ches­pub.com

Vol­un­teers, com­mu­nity mem­bers, spon­sors and leg­is­la­tors gathered at the Ship­way Stage in the dusk hours of Fri­day, June 30, for the of­fi­cial open­ing of the 42nd Dun­dalk Her­itage Fair.

The Dun­dalk-based Cho­rus of the Ch­e­sa­peake bar­ber­shop har­mony cho­rus per­formed pa­tri­otic bal­lads such as the “The

Star-Span­gled Ban­ner,” “God Bless the USA,” “God Bless Amer­ica,” and a song called “The Ser­vice Five Med­ley,” which in­cor­po­rates the fight songs for each of the five branches of the U.S. mil­i­tary— Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines.

The Cho­rus of the Ch­e­sa­peake is turn­ing 60 this year, as it was first char­tered in Dun­dalk in 1957. The chap­ter was orig­i­nally es­tab­lished as Dun­dalk Chap­ter of the So­ci­ety for the Preser­va­tion and En­cour­age­ment of Bar­ber Shop Quartet Singing in Amer­ica, Inc. as an out­let for men in the area who sought mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence.

The cho­rus was joined on stage by sev­eral lo­cal of­fi­cials and fair vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing Cap­tain Or­lando Lilly of Precinct 12, Tom To­porovich, Alan Hol­comb, Joe Falbo, Eric Davis and Bob and Carol Fogle of the Her­itage Fair As­so­ci­a­tion and leg­is­la­tors, in­clud­ing County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kame­nentz (D), County Coun­cil­man Todd Cran­dell (R-7), U.S. Rep. Dutch Rup- pers­berger (D-2), state Sen. Johnny Ray Salling and Dels. Bob Long and Ric Met­z­gar (all R-6).

“The best cel­e­bra­tion in the coun­try hap­pens right here in Dun­dalk,” Cran­dell said at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Dun­dalk’s pa­tri­o­tism and fer­vor for com­mu­nity events was lauded by mul­ti­ple other speak­ers.

“This is all about you, this is about our coun­try,” noted Salling said. “God bless the troops, God bless you all, and God bless Dun­dalk!”

“Dun­dalk is very strong, proud and pa­tri­otic,” Kame­nentz said.

The rib­bon cut­ting for the fair was com­pleted by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Weis Mar­ket; the gro­cery store filled the shoes of ti­tle fair spon­sor — left empty af­ter Mars closed last year.

The Her­itage As­so­ci­a­tion be­gan plans for the 2017 Her­itage Fair with $20,000 less than in years past be­cause of the loss of Mars’ spon­sor­ship, un­til Weis stepped in.

“Weis has al­ways been fo­cused on ‘com­mu­nity first’,” said Weis man­ager Rob San­toni, who rep­re­sented the su­per­mar­ket at the rib­bon cut­ting. “We want to prove that we’re com­mit­ted to this com­mu­nity.”

The Her­itage fair opened on Fri­day at 4 p.m. and closed around 10 p.m. Sun­day, July 2, af­ter the fi­nal head­lin­ing per­for­mance by .38 Spe­cial. The fair was host to ven­dors of food, dec­o­ra­tions, crafts and myr­iad other things, as well as booths for com­mu­nity groups to gather more vis­i­bil­ity or mem­ber­ship. At­ten­dees en­joyed many re­turn­ing lo­cal fa­vorites, in­clud­ing the Hot Dog Pig Races, Phineas T. Waggs (Jerry Brown) and his mon­key pal Django, a pet­ting zoo, beer gar­den, car­ni­val games, rides and more.

With highs in the lowto-mid 90s and lows in the mid 70s, weather was toasty yet fairly even through­out the event — in­ter­rupted only by a fast-mov­ing storm that briefly cleared the fair- grounds on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

For cov­er­age of the Dun­dalk In­de­pen­dence Day Pa­rade, check out next week’s

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Miss the fair or just want to re­live the fun? Check out the our Her­itage Fair photo gallery, start­ing on page 18.

The Cho­rus of the Ch­e­sa­peake sang a myr­iad of pa­tri­otic songs, in­clud­ing “God Bless Amer­ica,” and “Proud to be and Amer­i­can.”

The crowd stood at the Ship­way stage for the open­ing cer­e­mony.

The lo­cal Viet­nam Vet­eran Troop pre­sented the col­ors for the Pledge of Al­le­giance and the Na­tional An­them.

PHO­TOS BY MIA MCCASLIN

Three rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Weis Food were given the honor of cut­ting the rib­bon in honor of the com­pany’s do­na­tion to the fair. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives were flanked on ei­ther side by Joe Falbo, left, and An­gel Ball, right.

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