Montgomery County Agriculture Society Fonda Fair celebrated its 175th anniversary with this year’s event.
“Fonda Fair has increased it agricultural focus,” said Elma Phillips, of Dellavale Farm, where four generations have been dairying. “Some people are going into the niche markets with smaller animals; goats, sheep, pigs, and showing in those events.”
Phillips, who has seen many changes take place in the fair’s lineup over the years, noted that the 2016, 175th Fonda Fair saw a full building of 4-Hers in the Ag 2000 building.
She reported 68 sheep, 86 dairy goats, 17 meat goats, 19 pigs, two alpacas and numerous rabbits, geese and poultry were displayed and shown.
But, the dairy cows still draw the most attention, as attested to by Jessica Kohout, who brought her sons, 5 year-old James and 3 year-old Peter to see the cows up close for the first time. “They’ve never seen a cow this close before,” said Kohout. “Never out of the field.”
This year’s Supreme Champion was Holstein ‘Aspiration Lexi’ (EX 90) owned by Debra Quackenbush of Aspiration Holsteins, Palatine Bridge, NY.
Quackenbush said the cows are judged on conformation, breed character and mammary system.
“I am really proud!” Quackenbush remarked on her win.
Fonda Fair president Richard Kennedy commented that the fair went extremely well this year. “We had great weather and good attendance.” Kennedy compared the fair to farming in that each depends on good weather. “We’re an agricultural fair. How well the fair does depends on the weather, just like the farm depends on the weather.”
Kennedy credits volunteers for the success of the fair.
“It’s a team effort and we really appreciate everybody involved and the hundreds and hundreds of volunteers that make this whole thing happen.”