Heritage Fair brings Dundalk together
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
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.
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.