By CAROLINE MURRAY
MAYFIELD -- The Bannertown Fair is back in town and making history.
For the first time since it's inception 38 years ago, a woman was elected the grand marshall of the Bannertown parade kicking off Saturday.
Mayfield resident Betty Tabor was selected for the honor. Tabor's son, David, said she was the village historian for many years and is humbled by the recognition.
Tabor said his mother will be riding in an antique Model A fire truck with his son, Zach, at the parade.
"I am excited for her," Tabor said.
The fair starts tonight with family night.
Mayfield Firemen Association chairwoman Amanda Mormile said Mayfield Central School District students who participated in the 25 Read Program -- a program encouraging kids to read 25 books throughout the year -- are invited to enjoy rides for free tonight.
Mormile said musical entertainment for Thursday includes local Mayfield band Coincide from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Additionally, folks may view a motorcycle and car show.
The band Skeeter Creek of Hagaman will perform from Friday 7 to 11 p.m.
Association president Stephen Hathaway was especially thrilled about the fair's entertainment.
In addition to a parade Saturday afternoon, musical performances will be provided by Eddison Kane, Hair of the Dog and All Fired up!
"We are hoping it is going to be a good one, we got some big entertainment coming," Hathaway said.
The fair is open to the public and there is no cover charge to enter.
Mormile said Wheelock Rides are providing the rides, and each cost $2.
This year, Mormile said there are more than 50 food vendors, too.
The fair ends Saturday night with fireworks.
Hathaway said all the fair's proceeds benefit the association. He said the money will help revamp fairgrounds and help fund some fire department equipment.
Usually, Hathaway said the association sees close to 1,000 people come through the fairgrounds throughout the weekend, and this year he is hoping that amount will double.
Mormile agrees. She has been attending the fair since she was a young girl, and said the association made changes so the event is more affordable and inviting.
"Over the years, I have seen the fair go from a small fair to big fair back to a small fair. We are bringing back the fair for the community to get involved ... to when it was affordable and fun when I was a kid."