2013 Fair Preview



Fair Preview: Experience the 174th Erie County Fair


 Summer is moving fast and before we know it August will be here, which means the Erie County Fair will be back at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY. The 174th Erie County Fair will be held August 7-18. There is something for the whole family from food, animals, rides, and shopping, to music and entertainment making it the perfect way to celebrate a summer day.

 Each year entertainment is brought in from all over the world and offered to our fairgoers for FREE, with paid gate admission. The NEW free entertainment for 2013 are as follows:

Boys from Bushwood. Straight out of the comedy favorite Caddyshack, these impersonators will be making their way throughout the grounds posing for pictures and meeting our guests.


Dale Jones (Comedy Juggler). He has been named one of the world’s best jugglers by the International Jugglers Association and has been performing for over 20 years. What makes his act more astonishing is that he accomplishes all of his tricks with just one hand. 


Extreme Canines Stunt Show.  The show mixes comedy and amazing tricks in a way that will have the whole family entertained. This isn’t a demonstration but instead described as “Vegas-level” entertainment.  


Flippenout Trampoline Show. This high flying show has traveled the world doing incredible aerial stunts as high as 25 feet in the air all from a trampoline.


InJest with Nels Ross. Self-proclaimed “oddball” Nels Ross will be performing a blend of comedy, magic, juggling and more that will keep audiences of all ages



Lasertainment- Laser Light Show. End the day at the Fair with a nighttime laser light show that incorporates the latest technology with chart topping music. Lasertainment is safe and environmentally friendly.


Cirque Zuma Zuma. These performers come all the way from Africa and have been finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Their combination of dance, acrobatics and feats of strength will leave you amazed. 


Sea  Lion Splash. Back by popular demand Sea Lion Splash will perform daily with their silly antics and zany tricks the sea lions will be sure to be a hit with guests of all ages.


More FREE entertainment includes:  John Cassidy-The Bizarre Balloonologist, Gary the Silent Clown, The Gizmo Guys, Jerry Valley-Master Hypnotist, Jerry Ward- Chainsaw Artist, the Backyard Circus and Puppet Parade, Nya:Weh Indian Village Dance Troupe, Ramblin’ Lou Family Band, SkyRiver Butterflies, Steve Trash-Eco Magician, and Swifty Swine Racing Pigs


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Come and see who will take home a blue ribbon in the expanded Creative Arts Exhibit Area, Grange Building, and all of the livestock barns. There will be over 13,000 exhbitiors showing everything from cattle to canning! Walk the barns and see over 2500 head of livestock! 


Competitors are challenged to partake in one of our new contests this year at the Fair.

As Seen on Pinterest. Participants are challenged to recreate an original piece from instructions found on Pinterest. See what was made on display at the Creative Arts Exhibit Area every day of the Fair.

Experience It- Cupcake Competition. Bring your best cupcakes to the Fair on August 14 between 10am and 12pm for a taste testing and judging.   Think you have a cupcake worthy of a blue ribbon, click here to see how you can enter! 


No one should ever leave the Fair with an empty stomach. From Fair favorites to all new foods to try there is truly something for every taste.


Try out these new foods for 2013

Bacon Bomb

Deep Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll

Alligator and Shark Kabobs/Nugget Bites

Deep Fried Oversized Gummy Bears

Deep Fried Rice Krispies

Jumbo Smokes Turkey Wings

Shrimp Dogs

Pig Butt on a Stick

Which one are you most excited to try? Click here to vote!

Click Here to  Download money saving food coupons for your favorite Fair foods 


For those who would like to eat more than their fill, and enjoy bragging rights, there will be five eating contests. All eating contests will be at 1:00pm at the Pine Grove Stage.

Ice Cream- August 12

Pulled Pork- August 13

Pie- August 14

Fried Dough- August 15

Turkey Leg- August 16



Other special events and exhibits include:

Nik Wallenda. Daredevil and high wire artist Nik Wallenda will make a guest appearance at the Fair on Wednesday,  August 14th to help kick off the countdown to the 175th Fair.


America Standing Tall 9/11 Memorial. Steel Crazy Iron Art created a memorial that stands 11 feet tall and required the work of over 600 artists. The memorial is dedicated to those who lost their lives on 9/11 and the first responders who risk their lives daily


Meet NASCAR Nationwide Driver Nelson Piquet Jr.  at the Nationwide- Getzoni Agency location, behind the Hamburg Casino on August 11 from 1:30-3pm.


