Archive for July, 2011

Big Kahuna: A burger made out of WHAT?

Friday, July 29th, 2011

big-kahuna-donut-burger.jpgThe Fair is famous for its food. From the classic fried dough to the wild and crazy there is something for everyone!

New at this year’s Fair is the Big Kahuna Burger and you will never believe what it is made of….

The contents of the burger are average lettuce, tomato, cheese, bacon on a hamburger, however, the bun is replaced by glazed donuts!

That’s right glazed donuts will be holding your sandwich together as you munch on it while walking through the Fair.

 If you love trying the newest most unique foods on the Fairgrounds, you will not want to miss this!

 Check out the Big Kahuna Burger on 42nd Street across from the Expo Hall.

Celebrating Another Fair with the James E. Strates Midway

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

ferris-wheel1.jpgEvery Erie County Fairgoer knows the iconic Ferris Wheel that stands greeting guests in the morning and illuminating the night sky as they head home for the night, but not many know the story behind this Fairgrounds monument.  The Ferris Wheel is one of over 70 rides, shows and attractions that make up the James E. Strates Midway.  

James E. Strates began his travelling carnival business in 1923. He ran the operation until his death when he passed it to his son. The company continues to be family owned and operated in the manor Mr. Strates intended it to be for almost 90 years.

  The Midway travels from city to city via railroad. It is the only railroad carnival in the United States. Fairgoers look forward to the day the Strates train pulls into Erie County and the mayhem begins. Strates workers are capable of unloading and reloading the train in around 18 hours. 

 The 61 car train travels 6,500 miles each and every season and the tour stops at around 16 cities.  

The James E. Strates Midway is constantly changing with new technology and innovations.   For 2011 they will be introducing four exciting new rides as well as a new system for paying for rides!  

New Rides This Year!  One of the new rides is the Happy Swing. It gives the playground favorite an upgrade that makes it fun for kids and adults like. Climb on board what appears to be an ordinary porch swing but turns out to be anything but. The Windjammer Slide, standing 22 feet tall, will also be added to the Strates inflatable lineup.  The Ali Baba will take fairgoers on a thrilling magic carpet ride. And finally, the Sky Flyer will lift riders 50 feet in the air in a swirling, twirling vertical swing ride. These are not your average flying swings. 

New Strates Shows Fun Card! strates-shows-fun-card.jpgAlso, this year Strates is introducing the new Strates Fun Card. It is a more convenient way to pay for your rides. Just purchase one card for the whole family by turning dollars into credits. Then as you board the ride the operator will simply swipe your card and you are on your way to fun. No more fumbling around and counting tickets!

 Purchase your Fun Card by August 8th online and receive 30 credits for just $20. Starting August 9, credits are 1 credit for $1 or 40 credits for $30 and they can be purchased at any of the Strates ticket booths.  . Credits can be redeemed everyday of the Fair but do expire at closing on August 21st. Fun Cards are redeemable on RIDES only.  

Tops One Price Ride Days!  They are back! Tops Friendly Markets One Price Ride Days! This year every weekday is a One Price Ride Day. Just bring your original Tops receipt to the Ticket Booth on the top of the Avenue of Flags and receive an all day ride pass for just $20. That is a $5 savings! Each rider needs their own original Tops receipt to receive the discount. 

The Midway is one of the most iconic parts of the Erie County Fair. All your favorites are here from classic rides to crazy sideshows and countless games. Make sure you save time in your busy day at the Erie County Fair to enjoy the James E. Strates Midway.

All New Mobile App Released

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The Erie County Fair has gone mobile with one of the first mobile phone applications for fairs in the United States.  A beloved tradition for over one million people each year, Fair guests will now be able to use their iPhone or Android smartphone to get the latest information on exhibitors, events, and all the excitement at the Fair, Hamburg Casino, The Event Center, Showplex and Buffalo Raceway.  Download the free app today for your iPhone at or your android at


Here are some of the many fun and useful features Fair visitors can do from the free mobile app:

·                     Find where they parked their car

·                     Facebook integration

·                      GPS map of the Fairgrounds

·                     Get the most current information on daily highlights

·                     Search for a show, exhibit or favorite food item.

·                     An alphabetical listing of all the Fair exhibitors.

Users have already had excellent comments about the app!

One user comments: “This is an awesome app! Will certianly make everything easy to find! Cannot wait to actually use it during the fair!!!!!!”


Looking for employment, Erie County Fair needs your help…

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The Erie County Fair is in search of cleaning personnel.

Must 18 year and older

Apply at the Fairgrounds by August 1 (it would be nice if the application could be printed from online) or in person at the Potillo trailer, located behind the Maintenance shop,  Work begins August 2 through the end of the Fair.  Rate of pay is Minimum wage.

For more information contact 352-227-8130

AT&T and Erie County Fair Sweepstakes!

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Want to see the hottest Nickelodeon boy band live? How about from the front row? Or would you rather see Best Female Country Vocalist Miranda Lambert? How about a limo to and from the show for you and 7 friends?

att.JPGIt sounds great right? Well, if you are interested in being eligible to win one of these two awesome concert prizes then head into your nearest AT&T store to enter. The sweepstakes will run from Monday July 18 to Monday August 4.

The sweepstakes is FREE to enter and there is no other place to gain this kind of concert experience for the Erie County Fair.

One winner will receive a pair of front row tickets to see Big Time Rush at their nearly sold out show on August 10. Another winner will receive 8 box tickets to see Miranda Lambert on August 14 as well as a limo ride to and from the show!

