Village of Fonda Recreational & Canal Side Park Improvements Continue

Help Improve the Park

The Village of Fonda continues its work to improve our community park for residents and visitors to enjoy. Much of the work was completed by Village employees and other municipal partners, such as Montgomery County and the Town of Mohawk.

We have come a long way, but much more is needed to improve our Park. Let us know if any individuals or organizations wish to donate materials or your time to these improvements! We have aesthetic touch-ups throughout the Park with landscaping, boat launch improvements, installation of benches, and much more… Email us at info@fondapark.org if you wish to participate.


Images of Park Work

Tuesday, August 29, 2022 – Here are some new images of the Village Park. Having some rain is providing a boost to the grass since taking these images.


Sealing and Striping

August 25, 2022 – During the past week, we have sealed the blacktop surface of the parking lot and began striping the main parking lot at the Park. Crews worked until the late hours lining the parking lot and are scheduled to complete striping in the main parking lot, playground area, and crosswalks to the park this coming weekend.


New Grass Added

August 19, 2022,- Village of Fonda DPW Teamed up with the Town of Mohawk Highway Department and the Montgomery County Soil and Water Department to hydro-seed the park. New grass seed was added around the parking lot, bathrooms, and main field areas.


Bathroom Improvements

August 15, 2022 – Stan Waddle, with the Village DPW’s assistance, completed work to open the men’s and ladies bathrooms. Work continues in the facilities to improve them overall. We have handicap-accessible stalls, sinks, toilets, and urinals ready for use.

After the 4th Celebration 2022

About the Celebration

The “After the 4th Celebration” is an annual celebration of our independence. This event provides activities for both children and adults.
We hope you will come out and enjoy this year’s offerings.
Admission is FREE to the public.
Here are just some of what we have going on this year…

Updates

A beautiful event and weather forecast for todays After the 4th Celebration!

July 7, 2022 Update

First Responder Displays & Demonstrations

First responder demonstrations and informational displays will be on hand at 1:00 PM at the After the 4th Celebration!

Check our schedule for demonstration times.

We have confirmed that the Town of Mohawk Fire District will display fire apparatus – stop in and learn about the critical volunteer work they do in keeping our community safe and learn how to become a volunteer yourself!

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand with their Road Patrol and Correctional K9 Teams for a demonstration and will have equipment on display. 

The New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) will display specialized equipment used in the most critical protection of life. They will explain their equipment and what they do to protect our community.

 

Fireworks Display - 10:00 PM

Sponsored by the Village of Fonda and the Fonda Speedway

Race Car & Driver Meet & Greet

July 2, 2022 Update

Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle Performance After the 4th, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Approval - Beer and Wine Sales

The Village of Fonda’s After the 4th Celebration is approved for beer and wine sales during our 2022 event.

Time

3:00 PM to End – During Musical Performances and Fireworks.

Regulations & Policy

  • Must be 21 years of age or older with a government ID
  • No Outside Alcohol is allowed on the grounds
  • Consumption is restricted to the sale and performance area.
  • NO alcohol within the children’s entertainment area.
  • We reserve the right to refuse sales and service.

Skeeter Creek Concert

Mark your calendars; the annual After the 4th Celebration is coming up on Saturday, July 9th, in the Village of Fonda Recreational & Waterfront Park!

This year we have Skeeter Creek appearing in concert on our stage at 6:00 PM – Skeeter Creek was nominated for 4 awards at the 2005 Northeast Country Music Association awards: Bluegrass band of the Year, Vocal group of the Year, Instrumental band of the Year, and the Sunrise award. They were the winners of the 2004 Colgate Country Showdown in the Albany, New York region, winners of the 2005 and 2006 Froggy 100.7 Country Shootout, and named at the top of the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Metroland Magazine Readers Poll for Country Band of the Year, and 2013, 2014,2015 Cover Band of the Year (all genres). They have also won the North Country Music Awards in 2014-2015 for Entertainers of the Year, Band of the Year, Male Vocalist (Dave Ahl), Female Vocalist (Renee Lussier-Ahl), and Musician of the Year (Dominic Paratore). Skeeter Creek has won the Times Union Reader’s Poll in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 and the Daily Gazette’s Best Local Band for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Adopt a Pet @ the After the 4th Celebration

Ayers Memorial Animal Shelter will be on hand with pets who wish to adopt a new family – maybe they can be part of yours?

