Let’s Eat at the 2015 Erie County Fair

July 15th, 2015

_A7U0481Again and again fairgoers rank food the number one reason why they attend the Erie County Fair. Whether folks come for a traditional chicken BBQ or to try the latest deep fried concoction the 2015 Erie County Fair has over 500 menu items to satisfy any appetite.

Each year many of the 100+ food vendors attempt to push the envelope of what will be deep fried, on a stick, or combined to make unique summer treats and for the first time ever the Fair will be celebrating these efforts in an all new contest- the New Foods Showdown! Narrowed down to just ten competitors with the most unique new food offerings, fairgoers will have the oppornew_food_showdown.pngtunity   to vote on their favorite new food via the Fairgrounds mobile app. Voting for this contest will open on August 12, when fairgoers can begin to make the rounds trying the new foods, and close on August 18. The winner of this competition will be announced on August 20.  All the competitors can be found here. 

taste_of_the_fair.pngSpeaking of August 20…another great day to eat at the Fair. The Taste of the Fair will return for one day only. This successful event returns in its second year allowing fairgoers the opportunity to eat “taste-sized” portions of over 100 foods throughout the grounds. Tastes of select menu items will be just $2.00. Fairgoers may find their new favorite Fair food as they work their way through the menu.  Speaking of menu- if you would like a sneak peek of the what will be offered this year print out your Taste of the Fair Guide. 

Fairogers who wish to save money on some of their Fair food favorites can pick up a copy of Food Coupons at an information booth (while s
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While eating food is certainly great- giving food is even better. Once again the Erie County Fair will team up with the Food Bank of WNY to collect canned food donations. Donations brought to the gate on Wednesday, August 12 can be redeemed for FREE admission to the Fair that day.  The Food Bank of WNY served over 100,000 people each and every month right here in our community!

 

Farm 2 Table Educates More than 16,000

June 19th, 2015

Like most success stories, Farm 2 Table had very humble beginnings. It was an experiment to start. Invite kids  to the The Fairgrounds invited students for a half day field trip that groupwould provide hands on activities that taught about agriculture. The field trip was (and continues to be)  free to schools, including a subsidy for busing. The schedule quickly filled with classes and before anyone knew kids were running through the grounds petting pigs, planting vegetables, measuring horses, and sampling maple syrup. While the days were chilly, and the barns were just that-barns it was quickly apparent that something great was happening!

Kids, many for the first time, were able to come face to face logo-colorwith livestock and receive an age-appropriate understanding of how food and other products start on the farm. Program organizers knew they were on the right track when kids stared in wonder when told chocolate milk did not in fact come from brown cows or when heated debates broke out discussing whether a tomato is a fruit or vegetable!

Those first two weeks were trying but rewarding. 650 students came through and there were plenty of wrinkles to iron out- but the guts were good and the heart of the program was in the right place. So it moved forward growing continually for the next three school years.

At the end of the 2013 Erie County Fair the barns that previously held the Farm 2 Table program were torn down to make way for what would become the largest construction project on the Fairgrounds to date. This meant Farm 2 Table was a bit displaced- but not cancelled. Farm 2 Table 2 Go was born and traveled throughout WNY to classrooms directly. Kids would have a hands-on activity and presentation right at their desk. As the miles rolled on the program saw 6,700 kids that school year.

August 1, 2014 marked the Grand Opening of the Agriculture Discovery Center. The 60,000 square foot building was set to become Farm 2 Table’s new home. With a permanent indoor facility, the program was able to expand. Farm 2 Table was held just two weeks twice a year during those initial years (and even then it was a bit chilly some days). Now with the ADC, the program had the ability to run October-June for the first two weeks of each month. This allowed for 68 days of learning and welcomed 6,500 kids through the doors over the 2014-2015 school year.3

The lessons each month varied from  November’s Thanksgiving on the Farm, to celebrating spring with plants, and capping off the year with National Dairy Month in June. Kids had the opportunity to get up close to livestock, make crafts, sample produce, and so much more!

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Sessions began at 10:00am. Each day had three grade appropriate sessions that involved a presentation followed by a hands-on activity. The day finished with a bagged lunch brought from home. Kids leave Farm 2 Table with a bag full of the activities they completed that day as well as a ticket to visit the Erie County Fair with a parent to continue their agriculture education.

In just 5 years Farm 2 Table (and Farm 2 Table 2 Go) has educated 16,959 students! Sessions, which are still free for schools to participate in, are now being offered to grades K-5. Spaces are already limited for the 2015-2016 school year, but teachers who wish to enroll their class may do so here.

