Archive for July, 2013

ALL ABOARD!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

July 25, 2013. 1962 – The Strates Shows train arrives at the former 1871 Erie Railroad Depot on Scott Street, Village of Hamburg. The train is currently the last traveling railroad carnival in the US and features over 50 cars filled with amusement rides, concessions, heavy equipment and Strates employees. To view more vintage pictures of the Strates Show train in Hamburg visit. The 2013 train is tentatively due to arrive in Hamburg on August 2nd.

Do You Pin So Much You Deserve A Blue Ribbon?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

pinterst.jpg  It seems like everyone is in on the Pinterest Mania! From delicious food items to crafts and 100 ways to use an old t-shirt we are all guilty of spending way too much time scrolling the pages and pinning just about everything. Now it is your chance to turn those countless hours on the web into a Blue Ribbon with the all new As Seen on Pinterest contest at the Erie County Fair.

Find that craft project you always wanted to tackle, print out the instructions and then paint, cut, glue and assemble away! Submit your Pinterest project with the original pins and instructions on how you created your masterpiece and have it on display at the Fair.

The deadline for the entry is today at midnight, but don’t worry pinners you have until July 31 to make your craft!

Print the entry form here and start sifting through those boards.

If Pinterest crafts are not your forte then head over to the Competitive Exhibits section of our website and see all the categories you can participate in at the Erie County Fair. You won’t want to wait long as the deadlines are approaching quick.

See all the hard work WNYers have put into their Creative Arts and Competitive Exhibits everyday at the Erie County Fair, August 7-18


Chiavetta’s Celebrating Decades at the Fair

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

July 18, 2013. The unmistakable taste & smell of a Chiavetta’s chicken dinner has been an Erie County Fair tradition since 1957. In the early 1950’s, poultry farmers Thomas and Eleanor Chiavetta began barbecuing chicken utilizing a recipe they learned through the Erie County Farm & Home Center. After modifying the recipe with their own “Italian twist,” they began catering firemen’s picnics and church banquets before setting up business at the Fair. During 2013, Chiavetta’s will cook and serve almost 3500 dinners a day at its stand located near the Firemen’s Building & Slade Park.


Horse Racing Double Header

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Come to the Buffalo Raceway tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17 for exciting double header racing. The NY Sire Stakes Erie County Fair Races will have a post time of 1pm, kicking off nine races featuring two and three year old horses barreling down the half mile oval.  

Beat the heat and sit in the air conditioned Clubhouse or find a seat in the Grandstand to enjoy the races. Its FREE admission, FREE parking, and FREE programs! Race fans of all ages are welcome. This is  a non-wagering race day.

 Hope to see you at the Buffalo Raceway!


2013 Fair Preview

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013



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


Click Here To Plan your Day at the Erie County Fair

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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 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, download the Fairgrounds app for iPhone or Android devices or call 716-649-3900.




Gary Allan to Appear in TV Special

Friday, July 12th, 2013


Gary Allan will be performing LIVE at the Erie County Fair with special guest Josh Thompson but before you see him here catch him on Great American Country in his very own TV special. Allan will be featured on GAC Back Story: Gary Allan, which will air July 14th and 15th at 10:00pm and 2:00am respectively. Hear the whole story on Allan’s life and childhood and his crazy ride to the top of country charts…like being discovered at a car dealership!

Click here for more information about the TV Special.

After you see the special make sure you grab your tickets to see him LIVE! Click here to purchase your tickets now and guarantee yourself a spot at the show!

Go Ahead and Toss in Ball One

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

July 11, 2013. Ball 1, Ball 2, Ball 3…Boxall’s ‘I Got It’ has been a 40 year tradition at the Erie County Fair and ranks as one of the all-time great carnival games.

And the 2013 Ultimate Fairgoer is…. YOU?

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

cn5h6774.jpgFor nearly a decade the Erie County Fair begins a search each summer across Western New York for the most passionate and enthusiastic fairgoers around. Stories pour in of people who have the Fair in their history for generations, people who have fallen in love at the Fairgrounds and people who schedule family vacations around Fair-time. But only one can be named each year as the Ultimate Fairgoer. And in 2013 it could be you, or someone you know! 

The Fair is accepting nominations now! Send us your stories of your own history or some you know’s history of their love of the Fair. Pictures, references, clippings and more can enhance your nomination and make it stand out from the pack. Email your nominations to or  send them to Ultimate Fairgoer, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg NY 14075.

As if the title of Ultimate Fairgoer wasn’t enough, the title holder will receive two VIP passes to the Erie County Fair as well as to any county or youth fair in New York State, a gift certificate to the Fair Gift Shop, ride passes, and an opportunity to ride in the parade.

Nominations are due by July 31st!

World Fair Fever hit Erie County

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

July 4, 2013. Capitalizing on World’s Fair fever that was sweeping the US in 1964, the Erie County Fair’s Avenue of Flags was a colorful display of international flags from countries around world. During the 1976, the year of the Bicentennial of the United States, American flags were introduced as a patriotic salute to our country, a tradition that continues during every Erie County Fair.

We CAN Do It!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The Erie County Fair has been a staple in the WNY community for 174 years. The Fair thrives on the people from the area who fwe-can-do-it2.jpglood the gates and keep this Fair running year after year. For 2013 the Erie County Fair is working with the Food Bank of WNY to give back to the community who has supported us for well over a century.  

What CAN we do?

The IAFE (International Association of Fairs and Expositions) challenged its members to “Dream Big” and try to collectively donate 20,000,000 pounds of canned foods. While the goal is lofty, the Erie County Fair was up for the challenge and we are going to need the help of our 1,000,000+ fairgoers to make this dream a reality. 

Click here to see how close we are to the goal! 

How CAN we do it?

Bring your canned food donation with you to the Erie County Fair to benefit the Food  Bank of WNY. The cans will help towards the IAFE’s Dream Big Campaign but the food will stay right here in our community! Only cans will count towards the IAFE drive but monetary donations will be accepted to benefit those in need in WNY.

The Erie County Fair has developed a plan to encourage fairgeors to bring donations with them to the Fair…donate on certain days and receive savings!

Bring cans on Wednesday, August 7 and receive FREE admission into the Fair. 
Bring cans on Saturday, August 10 and receive an unlimited ride wristband for just $20
Bring cans on Sunday, August 11 and receive $5 off of your gate admission. 

Donations are welcome any day. however.

How CAN this help?

The Food Bank of WNY serves 100,000 people each month, 40,o00 of which are children. Donations to the Food Bank will help to keep the doors open and bellies full throughout the community. Knowing where your next meal is coming from is a luxury that not everyone is able to have. Of the Food Bank’s 36,000+ families served each month 53% of them would have to choose between food and utilities if not for the Food Bank.

We CAN do it! 

With over 1 million people coming through the gates there is no doubt the Erie County Fair has the ability to make a big difference in the community through canned food donations. The Erie County Fair has committed to donate $10,000 to the Food Bank, which translated to over 6,000 cans! An anonymous donor matched that donation contributing another 6,000 cans to the cause.

To see just how many cans that is, stop into the Showplex during the Fair to see a Can Creation built entirely of the cans that will be donated to the Food Bank of WNY.


So there is the challenge Erie County! Don’t forget to bring your canned food to the Fair with you…remember…We CAN do it!