Fonda Fair opens Tuesday

FONDA – Preparations are nearly complete for the 172nd Fonda Fair, and the organizers say visitors will be greeted by traditional attractions as well as some new surprises when the gates open Tuesday.

“All we need now is seven days of great weather,” said Richard Kennedy, president of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society, which runs the fair. It looks as if Kennedy might get his wish: Other than a chance of a thunderstorm on Wednesday, the National Weather service is predicting good weather for most of the week.

Butch Hazzard, co-manager of concessions, said people should come to the fair with big appetites.

“This is the first year in a very long time that we have every booth in every building and every vending space on the midway sold,” Hazzard said. “Myself and Co-Concessions Manager Susan Wojturski have gone to numerous fairs this season getting fresh ideas and booking new vendors to give our great Fonda Fair-goers the best possible fair experience.”

Hazzard said the food vendors this year will include Blackbeard’s Southern BBQ from North Carolina, which will bring a smoker/griller that looks like a pirate ship, serving up pulled pork, chicken, baked beans and other barbecue delights.

The “deep-fried craze” will continue this year, with one vendor selling “anything and just about everything deep fried, including popular deep-fried pop-tarts, candy bars, and Oreo cookies,” he said.

Another vendor will feature the Hawaiian hotdog with a mango sauce, and local favorites Grandma Millie’s Bakery and Tony’s Concessions will return with baked goods, blooming onions and more.

Tuesday at the fair will feature a number of alcohol-free events geared toward teens, with the New York State High School Rodeo starting at 1 p.m. and pop singer Anthony Gargiula headlining the evening entertainment.

General admission to the fair will be $10 per person per day. Children 6 to 11 years old will be admitted for $2, and younger children and active military personnel will be admitted free. Parking will cost $2.

The night before the fair opens, Miss and Junior Miss Fonda Fair will be crowned at a pageant starting at 6:30 p.m. at Fonda-Fultonville High School.

Here are a few of the day-to-day highlights at the fair:


Wristbands good for unlimited rides will be sold for $10. Judging begins for agricultural contests, 8 a.m. Painted Pony Professional Rodeo, 7 p.m. in the arena. Demolition derby, 7 p.m. at the grandstand.


Admission will be free for all youths 13 and younger until 5 p.m. Pony, donkey and mule show, 9 a.m. in the arena. Tractor pulls, 10 a.m. at the grandstand. Bicycle giveaway drawing, 5:30 p.m. at the karaoke tent.


“Thrifty Thursday” admission will be $10 per carload. Baby contest starts at 11 a.m. in the entertainment building. National Barrel Horse Association meet starts at 6 p.m. in the arena.


Kiddie tractor pull starts at 1 p.m. on Agricultural Lane. Bicycle drawing at 6 p.m. in the karaoke tent.


Dairy judging contest, 10 a.m. in the AG2000 building. Demolition derby, 1 p.m. in the grandstand. Giant ice cream sundae and cake construction, sponsored by the Farm Bureau, 1 p.m. at the karaoke tent.

Sept. 1

Convoy for Kids Parade, 11 a.m. in the grandstand. Fireworks display, 10 p.m.

Labor Day

Firefighters and military personnel will be admitted free if in uniform or with ID. “Pride of American Agriculture” parade, noon at the grandstand. Fireman’s Field Day Competition, 1 p.m. at the grandstand.

For a complete schedule of events at the Fonda Fair, see