Over the years Farm 2 Table has been proudly produced by the Erie County Agricultural Society, but none of it would be possible without the incredible volunteers. Over the past year 32 volunteers logged more than 1,700 hours. These folks have become as much a part of the program as the name itself and the Fairgrounds is lucky to have such a dedicated core of people who have made Farm 2 Table a true success!

The commitment to agriculture continues this summer with the Grand Opening of Little Hands on the Farm.  This interactive kid-sized farm will give children the opportunity to participate in a variety of “chores” and activities that will teach them about the different facets of farms. At the end of the experience kids will sell their farm products and be able to purchase themselves a snack as payment for all their hard work. While the project will debut at the Fair, Little Hands on the Farm will welcome visiting schools and day cares throughout the year (weather permitting).

 

Exclusive Fair Discounts Available at Tops Friendly Markets

June 5th, 2015

TOPS_Friendly_Markets_cmykThrifty fans of the Fair will be able to take advantage of savings on gate admission and Strates Shows Midway ride vouchers. Beginning Saturday, June 6 and ending Tuesday, August 11, area Tops Friendly Markets will offer advanced sale gate admission vouchers and weekday one price ride day wristband vouchers. Tops Friendly Markets will be the only retail outlet to offer these discounts in advance of the 2015 Erie County Fair, August 12th -23rd.

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Tops will offer adult and senior advance sale admission vouchers. Adults will pay $7 and seniors (60+) will pay $5 for admission to the Fair. The vouchers can be redeemed at any gate, any day and at any time of the 2015 Erie County Fair.  Regular price admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (60+).

Strates Shows and Tops Friendly Markets will be offering an advance sale Weekday One Price Ride Day wristband voucher. Fairgoers

who are planning on attending the Fair on a weekday (Monday-Friday) can purchase their One Price Ride Day Voucher for the discount price of $25. These vouchers can be redeemed on the midway any weekday (Monday-Friday) for one ride all day wristband.  Regular priced weekday wristbands are $30.

Fairgoers looking to take advantage of these discounts can request them from their cashier at checkout.

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Motor Events Announced- Tickets On Sale Tomorrow!

June 5th, 2015

As per tradition the last four nights of the Erie County Fair are reserved for crashing, pulling, revving, and all around destruction, and 2015 proves to be no different. Motor events will take place inside the GUSTO Grandstand. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 6 at 10:00am.

The 2015 Motor Event lineup is as follows

August 20. Ultimate Night of Destruction. This exciting event features a double figure 8 race, as well as bus, compact car and SUV demolition derby events. Time: 7:00pm Tickets: $16 General Admission, kids 12 and under FREE, with paid adult

August 21 and 22. Lucas Oil Truck and Tractor Pull ft. WNY Pro Pullers (presented by General Tire). Two pulls, two days; the Truck and Tractor Pull will feature six classes of high powered trucks and tractors pulling for the title and cash prizes. Both events will have local pullers. Time: 6:00pm (both shows) Tickets: $20 pit passes, $16 infield, $12 grandstand*, *kids 12 and under FREE, with paid adult

August 23. World’s Largest Demolition Derby. The day will host both an afternoon and evening derby involving more than 100 cars. Drivers come from WNY and beyond to compete to win prizes for both the longest lasting car and the best looking car. At both shows this year, there will also be an all new Modified Team Derby. Time: 1:00pm and 6:00pm Tickets: $20

Tickets may be purchased online through ecfair.org, in person at the Event Center Box Office on the Fairgrounds, or over the phone by calling 1-888-223-6000.

For more information regarding the shows and grandstand policy visit www.ecfair.org. Grandstand event tickets purchased prior to the day of the event, grant the ticket holder FREE admission on the day of the show.

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Concert Announcement: THE SPINNERS

May 9th, 2015

 

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The Erie County Fair has announced The Spinners have been added to the 2015 Grandstand Lineup as a FREE concert, with gate admission. This is the first FREE concert announcement for the 2015 Fair, and the fourth concert to be added to the National Grid Concert Series. The band will be taking the stage August 19, 2015 at the GUSTO Grandstand with a show beginning at 7:30pm.

The Spinners have been dubbed “ambassadors of soul” as an R&B/Soul group with its roots in Detroit. The group formed and found success in the 70s, where they were eventually signed by Motown Records. Though the group has not created music since 1983, they continue to receive radio airplay, as the music has been described as “timeless” and as having “universal appeal.”

Through their nearly fifty years active, The Spinners, have recorded nineteen studio albums, five of which broke the Top Five on R&B charts in the US. Hits have included “Rubberband Man,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” and “Working My Way Back to You/ Forgive Me Girl.”

Homebrew Competition Winners Announced!

