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Cornell programs part of Fonda Fair

August 24, 2008
By Marilyn J. Smith, For The Leader-Herald

You know you can count on Cornell Cooperative Extension for useful information all year long, but can you really learn something new in a short visit to the Fonda Fair?

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties answers a resounding "Yes."

Fair-goers can actively participate in extension programs while having fun at the Fair. The 2008 Fonda Fair will start Tuesday and run through Sept. 1.

Several activities will happen daily in the Cooperative Extension Building. Face painting will be available noon to 6 p.m. 4-H member demonstrations and presentations take place periodically each day.

Every day at 3 p.m., master gardeners will take the stage for informative demonstrations.

Nutrition and health activities, daily 2 to 7 p.m., feature A-Maze-ing Vegetables: follow the footprints to discover interesting facts about vegetables; a wall of tips to vary your vegetable eating; fishing for vegetable facts; and food pyramid toss.

Food demonstrations featuring the Three Sisters Saute will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Aug. 31.

Each day also will feature a number of animal shows. 4-H dairy and beef cattle, rabbits, poultry, horses, swine, goats and sheep will be on display in the various buildings.

Highlighting Fulton and Montgomery County greenhouses will be a focus of the horticulture and agriculture display this year.

It will include flowers, plants and promotional materials, as well as a map of local greenhouses.

The Children's Area will feature a variety of interactive, science-based activities.

Children and adults alike should enjoy the exhibit featuring the lifecycle of caterpillars to butterflies.

Older youth and adults should also enjoy the Text Messaging Challenge. This quiz will be featured Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The 4-H Talent Expo has become a perennial favorite at the Fonda Fair.

It will be conducted Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

A new event this year will be "Are You Smarter than a 4-Her?"

This quiz show style event will be conducted Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and will spotlight 4-H youths against adults.

Aug. 31 will highlight another new activity, a corn crazy corn bread give-away. This event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m.

Participants can sample a piece of corn bread with their favorite topping.

On Sept. 1, the last day of the Fair, always is a busy day.

At 10 a.m., the 4-H Pet and Dog Show kicks-off in the Ag 2000 Building. At noon in the Cooperative Extension Building, winners will be drawn for the Fulton and Montgomery Counties Activity Challenge.

At 2 p.m. in the Cooperative Extension Building is the 4-H Fashion Show with youth presenting the clothing projects they have completed during the past year.

As always, the 4-H Snack Bar will be open 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day. Favorite treats include milk shakes, cheesecake, cookies, brownie fudge sundaes, pretzels and hot and cold beverages.

For nearly 100 years, Cooperative Extension has been a vital part of the Fonda Fair. There's always something to do, see and learn.

For more information or questions about these activities or other Cooperative Extension programs, call 762-3909 or visit the Web site at



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