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Families, friends enjoy Mason-Dixon Fair opening

Monday night kicked off the 14th Annual Mason-Dixon Fair, bringing out families and friends from both Maryland and Pennsylvania to the fairgrounds between Whiteford and Delta, Pa.

The fair, which runs from July 9 through the 14, featured a variety of events on Monday's opening night, including the Little Miss Dixon and Mr. Mason contest.

It was the pageant that brought out Ginny and Todd Paup, of Felton, Pa., in support of their 6-year-old granddaughter, who came in second place.

The couple had already been out Sunday for the tractor pulls because their son was participating.

Thom McKnight, of Dublin, came out for his grandchildren as well, to see the animals. He comes almost every year and brought along 3-year-old Lily Swehla and 9-month-old Owen Swehla.

"He really likes to touch them," McKnight said of Owen. "He's not at all afraid."

In addition to the animal shows, there was also a petting zoo, which included goats, llamas and a camel.

Brenda McClain, of Delta, Pa., was standing near the petting zoo area Monday with her mother, Violet Hannah, of Dublin, and great niece, 16-year-old Alayna Drinkwater.

At the time, her other great niece, 3-year-old MacKaley Lynch, was feeding carrots to the goats.

McClain and Hannah, along with Hannah's fiance Earl Crouse, try to come out every year for the grandchildren.

"We just enjoy watching them," McClain said.

The fair wasn't just for the grandchildren either, as McClain added that they liked to watch the derby as well.

The rides were a favorite for many families there, including Erica Mink, of Delta, and Samantha Scott, of Fawn Grove, Pa.

They continue to bring their children for the rides and other activities.

"They always get their faces painted," Scott said.

Charlie Reynolds, of Pylesville, and Jessica Remines, of Bel Air, came out for their children as well, although Reynolds said he had been coming for 33 years, back when the event was called the Delta Carnival.

Now, they come for the children to enjoy the rides and the games, Remines said.

It was the first time for Sarah Sheets and Shane Saylor, of Jacobus, Pa. They came because there was "nothing better to do," Sheets said, but were pleased with the food.

"It's all right she added. "It's got some good food."

At the time, Sheets was eating a gyro and Saylor was enjoying a teriaki steak-on-a-stick.

Dyan Huslander was enjoying the fair for the first time as well and came out because her husband, Niko Huslander was announcing the monster truck show for the Instigator.

As owner of Vision Fitness and Garage Inc. Power Lifting, both in Brogue, Pa., Niko Huslander sponsored the driver and owner of the truck, Paul Breaud.

"He just thought it was a neat adventure to be in to," Dyan Huslander said.

The couple, from Stewartstown, Pa., also brought along their children, who Huslander said loved seeing the animals.

"It's fun," she added. "Of course my kids are loving it."

The fair runs daily through Saturday, with the midway opening at 5 p.m. and most farm and home exhibits and judging during the daytime. The fairgrounds are located off Maryland Route 165 just north of Whiteford at the Mayland - Pennsylvania line. For information on events, admission prices visit http://www.masondixonfair.com/events.htm.

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