Following A Successful Return Last Year, Excitement & Expectations Are High For Youth Day
FONDA - Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort is proud to announce that Youth Day 2016 is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12. Youth Day will be held on the grounds, adjacent to the County Annex Building, in Fonda, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The day is sponsored by Montgomery County, Montgomery County STOP-DWI, the Village of Fonda, Children's Aid Association, Wal-Mart, NBT Bank, CSEA, Arkell Foundation and St. Mary's Hospital.
In 2015, Youth Day made a successful return thanks to support from Ossenfort and the County Legislature and the hard work of the Youth Bureau and Executive Director Brenda Rava. Last year, there was a strong showing of an estimated 1,000 children, including groups from various local camps and agencies.
"It was great to see Youth Day return last year," Ossenfort said. "This is an exciting event where children from across the county can enjoy the entertainment and interesting exhibits that will be on hand. It is wonderful to see the county host this type of event, with different county departments contributing and so many of our county employees volunteering to make this a worthwhile experience for these kids."
Youth Day is open to all youth under the age of 18. All participants must be registered and have signed documentation from a parent/guardian, in order to obtain a wristband and be accompanied by a chaperone or camp counselor.
This year, entertainment will include a Goliath Obstacle Course, an Inflatable Jousting Competition, a Bounce House, a Dairy Exhibit, a Karaoke Competition and a visit from Mojo and players from the Amsterdam Mohawks. Demonstrations will be set up by the Amsterdam Police Department K-9, Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps, LifeNet Helicopter, the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department with its Smoke House and a Jaws of Life extrication from the Fort Plain Volunteer Fire Department. Lunch will be served in the middle of the day.
"Youth Day is a lot of work, but it is all worth it to provide the area's children with a fun-filled day of entertainment," Rava said. "Celebrating the youth of our county is important and that's what makes this day special."
The Youth Department is actively looking for volunteers to help out in set up and throughout the day of events. If you are interested, have questions or are looking for more information on the event, please call (518) 853-4355. A Rain Date has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 13.