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Ryan Yandell, of Gloversville, pets a cow Wednesday during opening day of the Fonda Fair.


Recorder News Staff

FONDA — Skies were blue, rides were whirling and the smell of deep fried Oreos filled the air during the kick-off of what some consider an end of summer celebration.

The 176th Fonda Fair began Wednesday at 8 a.m. with the judging of the Fruits and Vegetables Department. The fair will continue through Monday.

Cody Korona, of Broadalbin, was found sitting between his cows Simone and Gemini. His family was at the fair showing their 14 cows. He is in the 4-H program.

“I come every year,” he said. “I like to show our cows and being here with my family.”

The 4-H Dairy Showmanship Classes were at 9 a.m., followed by 4-H Dairy Breed.

Alicia and Ryan Yandell, of Gloversville, were also in the cow barn. Ryan was reaching out and trying to pet the black, white or brown animals resting in hay. Alicia Yandell said they come every year for the tractor pulls because her son loves them. The Out of Field Tractor Pull was scheduled for 10 a.m.

Mimi and Larry Scranton, from Scotia, walked through the grounds holding hands. Larry Scranton stood nearby while his wife looked at dresses for sale. There were vendors selling hats, purses and jewelry.

Mimi Scranton said the first reason for attending was because Wednesday is Senior’s Day. All seniors got into the fair at a reduced price. They also came because an Elvis impersonator was performing. Mimi Scranton said they’re friends with the performer, Billy McGrath.

“He’s our friend and we try to see him perform,” she said.

Other opening day activities included  4-H Rabbit Judging, and poultry and sheep shows. There was a bicycle drawing and a Livestock Obstacle Course. Attendees played games and could win inflatable prizes like a guitar, baseball bat or emoji.

There was a cartoonist, and chances to view art exhibits, eat fried-dough or drink lemonade.

Rides in the midway started up around 1 p.m. Children sprinted to the Surf’s Up Slide, Wiggle Worm, Super Loop and Tilt-A-Whirl. Crowds increased during the afternoon hours.

Benny Cole, 2, from Johnstown, had a huge smile as he rode a colorful train ride. His mother, Tanya Naple, also of Johnstown, said this was his first time coming to the fair. Naple said she’s had not attended in a few years, but decided to come today because her mother wanted to see Elvis.

Cassie Paun, of Johnstown, stood near the fence of motorcycle ride her son was on.

Adrian Paun, 7, sat on a blue motorcycle that sparkled when the sun hit it.

“We come every year to the fair,” Paun said. “It’s the last thing before back to school.”