Convoy for a Cause set for Sunday

FONDA — Trucks in the fifth annual Convoy for Cause will take off Sunday on a new and longer route to the Fonda Fairgrounds.

In past years Convoy for a Cause, trucks would leave Beech-Nut and go down Route 5S to Fultonville to the Fonda Fairgrounds.

This year, the convoy will make its way from Beech-Nut onto Route 5S eastbound to Route 30N to Route 5 westbound into the fairgrounds.

“We made the route longer because this gives the opportunity for more people to witness the convoy,” said Richard Kennedy, president of Fonda Fair board. “Drivers also wanted to have the route longer.”

Drivers wanting to participate in the convoy can register on the day of the event at Beech-Nut. Registration begins at 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. The convoy is scheduled to leave at 10:15 a.m. to go through the city of Amsterdam and will arrive at the fairgrounds at approximately 11 a.m.

Registration for trucks is $50 per truck. All semi trucks are allowed, along with fire trucks of local fire departments and commercial trucks. Emergency vehicles are free. Kennedy said no trailers will be allowed in the convoy due to room constraints.

Drivers can also RSVP through Facebook, but will still have to register at Beech-Nut the day of the event.

The $50 donation fee will also give drivers access to the fair for the day and access to the time trial competition, the semi truck pulls and the Firemen’s Field Day competition.

This year’s proceeds will go toward Radio 810 WGY Christmas Wish Program and the Leatherstocking Honor Flight.

In last year’s Convoy for a Cause, despite the rain, a total of 188 trucks participated in the event and approximately $9,000 was raised. Kennedy said this year the goal is to get 200 trucks in the convoy and to exceed $10,000.

Leading the convoy this year will be Tim Adair, of Timco Transportation. Special guests this year will include Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Miss Montgomery County Sara James and Safyre Terry, who survived a devastating fire. Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Jeff Smith will be serving as the Grand Marshal this year.

The Convoy for a Cause will also be supporting the Move Over Law. The law requires vehicles to move over and change lanes to give some clearance to law enforcement officers, fire crew, ambulance crew and tow-truck drivers and any other vehicles responding to roadside assistance.