’18 Fonda Fair set to start Wednesday

177th annual tradition

FONDA –From Skeeter Creek to Convoy for a Cause, to rides, horse shows and monster trucks, this year’s Fonda Fair promises to have something for everyone who walks through its gates.

President of the Fonda Fair board, Richard Kennedy, said preparation for the fair has been in full swing over the past year, and they are ready for crowds to be pleased.

“We pretty much begin planning for the fair as soon as it ends. The races end at Fonda and then we have two weeks to come in and get ready,” said Kennedy.

This will year will mark the second time the fair will be a six day event, as opposed to seven days. Kennedy said six days still allows for the fair to offer all of its signature entertainment. The schedule can be found online where they lay out all of the days events.

Wednesday marks its opening day with reduced admission for senior citizens all day, free admission for children younger than 14 all day, and a $25 unlimited ride wristband that is good until closing.

Thursday, otherwise known as “Carload Thursday,” patrons can get in for $10 a car, with the addition of a $20 wristband good until 5 p.m. A $25 unlimited ride wristband will be offered after 5 p.m.

Midnight Madness Pet Adoption Awareness Day Animals, provided by Ayres Memorial Shelter, will take place on Friday. Deals for that day include with reduced admission for senior citizens, free admission for children younger than 14 all day and a $25 unlimited ride wristband. The Midways will open at 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, with day and evening events including truck pulls, demolition derbies, arts and crafts and livestock shows. Music will not only include bands like Skeeter Creek, but also names like Big Sky Country, Flame and even an Elvis impersonator.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the midway opens at noon, with $25 unlimited ride wristbands available each day.

“For one low price visitors can enjoy live bands, cattle shows, and monster trucks,” said Kennedy. “Friday is a special day where we hope to see as many animals as possible be adopted. Every day there are great events at the Midway.”

Kennedy said one very special event, “Convoy for a Cause,” will take place on Sunday. This event gives 100 percent of the registration fees and donations to local charities. The chosen recipient this year is the 810 WGY Christmas Wish Program and Leatherstocking Honor Flight. The truck pulls include three classes: Lightning, Thunder and Open. Trophies and awards are given out at the event. Awards will be for oldest truck, furthest traveled, largest fleet, best of show truck, and best of show fleet. Registration will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. at Beech-Nut, One Nutrition Place, Amsterdam. Roll out at 10 a.m. with the convoy arriving at the fairgrounds at 11 a.m.

Safyre Terry, who survived a devastating fire several years ago, will serve as Grand Marshall of the event.

“It’s really a wonderful cause and we are hoping people come out to support it,” said Kennedy.

Other highlights not to be missed include baby contests, The Miss Fonda Fair Pageant was held on Aug. 25, and, of course, the endless food options. From vendors to home baked goods, to organic local farm favorites, Kennedy said the traditional favorites will all be available. Daily events include Mr. Scribbles, Karaoke and a DJ, racing pigs, Gizmo D. Robot, a six-horse team of Clydesdales, chainsaw carvers, sand sculptures, Eudora Farms and Petting Zoo, a Living History Exhibit including a blacksmith, broom maker; medicine man, soap maker, paper marbling and free miniature golf.

Kennedy recommends checking out fondafair.com for more information on prices, hours and schedules. The fair has ample parking in the lots as well as across the street in the village lot. They also have an up to date Facebook page @thefondafair.