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The 2017 Mason-Dixon Fair begins Monday and runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds on the Harford and York counties line off Pa. Route 74.
The 2017 Mason-Dixon Fair begins Monday and runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds on the Harford and York counties line off Pa. Route 74. (MATT BUTTON AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The 19th annual Mason Dixon Fair in Delta, Pa., begins Monday, offering six days of activities for local families including carnival games and rides, agricultural exhibitions and tractor pulls.

The fairgrounds are at 6988 Delta Road, just north of the Mason-Dixon Line separating Maryland and Pennsylvania.

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The proximity makes it a regular draw for Harford County residents who want to take in the varied entertainment or enter their livestock, produce, baked goods or crafts in the multiple exhibitions.

"We draw a ton of people, from Harford, Cecil, Baltimore County," fair president Jeff Griffith said Thursday.

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He said at least 50 percent of exhibitors come from Maryland.

"We get a good turnout from the other side of the Mason-Dixon Line," he said.

A youth rodeo, a new event this year, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sunday. It is open to young people up to age 16, and it includes calf roping and barrel racing, Griffith said.

"We're just trying it, to see how it goes over this year," he said.

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Registration for the farm and home exhibits runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and the judging of the exhibits begins at 10 a.m. Monday, according to the fair website, http://www.masondixonfair.com.

The midway, with its games and rides, opens at 5 p.m. Monday. The midway will be open 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, the final day of the fair.

General admission is $6 Monday through Wednesday and $8 Thursday through Saturday. Children age 6 and younger are admitted for free.

Fairgoers can pay $18, in addition to general admission, to ride all of the rides.

Ticket prices have increased by $2 from last year. Griffith said the cost of putting on the events has increased, plus organizers are bringing in well-known attractions such as the East Coast Pullers, who will put on a truck and tractor pull show Saturday night.

People can check out racing or tractor pulls on the fair's dirt track throughout the week, according to the fair website.

"We're still cheaper than anybody around that's for sure, for what you get," Griffith said.

Smoketown Helicopters, of Smoketown, Pa., will provide helicopter rides, giving people an aerial view of the fairgrounds, each night, Monday through Saturday. Helicopter rides are $40 per person, according to the fair website.

A DJ will play music Monday, starting at 6 p.m. There will be live musical acts Tuesday through Saturday, with two acts Saturday — American Hollar at 2 p.m. and Foggy Hollow Bluegrass at 6:30 p.m.

The Josh Christina Band will play Tuesday, Common Ground Band Wednesday, Jeff Stike Thursday and Set Free on Friday. All weekday shows start at 7 p.m.

The annual Fair Princess, Little Miss Dixon and Mr. Mason and Fair Queen and Junior Fair Queen contests are scheduled for Monday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m., respectively.

The Mason Dixon Karaoke Star singing contest is scheduled for 6 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A watermelon eating contest is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Friday will be senior citizens and veterans day.

Saturday events include a Firemen's Parade and fireworks display.

Visit the fair website or the Mason Dixon Fair page on Facebook for more information, call 717-873-7553 or 717-676-6446, or email masondixonfair@yahoo.com.

The fair is put on by the Mason Dixon Fair Association; proceeds benefit the Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company, which serves southern York County, Pa., and northern Harford County.

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