Food and fun as Heritage Fair returns to Dundalk
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:51

Fair fixture Jerry Brown will, once again, entertain crowds as Phineas T. Waggs, with his monkey pal Django. file photo 

39th annual fair runs June 27 through 29

by Nicole Rodman

One of Dundalk’s most beloved traditions comes back to town as the 39th annual Dundalk Heritage Fair opens on Friday.
    The three-day fair will run this weekend, Friday, June 27, through Sunday, June 29, from noon to 10 p.m. each day.
    According to Joe Falbo, president of the Dundalk Heritage Fair Association, the fair is being held the weekend before the 4th of July in order to raise the necessary funds to pay for the Dundalk Independence Day Parade and the fireworks display.
    The Dundalk Heritage Fair Association completely funds the Heritage Fair, parade and fireworks.
    While a small amount of money comes from contributions to the Bucket Brigade at each year’s parade, the bulk of the funding comes from Heritage Fair ticket sales.
    The association is still working to recover from a $90,000 loss due to severe storm damage on the fair’s first night in 2012.
    Admission to this year’s fair is $7 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
    The fair will officially kick off with an opening ceremony, including music by local barbershop harmony group Chorus of the Chesapeake, on the Shipway stage on Friday at 7 p.m.
    As always, the fair will include sights and sounds for visitors of all ages.
    Longtime fixture Jerry Brown will return to the fair, wearing stilts to portray 10-foot tall Uncle Sam and entertaining crowds as Phineas T. Waggs, with  monkey pal Django.
    Other returning favorites include pig races, pony rides and a strolling magician.
    As Falbo noted, there will also be a number of new attractions at this year’s fair.
    Dundalk/Sparrows Point Moose Lodge #1228 will be on hand to offer child identification services to parents.
    The intent of the child ID, which includes vital information and a photograph, is to enable parents to have information on hand in case their child goes missing.
    Other new attractions will include booths for new country music radio station 106.1 FM and the new Greens at Logan Field senior complex at Logan Village Shopping Center.
    As always, there will be a wide variety of food vendors to feed even the largest appetites.
    Better Than Carolina BBQ will make its fair debut, serving ribs and chicken to hungry fairgoers.
    As usual, the fair will also include a large number of craft vendors and booths from local community groups.
    As Falbo noted, there will be at least half a dozen new vendors at this year’s event.
    For those who head straight to the rides, the fair will offer a $20 unlimited ride pass.
    The pass can only be used from noon to 4 p.m. on the day it is purchased; a new ride pass must be purchased each day.
    A coupon for $5 off the unlimited ride pass is available in last week’s and this week’s issues of The Dundalk Eagle.
    The fair will also offer a wide array of musical entertainment for nearly every taste.
    In addition to the fair’s headliners (profiled elsewhere in this issue), the entertainment lineup will include returning favorites such as Dean Crawford & The Dunn’s River Band, The Gigs, The Crawdaddies, Gene Vincentt & The Cruisers, Regal Beagles, Rich & The Roadrunners and more.        For his part, Falbo is hoping for a good turnout — and good weather — for this year’s Heritage Fair.
    “It’s a good thing for the community,” he explained.
    “Hopefully the weather will be good — everyone can come out and have a good time.”