The Fonda Fair opens for its 181st year Wednesday


Wes Hoefele, 2, left, helps his mother Amy Hoefele of Fonda set up their livestock booth with his 9-month-old sister Brooke at the Fonda Fairgrounds Monday.

FONDA The 181st Fonda Fair opens Wednesday and will run August 31- September 5.

This year the Fonda Fair will be bringing back some former fair favorites in addition to the its yearly events, rides, games and shows. 

“When you come to The Fonda Fair, there’s so much to see and do,” Montgomery County Agricultural Society President Richard Kennedy said. “We have events going on every single day. From pig racing to pony rides, to petting zoos. There’s just something for everyone to see. We actually have a blacksmith shop that’ running, there’s a broom maker, there’s Mr. Scribbles, he’ll draw pictures for you. And all this is free, included with your admission.”

There is so much to do at the Fonda Fair each year Kennedy said. He explained this year the fair is bringing back some events it has not had in recent years. 

“One thing we haven’t done in several years, we’re bringing back the rodeo,” Montgomery County Agricultural Society President Richard Kennedy said. “We’ll be having a rodeo Wednesday night inside the indoor arena.”

The Fonda Fair Rodeo will start at 7p.m. The rodeo will take place rain or shine, Kennedy said. It will include roping, barrel racing and bull riding. He explained there will be local contestants as well as professional contestants who come.

We haven’t had the New York Tractor Pullers Association in several years,” Kennedy said. “Last year it rained and of course two years ago we didn’t have the fair because of COVID. That will be new this year, I think it’s been at least five years since we’ve had the tractor pull on the track in front of the grandstand.”

The tractor pull will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday and the truck pulls will take place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday and diesel and semi trucks will run Sunday at 6 p.m. Kennedy said the truck and tractor pulls are a favorite for the community.

This year the fair will hold its first ever four-wheel drive and side-by-side drag races. The drag races will be held Thursday night at the grandstand at 7 p.m.

The Fonda Fair will hold its annual backpack giveaway Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m. Kennedy said they have about 300 backpacks full of school supplies to give away .

“With all the families in need in the community we thought we would raise some money and donate backpacks to kids who come to the fair,” Kennedy said. “We have a plethora of sponsors who were able to help us buy the backpacks and then fill them full of things the kids need to go to school.”

General admission for this year’s Fonda Fair is $12, children 6-12-years-old are $2 and children under six are free. Seniors 62-or-older are $5 on Wednesday and Friday.

“With the Fonda Fair you get your biggest bang for you

r buck,” Kennedy said. “The cost to enter the fair is quite low compared to other fairs. We have kept our admission extremely low, adults get in for $12.”

This year’s Fonda Fair will have 10 new food vendors, Kennedy said. He explained there will be something for everyone.

“There’s so many different food vendors coming in this year,” Kennedy said. “With candy and baked goods and ice cream, and barbeque. You could eat every single meal every single day and eat a different food.”

Sunday will be the Fonda Fair’s ninth annual Convoy for a Cause. All of the proceeds raised Sunday will go help support the WGY Christmas Wish and WBUG Stuff the Bus campaign.

“We have trucks that convoy from our beginning point at BBL Construction in Fort Plain,” Kennedy said. “We’ll be traveling down through the Village of Fort Plain, Canajoharie and Fultonville and then arriving to the fairgrounds at approximately noon.”

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By Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge

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