Fonda Fair offers a little of everything

Gracie Hernigle, left, and Frank Hernigle hold their fingers up to signal that they want one more spin around the Music Express Carnival ride at the Fonda Fair. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara)

FONDA — The tradition of heading down to the Fonda Fair is kept alive as there is an activity for everyone to enjoy, whether it be seeing the cows, eating all the fried dough, winning game prizes, or riding the same carnival ride over and over again — the fair has something for the whole family.

On Friday the Fonda Fair featured the goat show, the baby contest, the 4-wheel drive truck pull, kiddie pedal tractor pull, the pointed horses event, a bicycle drawing, 4-wheel drive gas and the 4-wheel drive gas truck pull.

For the Hernigle family, their first stop was seeing all the different animals.

“We just walked in and so far we spent a lot of time seeing the animals,” said Stephanie Freer.

Wyatt Hernigle said he and his family saw bunnies, birds, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, horses and lambs.

Gracie Hernigle and Stephanie Freer both said they liked the bunnies. Cody Hernigle said he liked seeing the lambs.

They also got to learn some fun facts about the animals that they looked at.

“Pigs don’t sweat,” said Cody Hernigle. “The pig was an all-American breed.”

The children were also excited to go on the carnival rides.

Gracie Hernigle said she wanted to go on the swings and Cody Hernigle wanted to go on the Gravitron.

“It spins really fast and then you get sucked into the walls,” he said.

Wyatt Hernigle said that is his favorite too.

Their grandfather Frank Hernigle has made it a family tradition to bring the children to the fair every year.

For some fair goers it was their first time attending the Fonda Fair.

“This is actually my first time here and so far I’m having a great time,” said Amy Brenner, who was singing a karaoke song in the entertainment tent.

Brenner said she doesn’t go on the carnival rides, but was looking forward to seeing the pig races and the truck pulls. She said she used to bring her son to the Middletown County Fair every year.

“I love fairs,” she said. “I’m a kid at heart.”

Not only do fair goers enjoy attending the Fonda Fair, but so did those working the carnival rides and games.

“I enjoy seeing the kids smiling and having fun,” said Jessica Martinson who was working the Mini Ball carnival game.

Amber Egelston who was working at the Lucky Ducks said she also enjoys seeing the kids.

“I have kids of my own, so I like seeing the families’ faces when they win the prizes,” Egelston said. “It reminds me of my own kids playing the games.”

The Fair will continue Saturday with the midway opening at noon. Unlimited ride wristbands will be $25 from noon till closing. Events throughout the day include the baby contest, the demolition derby, monster truck rides, monster truck meet and greet and fireworks at 9 p.m.

By Josh Bovee

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