The 2017 New York State Fair wrapped up on Labor Day and this year’s edition was all about rejuvenation for the Six Nations Agricultural Society Indian Village.

The renovated Turtle Mound was a wonderful sight to see – visitors were amazed at the transformation. With new landscaping, signage and an updated stage for Native dancers, the Indian Village was a highlight for all fair-goers.

“It went real well,” new Assistant Superintendent and Oneida Nation Member Heath Hill said, “Everyone loved the new Turtle Mound.”

Brooke Thomas (Wolf Clan) and Teyekahli:yos Edwards (Wolf Clan) showcased their dancing skills on the new stage, taking 1st and 3rd place respectively in the Women’s Smoke Dance competition. From agriculture and dancing to beading and basket-weaving, Members displayed their talents and took several winning ribbons.

Below is an unofficial list of the Oneida winners at the Fair: ( full list of all the winners can be found here )


10 pods, string beans, any color

Cavan Jacobs (Wolf Clan) – 1st

Carl Jacobs (Wolf Clan) – 2nd


Five green tomatoes

Tammy Patterson (Wolf Clan) – 1st




Lisa Latocha (Wolf Clan) – 1st


Indian ribbon shirt

Celeste Gardner (Wolf Clan) – 2nd


Shopping basket with sweet grass trim

McKenzie Williams (Turtle Clan) – 1st



Christine Patterson (Wolf Clan) – 1st


Collection of baskets (old time)

Sheri Beglen (Wolf Clan) – 3rd


Beaded cushion

Doris Wilkins-Wilt (Wolf Clan) – 2nd


Piece quilt, cotton

Geraldine Feeley (Wolf Clan) – 1st


Best exhibit

Chip Isaacs (Turtle Clan) – 1st and 2nd

– Antler carvings

Elwood Webster (Wolf Clan) – 3rd

– “We Walk Side by Side” carving

Check out some photos of the Oneida entries and activities at the Fair below. (Photos by Alex Hamer)