Here is the link for the participating stores:

Be sure to enter today and Good Luck!

Mmmmmm….Fair Food!

Monday, July 18th, 2011

big-kahuna-donut-burger.jpgWestern New York waits all year for the opening day of the Erie County Fair and it is coming quick. Some look forward to rides, others animals but arguably the best part of the Fair is its food! It has everything from the classics such as fried dough and cotton candy to the crazy like Bison burgers and a sandwich that uses glazed donuts as the bun. Whatever your in the mood for the Fair’s got it and there is no excuse for someone to end their day with an empty stomach.

What fairgoers love more than food however, is saving money and the Fair can help out there too!brick-oven-izza.jpg

Head to our website and print out 3 pages of coupons to SAVE BIG on some of your Fair food favorites!  If you can’t print out the coupons beforehand its no problem, the coupons will be available at all the information booths located throughout the Fairgrounds.

Be sure to save room in your stomach for the variety the 2011 Erie County Fair has to offer and everything will surely tast better knowing that you were able to eat great and save big at the same time!

Enter to Win the Ultimate Meet N Greet from Tops

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Erie County Fair and Tops Friendly Markets have partnered to offer you the Ultimate Meet N Greet Experience!  With every purchase of a TOPS BRANDED PRODUCT with your TOPS BonusCard from now until July 31st you will automatically be entered to win.

Grand prize is a Meet N Greet with Big Time Rush and front row tickets to their concert on August 10th*.

First prize is a pair of tickets to see America’s Got Talent Winner, Tery Fator, as he performs his ventriloquism in concert on August 16th.

Three winners will receive a family pack of four general admission tickets to the Erie County Fair.

For more information, visit  

Competitive Exhibits Deadlines Approaching

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

If you would like you chance to win a blue ribbon at the 2011 Erie County Fair there are plenty of opportunities. From agriculture, livestock, art and more everyone can get involved.

However, time is running out to get your entries in! Many of the deadlines are coming quick and we don’t want you to miss your chance.

Creative Arts Deadline is July 22nd, this includes arts & crafts, photography, paintings and flowers.

Woodcarving Deadline is July 22nd.

Animal Sciences Deadline is July 22nd, which includes all livestock.

Conservation Deadline is July 29th which involves any taxidermy, skins, furs, and pelts.

Plant Sciences Deadline is August 4th, which includes fruits, vegtables, farm products and horticulture

Home Wine Deadline is August 5th.

All entries must be received or postmarked by the deadline given.

For rules, regulations and entry forms please go to the competitive exhibits portion of our website.

The Erie County Fair is Looking for the Ultimate Fairgoer

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Does someone you know eat, sleep and breathe Erie County Fair? Then we want them as our 2011 Ultimate Fairgoer!

We are looking for someone who has been loyal and passionate about the Fair and shares their enthusiasm with their family and friends. We are so appreciative of all our guests who make the Fair atmoshpere friendly and annual staple for Family Fun and we would like to personally thank one lucky patron with the honor of Ultimate Fairgoer.

If you or someone you know is deserving of this title then, please, nominate them! Send us a short story of why they should be chosen as Ultimate Fairgoer. Also, feel free to include pictures, clippings, references and any other material that may compel our judges to select your nominee.

You can email entries to or mail nominations to 5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg NY 14075.

This year’s Ultimate Fairgoer will win:

-Passes for themselves and a guest for each day of the Erie County Fair

-Two (2) admission passes to the New York State Fair

-Passes to any county or youth fair in NY

-The book Reflections of America’s County Fair

-Two (2) Strates Fun Cards

-$50 gift certificate to the Erie County Fair Gift Shop

-An opportunity to ride in the Red White and You! Daily Parade

We know that there are a lot of fairgoers deserving of this award so be sure to get in your nomination!

(Management and staff of the Erie County Agricultural Society and/or the Erie County Fair are not eligible.)

Get Your Fair Admission Tickets Today!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The 2011 Erie County Fair is getting closer and closer and soon enough we will be opening our gates for the 172nd time to welcome in people from all over Western New York and beyond!  

This year getting your admission tickets to the Fair has never been easier because now you can buy your tickets online! Not only is it convenient (No waiting in line!) but it is cheaper too. When you pre-order your tickets online before August 12th you save $3.00 per ticket!  Making an adult admission only $7. There are no service charges for online ticket orders either, making ordering your tickets online the cheapest, easiest and most convenient way to buy them.fair-theme-logo.jpg

Here is the link to order your tickets now!

 Admission tickets can also be bought ahead of time at the Event Center Box Office. Just come down to the Fairgrounds and go right into the Event Center (the big building right off of South Park). The tickets purchased there are the same price as online and while you will have to leave home to get them, you will save time at the gate, getting you to Fair fun quicker!    The Hamburg Casino is also selling pre sale tickets. From July 3 to July 31 you can purchase your Fair admission tickets for only $6 at the cashier’s cage inside the casino. Also, if you have points you can redeem them for fair admission tickets. 100 points will get you one ticket to the fair. (Limit 10 per person on both Hamburg Casino specials)   As always you can purchase your ticket right at the gate when you arrive for your day at the Fair. There will be tickets for sale at all of the gates.  

Regular admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors

Also remember, kids 12 and under are FREE compliments of Tops!

There are also plenty of other deals, discounts and ways to save on our website so make sure you check them out. 

Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you at the 2011 Erie County Fair!