April 30th, 2015

An American Pale Ale brewed by North Tonawanda’s John Crossett and Brian Millville from Niagara Falls beat out the competition to win “Best In Show” in the Erie County Fair’s 2015 Home Brew Competition. The competition, only in its second year, drew 112 homebrew entries. Entries were evaluated by 16 professional beer judges on April 24th and 25th at the Fairgrounds.

“A well-made American pale ale without any major flaws, very drinkable,” cited one of the judges. “The beer features a toasty and slightly caramel malt backbone accompanied by moderate hop bitterness.”

OIMG_4911nce crowned “Best In Show,” the winner submitted the beer’s recipe to the professional brew master at Flying Bison Brewery.  Flying Bison will analyze the winning recipe to ensure that it is commercially and legally producible. In addition, an attempt will be made to brew the winning beer with all New York State sourced products. Kegged product will be offered by Try-It Distributing to Western New York establishments for public purchase prior to the Fair. During the Erie County Fair on premise locations will feature the award winning beer.

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“This is an exciting opportunity for both local home brewers and for our craft brewery,” said Dennis Brinkworth, Market Development Manager for Flying Bison. “We share in the passion generated by the home brewing community for quality and unique tasting brews. Our partnership with the Erie County Agricultural Society is another way we can celebrate home grown talent.”

The judging of home brewed beer is just one of the competitions held annually by the Erie County Fair. In 2015, over 12,000 entries are expected to be received and judged by the Fair’s Competitive Exhibits Office. The wide range of ribbon winning categories include agriculture, conservation and creative arts among others.

April 28th, 2015

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The Fairgrounds Agriculture Education Team has worked for the past five years on a children’s Farm 2 Table program. These programs are geared towards children in grades K-5 and focus on exlporing the role agriculutre plays in our lives.  Steaming from the success of this program the Team has developed Adult Ag-ucation. Designed in the same spirit of Farm 2 Table, Adult Ag-ucation will explore agriculture topics in an innovative and hands on way.

Classes will take place in the state-of-the-art Agriculture Discovery Center. This 60,000 square foot facility on the Fairgrounds opened in 2014. The building features interactive exhibits as well as stalling facilities for livestock shows. The Farm Focus room is a classroom like setting that will provide the back-drop for Adult Ag-ucation classes.

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When: June 22 & 24

Time: 7:00pm- 8:30pm

Where: Agriculture Discovery Center

Cost: $25.00

What:

With a rich history of over 3,000 years, chocolate continues to fascinate and delight people around the world. After a brief history lesson, we’ll follow the process from bean to bar and learn what makes chocolate a true delight. Learn how to taste chocolate and enjoy all its nuances. We’ll pair chocolates with wines, taste unusual gourmet chocolates from around the world, and sample various recipes made with chocolate. Please bring a small container such as a cookie tin to take home uneaten samples.

*minimum of 15 people and maximum of 25.

Restricted to guests 21 and older

All Guests Must Be Registered by June 7

flowers

When: June 29 & July 1

Time: 7:00pm- 8:30pm

Where: Agriculture Discovery Center

Cost: $5.00

What:

Learn how to prepare your flowers for the Fair! Work with horticulture judge, Chris Hartman, on the correct way to cut and display your flowers. Chris will cover all of the important details for any level entries. She will go over stem length in proportion to flower bloom, flower details, judge specifications, rules and regulations, and so much more. Don’t miss out on this colorful class!

*Minimum 10 people and maximum 25.

 Restricted to guests 18 and older

 

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When: July 6 & 8

Time: 7:00pm- 8:30pm

Where: Agriculture Discovery Center

Cost: $5.00

What:

Do you have a small vegetable garden or field full of vegetables and always wanted to enter them in the Fair? Then this is the class for you! Jim Agle from Agle’s Farm Market in Eden will be using different vegetables fresh out of the field to show attendees how to get your vegetables ready for the Fair. Jim will show how to cut, clean, and layout a variety of vegetables. He will also educate the class on what to look for when picking your vegetables, the best way to display each type, judging specifications, and rules and regulations.

*Minimum 10 people and maximum 25.

Restricted to guests 18 and older

     

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When: July 14 & 16

Time: 7:00pm- 8:30pm

Where: Agriculture Discovery Center

Cost: $15.00

What:

Have you ever wanted to can your fresh fruits and vegetables, but didn’t know where to start? Well now is your chance. Learn and can either a Berry Jam or Salsa recipe with a lifelong canning instructor and culinary graduate. Christine Basile and Christy Basile will go through the necessary steps and details of what goes into canning. You will be able to take home your product, the recipe, and your new canning knowledge! 

*Minimum of 5 people and maximum of 10

Restricted to guests 18 and older

 

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Tickets on Sale Now!

