Archive for December, 2012

All NEW Agriculture Discovery Center at the Erie County Fairgrounds

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The Fairgrounds has Announced Plans for a State of the Art Agriculture Complex

Hamburg, NY-The Board of Directors of the Erie County Agricultural Society has unveiled plans to construct a new 60,000 square foot Agriculture Discovery Center.

The Agriculture Discovery Center will be a state-of-the-art complex which will provide visitors with an opportunity to learn and experience the profound place agriculture has on our daily lives. The facility will host agriculture education programming year round including many interactive exhibits designed to enhance the learning experience.

Preliminary sketches were presented to the members of the Erie County Agricultural Society at its Annual Meeting held on December 12, 2012. Plans will be to incorporate the popular Milkable  Mabel, the Blacksmith Shop and the Milking Parlor into the new complex.

Demolition of the current Ag-Sperience Barn along with Barns 7 and 8 will begin following the 2013 Fair so that the Agriculture Discovery Center can be ready for the 175th Anniversary of the Erie County Fair in August 2014.

Click here for a short video about the Erie County Fair’s past and commitment to the future with plans for the NEW Agriculture Discovery Center.

The Erie County Fair Receives International Recognition For Communications Awards

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

The Erie County Fair has recently received prestigious honors from the International Association of Fairs & Expos (IAFE) for several of the advertising elements used for and during the 2012 Erie County Fair.   The IAFE represents more than 1,300 fairs around the world with a purpose of promoting and encouraging the development and improvement of agricultural fairs, shows and expositions.

At the latest Awards Reception in Las Vegas, Nevada during the Annual IAFE Convention, the Erie County Fair was presented with several  awards in the Hall of Honor Communication Awards including

  • 1st Place – Brochure – for the official Fair brochure
  • 1st Place –  Poster – for 2012 Erie County Fair theme poster
  • 1st place – Brochure/Flyer Series – for the Daily Highlight Sheets distributed at the gates
  • 2nd place – Magazine Ad – for an ad published in Edible Buffalo Magazine
  • 3rd Place – Best Individual Mobile Effort – for the Fairgrounds Mobile App
  • 3rd Place – Promotion Event – for the Wild About Hair Competition

There are a total of 26 award categories for the Communication Awards, each category divided into 5 divisions separated by attendance.  With the Erie County Fair exceeding 1 million in attendance at the 2012 Fair,  competition was among Texas State Fair,  Minnesota State Fair, Canadian National Exhibition, Calgary Stampede and many more.  The purpose of this competition is to improve the advertising and publicity programs of fairs and o provide recognition for those fairs doing and outstanding job.