5K Race. The Erie County Fair 5K will kick off Saturday August 10 at 9:00am. Registration begins at 7:30am in the infield. Those who would like to participate may register online here


Ag-sperience. This is the perfect place for kids and adults to see what life would be like on a farm. Feed a calf, see piglets and chicks or partake in hands on Ag-tivities daily.


Canines on the Catwalk. The SPCA Whisker Wagon will be stopping at the Fair with some of the most eligible pooches in Erie County. Fairgoers can see dogs in need of adoption and maybe even start the process to take one home. See the SPCA at Pine Grove on Saturday, August 10 at 4:30pm.  


The Strates Midway. This long time family owned midway stretches a mile and features over 100 rides, games and attractions. One Price Ride Days are each weekday of the Fair (8/7-8/9 and 8/12-8/16). All day rides are just $20 when you present an original Tops receipt at the ticket booth for each rider.

Can Creations. Look for beautiful sculptures made entirely of cans around the Fairgrounds. These cans will all be donated to the Food Bank of WNY as part of the canned food drive.

There is a variety of entertainment offered in the Buffalo.com Grandstand, the lineup is as follows:



August 7– Three Days Grace with special guest Finger Eleven

August 8– Sawyer Brown with special guest Maddie Larkin- FREE CONCERT with gate admission

August 9–  Firefighters’ Parade- FREE EVENT with gate admission

Hotel California-The Original Eagles Tribute Band- FREE CONCERT with gate admission

August 10– Three Dog Night- FREE CONCERT with gate admission

August 11– Veterans Day Parade- FREE EVENT with gate admission

                  Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo (Freestyle Motocross)- FREE EVENT with gate admission

August 12– Lightweight Horse Pull

                  Austin Mahone with special guest Jake Miller

August 13– Heavyweight Horse Pull

                 Blood, Sweat and Tears- FREE CONCERT with gate admission

August 14– Gary Allan with special guest Josh Thompson

August 15– Ultimate Night of Destruction featuring Monster Trucks- Kids 12 and are FREE with a paid adult

August 16– Lucas Oil Truck and Tractor Pull- Kids 12 and under FREE with a paid adult

August 17– Lucas Oil Truck and Tractor Pull- Kids 12 and under FREE with a paid adult

August 18– World’s Largest Demolition Derby featuring Monster Trucks (2 shows)

Grandstand event tickets, which include admission to the Fair on the day of the event when purchased in advance, are on sale now by clicking 
here, the Event Center, or by phone at 1-888-223-6000. Tickets are available online until the day before the event.

Hours. Gates open at 2pm on August 7. August 8-18, gates open at 9am, buildings open at 10am and the midway opens at 11am. Gates close at 10pm.


Gate Admission. $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and kids 12 and under are FREE.


Special Deals and Discounts.

Advance Sale Admission. Tickets are on sale until August 6 online, in person at the Event Center or at the Peace Bridge Duty Free. Advance Sale tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors.


Channel 2 Opening Day. Guests receive $2 admission and $2 parking on August 7. Gates open at 2pm.

Channel 4 Day. Guests receive $4 admission and $4 parking on August 8.


Student Special. Students with a valid ID receive $5 admission after 5pm


Early Bird Admission. Fairgoers who come before 11am on any weekday (8/8-8/9 and 8/12-8/16) will receive $5 admission.


Firefighters Day. Firefighters and auxiliary members receive FREE admission to the Fair on August 9 with proper ID.


Veterans Day. Active military and retired veterans receive FREE admission to the Fair on August 11 with proper ID.


Free Shuttle. On the weekends (August 10-11, 17-18) guests who park at ECC South will receive FREE parking and a FREE shuttle ride to and from Gate 1 on McKinley Parkway.



Food from the Fair Feeds WNY. The Erie County Fair is partnering with the Food Bank of WNY to host a canned food drive at the Fair. Guests are encouraged to bring a canned food donation to any of the gates any day of the Fair. Cash donations are also being accepted. Fairgoers who bring a canned food donation on one of the following days will receive something a little extra:

August 7, FREE admission into the Fair

August 10, coupon to receive a $20 unlimited ride wristband

August 11, $5 off of admission


For additional information, event times or guest services visit ecfair.org, download the Fairgrounds app for iPhone or Android devices or call 716-649-3900.