Archive for March, 2010

How about planting a garden?

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Spring has sprung!  Now’s the time to start thinking about your summer garden!  While the average last frost date for WNY is still a few weeks away (all of Erie County should be in the clear after May 10), you can definitely start starting your seeds indoors in the next couple of weeks. 

Are you new to gardening?  You wouldn’t believe it, but planting enough veggies for your family this summer isn’t that hard!  Here’s a few easy to grow veggies that do well in all kinds of spaces, both large and small: tomatoes, lettuces, beans, peas, peppers, spinach, and summer/zucchini squash.  Having a homegrown garden is rewarding, money saving, fun, and best of all, it can win you cash prizes!  Every year during the fair backyard gardeners can enter the Erie County Fair’s Plant Science competitions and earn that coveted blue ribbon.  Information can be found at   So get growing Western New York!

Find out more information here at the Cornell Cooperative Extension website..

Fair Camp applications being accepted…

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Have you ever wondered what it is like to sleep in the barns at the Erie County Fair, or to take care of those precious animals that stay right there too?  What about riding in the parade or seeing just how cotton candy and taffy is made?  Well, now here’s your chance!

The Erie County Fair is inviting all 8, 9, and 10 year olds to fill out an application for the chance to be one of the “campers” chosen in the second (2) year of Fair Camp.  Campers (& their same sex parent or guardian) will sleep in the barns, help take care of the Ag-Sperience animals, have the opportunity to show a calf, learn more about that yummy fair food, and even ride in the parade.  Campers & their guardians will come away from the ultimate Fair Camp experience with a greater knowledge of agriculture and livestock, not to mention and inside view of the great Erie County Fair, through hands-on activities under the supervision of qualified staff (camp counselors).

The Erie County Fair will choose lucky participants to camp on the Fairgrounds for 2 nights and participate in actual farm “chores” of all types, for FREE!! For 2010, campers can choose between August 13, 14, 15 or August 20, 21, 22.

For more information call Jessica Underberg, 716-649-3900 ext. 407 or email