FONDA – With sunshine and temperatures in the 60s, the 2016 Fonda-Fultonville Central Schools homecoming kicked off Saturday with a parade through Fultonville and Fonda.
The parade was led by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 942 color guard as pockets of families lined the sidewalks to boost the district’s students and sports teams.
“I like that they do the parade because it shows their community support for the school district,” said Jenni Lyn of Fultonville.
Not far behind the color guard was the Fonda-Fultonville band comprised of middle and high school students playing with an Indian tempo.
Football, soccer, cheerleaders, golfers, other athletes and dancers followed.
John Mancini of Fonda said he came to the parade because “my son and daughter are in it”-Juliet, who plays volleyball, and John, football.
Members of the Shooting Stars Dance Academy brought some rhythm to the parade. Miss Fonda Fair and her court waved to onlookers.
Race cars were in tow, including the official pace truck for the Fonda Speedway.
Fire and rescue trucks from Tribes Hill, Glen and Mohawk rumbled through.
State Farm insurance brought Winnie the Pooh for those youngsters who follow his escapades and mishaps.
Parent and teacher organizations and the high school student government were represented, as was Future Farmers of America.
For Makenna Romell, 5, of Fonda, the sights and sounds were secondary to her real interest – candy being thrown to the kids.
The parade was sponsored by the villages, the FFCS All-Sports Booster Club, the Parent-Teacher-Student Association, members of the class of 1996 and the 2016 parade committee.