It is with sad regret that the Franklin County Fair observes the passing of Renee Durant, who left this world too soon on December 1st at age 70.

Renee devoted her life to her family, her farm, and her community. She and her late husband Jim loved the fair. Their Dur-Crest Holsteins were exhibited by Jim, Renee, and their four children at our fair for 35 years. Renee was a 4-H leader for 40 years and served as the committee chairperson for the Franklin County Dairy Princess Program for many years. In addition, Renee was the founder and director of the Bombay Food Pantry, and served as the cafeteria manager for the Salmon River Central School for 30 years.

After Jim and Renee sold their cows, their fair involvement did not end. Renee and her daughters Trudy and Heather owned and operated the Farmers Kitchen food trailer, located between the fair cattle barn and the commercial building, for the past 18 years. It is the fair's hope that the next generation of Durants continue with their popular eatery.

Thank you Renee for your lifelong dedication to the Franklin County Fair for well over 60 years.

Donations in Renee's memory can be made to the Bombay Food Pantry, in care of her son James F Durant, at 135 River Road, Bombay, NY 12914.

Larry the Cable Guy Coming to 2019 Franklin County Fair

Larry the Cable Guy is a multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country.  Larry has won Billboard’s 2005 Comedy Artist of the year and Comedy Album of the year and he received the Billboard Top Comedy Tour Award in 2006.  He is a bestselling author and his book Git-R-Done debuted at # 26 on the New York Times bestseller list. Larry was named to Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012. This lists the hottest and most successful people in the entertainment industry.  Larry’s road to stardom included the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which grossed more than 15 million dollars. The ensemble cast of comedians included Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall. The tour’s success led toBlue Collar Comedy Tour, The Movie, which premiered on Comedy Central in November of 2003 and at the time, was the highest rated movie in the channel’s history. The sequel Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again, has sold more than 3 million units. In March of 2006, the Blue Collar boys reunited to shoot Blue Collar Comedy Tour, One For The Road in Washington, DC at the Warner Theater. The soundtrack was nominated for a 2006 Grammy award.  Larry starred in the movie Jingle all the Way 2,  A Madea ChristmasTooth Fairy 2, Witless Protection, Delta Farce and his first feature Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector.  Larry is the voice of the beloved Mater in the Golden Globe winning animated feature film Cars(2006) and Cars 2 (2011) from Disney/Pixar.



The Franklin County Fair Board of Directors lost one of its longest serving board members on Monday October 29th with the passing of Andrew (Andy) Allen. Andy served on the Fair Board since 1985. He served as Fair Board President in 1990 and 1991 and was building and grounds superintendent from 2009 to 2016. Andy was a no nonsense and dedicated director and always took the best interests of the Fair to heart. In addition, Andy was a 52 year member of the Malone Callfiremen. He will be greatly missed by his three daughters, nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and his many Fair Board members and friends he made at the Malone Fairgrounds and in the Malone Community.