April 24th, 2015

Today is the day- Erie County Fair Concert Tickets are on sale right now! 

Throughout the past weeks the Fair has been announcing the exciting acts that will be taking the Gusto Grandstand Stage as part of the National Grid Concert Series and after some time waiting, fans are finally able to get their hands on tickets for the shows.

Starting today you can get tickets to the following shows:

August 12- 3 Doors Down with Collective Soul

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August 13- Meghan Trainor with special guests Life of Dillon and Charlie Puth

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August 16- Little Big Town with special guests David Nail and Ashley Monroe

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August 17- ALABAMA

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Tickets for each show are $60 for Blue Ribbon Track and $45 for General Admission Grandstand and tickets purchased in advance include admission to the Fair on the day of the event.

There are three ways to get your tickets:

1. In Person– at the Event Center Box Office here on the Fairgrounds. Box Office hours are 9:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday

2. Online– through tickets.com

3. Over the phone– call 1-888-223-6000 and have your payment information ready!

If you have questions about the Fair, concerts, or purchasing tickets- please, give us a call at 716-649-3900.

Don’t forget to use #ItsOurFair when you talk about us socially!- Thanks!

Concert Announcement: 3 DOORS DOWN

April 20th, 2015

3DD-2014-Promo-ShotThe Erie County Fair is excited to welcome 3 Doors Down with Collective Soul to the GUSTO Grandstand. These two rock bands will take the stage as part of the National Grid Concert Series on Opening Day of the 2015 Fair, Wednesday, August 12. The show will begin at 8:00pm.

Despite forming in 1995, 3 Doors Down didn’t hit the airwaves until the 2000 album release of The Better Life. The album, which launched the band’s career turned out the smash hit “Kryptonite” and is now certified six times platinum. Two years later 3 Doors Down found success again upon the release of Away from the Sun with the hits “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.”

Through the years 3 Doors Down has released five studio albums, all of which hit the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. The band has sold 16 million albums 3DD_BlockLogoworldwide and is currently working on their sixth, with hopes to add to that total. At the end of the decade 3 Doors Down was named #30 on Billboard’s Artists of the Decade (Best of the 2000s).

Collective Soul came out of Georgia in 1993. Shortly after forming the band was signed to Atlantic Records and turned out their first studio album Hits Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. “Shine” was the debut single from the record and it propelled Collective Soul to, what is going on three decades of, success.

The band’s second album was self-titled and became the most successful album the group produced to date. Debuting in 1995, Collective Soul featured hits “December,” “Where the River Flows,” and “The World I Know.”  The album itself remained on the Billboard 200 for seventy-six consecutive weeks.

Collective Soul is currently working on their sixth studio album See What You Started by Continuing, which will be released sometime this year.

Tickets for this show as well as the Meghan Trainor, Little Big Town, and ALABAMA concerts will go on sale on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:00am.  

Tickets for these shows will be $60.00 for Blue Ribbon Track Tickets and $45.00 for General Admission Grandstand Tickets. Grandstand tickets purchased in advance include free admission to the Fair on the day of the show.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Fairgrounds Event Center, online through www.ecfair.org or www.tickets.com, phone orders can be made at 1-888-223-6000.

Questions regarding concerts, tickets, seating, and policy can be directed to the Erie County Fair Offices at (716) 649-3900.

Erie County Fair Concert Tickets On Sale April 24

April 16th, 2015

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The Erie County Fair has announced four concerts as part of the National Grid Concert Series. One of these concerts is free, but there are two more free shows to still be announced. There is another headline concert to be announced on Monday April 20, 2015. The lineup to date has artists ranging from traditional country to Top 40, and offers something for everyone.

As excitement for these shows builds, the Erie County Fair announces that tickets to Meghan Trainor, Little Big Town, and ALABAMA will go on sale to the public on Friday, April 24 at 10:00am  EST. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Fairgrounds Event Center Box Office, online via www.ecfair.org or www.tickets.com, or over the phone at 1-888-223-6000.

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Blue Ribbon Track Reserved tickets are $60.00 and General Admission Grandstand tickets are $45.00 for each show. Tickets purchased prior to the date of the show grant the ticketholder FREE admission to the Fair on the day of the show.

The GUSTO Grandstand lineup to date is as follows: Alabama-photo-hi-res

  • August 13- Meghan Trainor- 7:30pm
  • August 15- Night Ranger (FREE)- 7:30pm
  • August 16- Little Big Town with special guests David Nail and Ashley Monroe– 7:30pm
  • August 17- ALABAMA- 8:00pm

Questions regarding concerts and ticketing can be directed to the Erie County Fair Main Office at (716) 649-3900.