Archive for July, 2012

Wild About Rides?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

As the Fair approaches there are a lot of questions about what is the best option for families when it comes to the Strates Midway at the Erie County Fair. Here is a quick guide to all your ride options so you can make the best choice for your family:

One Price Ride Days: Every weekday of the Fair is a One Price Ride Day. It is $25 for a wristband and you can ride all day. You need a wristband for each rider and they are vaild only on the day of purchase. If you bring an original Tops reciept you may purchase the wristband for just $20. You need an original reciept (from any day, for any amount) for each rider.

 Wristbands can be purchased at the Strates Ticket Booths right here at the Fair. They are NOT available for purchase at Tops or any other location.

Strates Fun Cards: These are valid each and everyday of the Fair, not only on the day they are purchased on. These operate like debit cards- where dollars are turned into credits. Credits can be purchased for $1 per 1  credit or you can take advantage of the Fun Card Specials listed below. The benefit of Fun Cards is that the whole family can share one card and if you plan on coming multiple days you can keep the card and the credits on it.

You can purchase your card presale (before August 7) and receive 70 credits for just $23. That is a 33% savings.

At the Fair however, Fun Cards can be purchased in any denomination but the best deals are 45 credits for $20 or 120 credits for $50. These specials are valid everyday, including the weekends.

  Purchase your Strates Fun Card at the Strates Ticket Booth right at the Erie County Fair or purchase or take advantage of the presale offer online.  Strates Fun Cards are not available for purchase at the Event Center or any other location.

The Strates Midway has over one mile of WILD rides, games and attractions! Take advatage of all the Midway has to offer through these various offers and discounts.

Have a WILD day!

Exciting Day of Racing Planned at the Buffalo Raceway

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The Erie County Fair is right around the corner and to end July with a bang, the Erie County Fair along with Buffalo Raceway is hosting the New York County Fair series on Wednesday July 18. The first post is at 1pm on The Fairgrounds in Hamburg for the special annual card. 

Over 25 horses are expected to compete in eight races with over $24,000 in purse money up for grab. 

The County Fair Series is a non-pari-mutuel series designed for young horses that are building their skills.  The races are held at 22 County Fairs throughout New York State, bringing the excitement to the backyards of thousands each summer.  With no betting and free admission, the County Fair Series offers a family atmosphere for race fans of all ages.

Although the matinee card is non-betting, simulcast wagering will be available from tracks across the country.

Live racing continues at Buffalo Raceway through Sunday, July 22. Post time is 5:00 pm Wednesday, 6:40 pm Friday and Saturday and 1:05 pm on Sunday.  Simulcast wagering from across North America is available Wednesday through Sunday, year round concerts and more.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Bring Home a Blue Ribbon…

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Time is running out and the deadlines are approaching for the Erie County Fair agriculture and competitive exhibits. If you want to take home a Blue Ribbon at the 2012 Erie County Fair then you will not want to wait any longer.

July 20th is the deadling for all  Creative Arts, Woodcarving, Poultry and Rabbits. (This is also the early deadline for Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Sheep and Swine. Have your entries in to avoid late fees)

Creative Arts entries must be brought to the Fairgrounds on Wednesday August 1st or Thursday August 2nd between 12pm and 8pm.

Woodcarving entries should be brought to the Fairgrounds on Friday August 3rd between 12pm and 7pm or Saturday August 4th from 12pm to 6pm.

For more information including classes, rules, regulations or to register click here!


The Erie County Fair is WILD about Recycling!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

There is so much to go WILD about at the 2012 Erie County Fair! Wild about the Rides, Wild about the Food, Wild about the Animals….

This year we are going WILD about Recycling! With one million people entering the gates each and every year it takes an army to keep the Fairgrounds clean and green year after year and we need everyone’s help. But it isn’t just about keeping the Fair clean it is about making a difference and doing our part to help the environment!

If each fairgoer recycled one aluminum can  it would save enough electricity to power a television set for 342 years!

Modern Recycling handles the majority of the recycling at the Erie County Fair using their single stream technology. This new innovation allows all recyclable items to be thrown in a single container with no sorting. It is Modern’s hope that people will find recycling more convenient and will partcipate more frequently. 

For more information on Modern Recycling check out their website here!

The rest of the Fair’s recycling is done with the help of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County’s 4-H Youth Development. The 4-H kids will have designated locations around the Fairgrounds where you can drop off your recyclable items! This is where you can do your part and help reduce the amount of waste.

 With 1 Million fairgoers each and every season the Erie County Fair hopes everyone will take part in our recycling efforts, not just while you are here at the Fair but at home as well.

 A greener planet….That’s something to go Wild About!

Is someone you know WILD About the Fair?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

…and we mean really WILD about the Fair!

 We are launching our annual search for the Ultimate Fairgoer. The person we are looking for has a passion for the Erie County Fair and shares their dedication and enthusiasm with their family and friends.

 If this sounds like someone you know- nominate them today.

 Nominations will be accepeted until August 1st. Send a letter, pictures, video, poster or anything else creative you can think of to help your nominee beat out the competition and be named 2012 Ultimate Fairgoer.

Email your nomination to or mail them to: Ultimate Fairgoer at 5600 McKinley Pkwy Hamubrg, NY 14075

 The winner will receive a passes to the Erie County Fair, a chance to ride in the parade, Strates Ride Cards, an annual pass for all the NYS Fairs, a gift certificate to the Fair Gift Shop and the coveted title of 2012 Ultimate Fairgoer.