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Cornell gearing up for Fonda Fair

August 16, 2009
By SHANNON DYGERT, For The Leader-Herald

The Fonda Fair is around the corner and Cornell Cooperative Extension is gearing up for a fun filled week for youth and adults in the Cooperative Extension/ 4-H building.

The Fonda Fair will kick off Sept. 1 and will close Sept. 7.

Throughout the week, fun and educational activities for youth will be held in the building.

New this year will be a theme for each day of the week, including "Health Smart Day," "Up with Youth Day," "Agriculture & Horticulture Day," "Local Foods Day" and "Greener Living Day."

On Sept. 1 and 4 the theme will be "4-H Up With Youth Day." On Sept. 2 at 3 p.m., there will be a 4-H Challenge and at 7:30 p.m. 4-Hers will showcase their talents in the 4-H Youth Talent Expo.

In addition, there will be face painting throughout the week, 4-Hers presenting demonstrations on a variety of topics and much more.

On Sept. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a variety of stations where youth can complete different activities and then try for a chance to open and win something out of the 4-H treasure chest.

In addition on Sept. 4, there will be a 4-H fashion show at 3 p.m. New this year, is the 4-H Scarecrow contest and we're looking for some help from fair visitors to vote for their favorite.

On Sept. 3, youths can participate in vegetable car races at noon, 2:30, 5 and 6 p.m. and on Sept. 6, youths will have the opportunity to build their own piggy banks from 1 to 2 p.m. and make their own pinwheels from 2 to 3 p.m. "Local Foods Day" on Sept. 7 will feature a 4-H Pride of New York State Food Contest at 2:30 p.m.

In addition to the youth events, adults can watch food demonstrations and do a little food tasting on Sept. 2 and Sept. 6 at noon.

In the nutrition area, don't forget to find information on food preservation, body fat analysis and eating better nutritionally.

"Greener Living Day" on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and throughout the week will feature the grid tied solar energy display.

On Sept. 3 Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions regarding plants and gardening.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fonda Fair in the Cooperative Extension building.

Don't forget to visit the 4-H animal shows (dairy, goat, horses, beef, and sheep) throughout the week.

On Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. there also will be a 4-H pet show followed by dog obedience and dog agility competitions.

If you would like more information about events going on in the Cornell Cooperative Extension building or how to get your youth involved in 4-H call 762-3909 or visit us on the web at

See you at the Fair.



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