Morgan Frisch/Recorder staff
Natalie Reed, of Broadalbin, and her horse, Lily, before the Horse Costume Classes at the Fonda Fair.
By MORGAN FRISCH
Recorder News Staff
FONDA — It was opening day of the Fonda Fair and dozens of horse lovers and their animals filled the fairground’s Arena sprinkled in glitter, or dressed as cartoon characters and well-known duos.
Participants of the Horse Costume Classes entered the ring at noon.
Fairground director Betty Kilcullen said the event has been going on for many years and people of all ages participate. Kilcullen said it gives people the opportunity to show off their sewing skills or a chance to be creative.
An Oreo with milk, cows jumping over the moon as well as an elf being pulled by a reindeer could be seen in the arena at some point during the event.
Classes in the event included horse, mini and pony. For each class, exhibitors dressed up to match their horse. Together they entered the ring and paraded in circles as Laura Hayner judged their costumes based on creativity, theme and how nice they looked. There were approximately 15 participants.
Ruth-Ann Gunnison, of Meco, stood near the stables with her family before the activities began. Ruth-Ann was dressed as a princess and covered in glitter. Her horse, Black Beauty, was wearing glitter to match.
Ruth-Ann competed in the pony class and placed third. This was her second year competing. She said she has been looking forward to it.
“I like to dress up and we get to play with the horses,” Ruth-Ann said.
Zoe Allen, a five-year-old from Broadalbin, also participated in the pony class. She entered the arena with her horse, Cloud, and ended up taking home the blue ribbon. Zoe was dressed as a leprechaun and Cloud had rainbow streamers attached to her white mane. Zoe’s, mother Jessica Allen, said Cloud’s name gave them the idea for the theme.
“I will do it again next year,” Zoe said.
Jill Greisman, a doctor at the Midvale Veterinary Clinic in Nelliston, competed in the horse class and took the first place ribbon. Her horse Remington was decked out in blanket with a Lucky Charms logo and she had a green jacket and hat to represent Lucky the Leprechaun. This was her first time competing and signed up just to have fun. She thanked Marcy Matis for creating their costumes.
Brother and sister Brayten and Alyvia Sanders, of Oppenheim, were watching in the stands.
“I like how they run around fast,” Brayten said. Alyvia said they like to come to the fair and see the horses dressed up.
Natalie Reed, 11, of Broadalbin, was also in the horse class. She and her horse, Cash’s Final Impulse, were matching in Hawaiian theme. She said it’s fun to come out in the outfits.
Isabelle King, 12, of Gloversville, also competed in the horse class. She and her horse, BMW Dark Angel, came in second place. Angel was dressed as an American flag and Isabelle was Betsy Ross.
“I just think it’s fun to dress up my horse,” she said. “This is what we have been waiting for all year.”