Veterans and active service members attended the 2012 Patriotic Salute Day at Mason-Dixon Fair. (July 2, 2013)

The 15th annual Mason-Dixon Fair, which opens Sunday and runs through Saturday, July 13, is more than midway rides, monster trucks, farm animals, music and lots and lots of food, its organizers say.

"The fair is a big part of this community," Jeff Griffith, president of the fair, said via cell phone Monday night from the fairgrounds. "It gives everyone a chance to come together at this time of year."

The Mason-Dixon Fair is a week-long combination of celebration and fundraiser at the Mason-Dixon Fairgrounds, 6988 Delta Road in Delta, Pa.

"It's a big contributor to the Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company," Griffith said, explaining one of the most tangible benefits to the community.


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The fair opens Sunday, though the midway rides are dark until Monday evening, and concludes with the fire company parade the following Saturday.

"The Fair Directors and Fair Department Committee Personnel comprise a unique blend of farmers, business persons and public spirited individuals who value service above personal gain," according to the fair's web site. "Many of them take time from their regular occupations to spend long days working for or at the Fair. The six day event provides friendly competition among neighbors and a wholesome, educational atmosphere for all ages. Farmers and small gardeners can compare their produce at one central location. Children can learn to appreciate quality food products and farm animals."

Admission is free on Sunday. The midway gate opens nightly at  5 p.m. Admission is $4 Monday through Thursday and $6 Friday and Saturday (after 5 p.m.; free until then); children 6 and younger are free.

Family Nights are Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday 2 to 5 p.m. Armbands, which let visitors ride all the rides for $17, are only valid until 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Fireman's parade, veterans

A highlight of the fair is Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company's annual Fireman's Parade, which boasts a rich, long heritage, on Saturday, July 13. The parade wraps up the week-long fair and provides the community with a very exciting Saturday evening event.

Organizers are hoping to see a record number of participants again this year and need the community to make this year's event a successful family event. The committee is looking for marching groups, bands and groups with floats, equestrian entries and a variety of other organizations/groups to participate.

Service men and women will be honored on Patriotic Salute Day Friday, July 12 at the fairgrounds.

The fairground gates will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 12, for a special day at the fair for our veterans and senior citizens. Admission to the early event is free to senior citizens, veterans, active service members and their families until 2 p.m. There will be cash bingo, cash food court, fair exhibits and karaoke and singalong music for all who attend this early event. (The midway and rides will not be open for this early event.)

Admission will be free Friday night for veterans and active service members with military, VFW or American Legion ID. All other family members will be $6 (children 6 and under are free).

"Please join us so we can honor and thank you for all you have done for our country," the fair's web site says. "We look forward to meeting and thanking you personally, the volunteers of the Mason-Dixon Fair, members of the John S. Murphy Post 7130 of Delta, Pa., and the Ladies Auxiliary, members of the American Legion Slate Ridge Post 182 and The Legion Riders of Whiteford and many surrounding posts."

For more information on Patriotic Salute Day or any other part of the Mason-Dixon Fair, visit http://www.masondixonfair.com.

"I'd just like everyone to come out and enjoy themselves," Griffith said. "There's something here for everyone."