The 171st Fonda Fair began today, and while the events this year may not include a nationally known musical act, there is a much larger act the community can perform.
That's the act of support as we remember last year's fair, which was affected by devastating floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene. Though the fair opened last year later than usual, the show went on.
We urge members of the community to show their loyalty and dedication to the fair, a time-honored tradition that draws many people from outside our area. The fair also brings joy to the youths who participate in 4-H events, and offers fun rides, delicious deep-fried food and much more.
Last year, our hearts were broken as we watched local historical landmarks ripped apart by the rushing waters of the Mohawk River and Schoharie Creek.
Some people spent the days during the Fonda Fair rummaging through water-logged books and soggy photo albums, and retrieving treasures from the mud as they looked to rebuild their flood-and-wind-ravaged homes.
The fair was a welcome distraction for some, but others couldn't take a break from recovery efforts.
This year, we urge everyone to go to and support the fair. Patronize the businesses near it as well, and take a fresh look at what our region has to offer.
When we think about August 2011, the overflowing waters come to mind, but they didn't match the overflowing hearts of those who extended their helping hands.
Check out the Fonda Fair this year and rediscover some of our region's treasures.