Stop by and say hello to the Ayers’ Volunteers who are happy to answer your questions and introduce you!

Can’t Wait Until the Celebration? Visit the Ayers Website Here for an Adoption Form

New This Year - Beer & Wine

Permit Approved - Updated July 2, 2022

This year we will have beer and wine available for your enjoyment during the concert.

Sales of alcoholic beverages will be available during the event for adults 21 years of age or older in the adult-only sale area. 

 

Proceeds will benefit the Village Park and our events!

The event will not serve liquor.

No outside alcohol is allowed on Park Grounds or in other Public areas surrounding the park.

We encourage you to drink responsibly and not drink and drive.

Annual Car Show

We will have our annual Car Show. You may enter your ride in the show or come out and see some of the fantastic vehicles from today and time past.

These vehicle owners have provided some inspiring concepts and original styles of vehicles.

You can help us make the difficult decision of selecting the best for each class by casting your vote at the show!

Class Divisions

  • Classic Car or Truck
  • Stock Motorcycle
  • Contemporary Car or Truck
  • Custom Motorcycle

Prize Categories

We award two prizes for each judging class for cars and motorcycles, with a grand prize for Best of Show given to one car entry and one motorcycle entry.

  • Stock Motorcycle
  • Custom Motorcycle
  • People’s Choice Motorcycle
  • Best of Show Motorcycle
  • Classic Car or Truck
  • Contemporary Car or Truck
  • People’s Choice Car or Truck
  • Best of Show Car or Truck

Special Appearance

$400,000 Ferrari Land Racer!

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Displays & Presentations

We will have our first responders and other organizations of interest on hand to show and talk about the services and assistance they provide our community.

Come to the park and check out our law enforcement and emergency service demonstrations on hand.

Horse & Pony Rides - Petting Zoo

Food and Treats

We will have food vendors on hand with some of your favorites.

The Village Park will have sausage sandwiches, hotdogs, beverages, and Stewart’s ice cream available for donation.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We cannot do this unassisted and ask anyone wishing to support this event to please complete the Donation Form here.
If you own a business or wish to make a private donation, it will be greatly appreciated.
All donations pay for our event, and any remaining proceeds are put to good use to improve our park.

Partner with the Park as a Vendor

If you are a food, product, or service vendor, come and partner with us at the After the 4th Celebration!

We also are looking for non-profit organizations that wish to participate in our celebration. If you are a non-profit organization that wishes to get your information out to the community, come and join us!

Fall Events Coming in October

Fall is here, and we are looking forward to the upcoming events in the Park!

BBQ Fundraiser
October 19th – Chicken BBQ – Fonda-Fultonville United Methodist Church

Music and Food
October 30th – Fall Concert 1:00 to 4:00 PM, St. Cecilia’s Parish in the Park

Halloween Activities
October 30th, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Trick or Treat (Village Wide)
October 30th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Trunk or Treat in the Park

Rummage Sale

October 8th and 9th Rummage Sale at the St. Cecilia’s Parish

If you wish to participate in any event as a sponsor or supporter – including volunteering, please get in touch with the Organizer directly.

We want everyone to come out and enjoy all of the events offered in the Park and ask that everyone be socially responsible in protecting themselves and others from colds, flu and yes, COVID-19 – please common-sense precautions.

If you wish to organize an event or rent our facilities contact us at info@fondapark.org or villageclerk@villageoffonda.ny.gov