Archive for September, 2013

Bring the Fair to Your Next Event

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Get ready WNY for an unforgettable 175th Erie County Fair! We are already prepared to bring you more fun, more excitement and more family memories than ever before…but why wait until August to let the fun begin? The Erie County Far Ambassadors want to come to an event near you!

If you have an outdoor festival or parade that is in need of a little Fair Flare than look no further than our newly decked out 1949 GMC Panel truck. It is ready to roll up to your community event along with Fair Ambassadors who will pass out promotional items and get your crowd ready to party with us the the Erie County Fair. Bring the truck to your event now through November or March through July(weather permitting).


Stuck indoors?  No worries. Fair Ambassadors can crash your winter group meetings with some giveaways as well as an informative 30 minute presentation chronicling the colorful  history of our Fair as well as sharing the plans for our special anniversary celebration! If you have a scout troop, civic group, community club or other event please, give us a call and we would love to be a part of it. Request a date now for October through July. 

As we prepare to kick off a whole year of celebratory fun in our community we hope you will take the opportunity to be part of it.

To request an appearance by the truck or a Fair Ambassador presentation at your next event please contact Heather Lang, by email at or by phone at (716) 649-3900 ext. 6399

Here There and Everywhere

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

September 19, 2013. Court House, Lafayette Square (current site of the Central Library). The adjacent land to Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo figures prominently in the history of the Erie County Fair. The region’s first agricultural society was formed on September 14, 1819 when a group of farmers met in the old Court House and adopted a constitution. The 1841 the Erie County Fair was held in an area just behind the Lafayette Square Court House and in 1855, following a new State law, the Erie County Agricultural Society held a reorganization meeting inside the old Court House. The structure was torn down in 1876 to make way for the original Buffalo Public Library building


Dear Abby, Why is the Fair in August?

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

September 12, 2013. Rare piece of letterhead from the 1912 Erie County Fair. From the mid-1800’s to the late-1920’s, the Erie County Fair was held during the beginning of the autumnal harvest in September. Fair dates were moved back to August in respect to the New York State Fair in Syracuse. The move allowed the State Fair to be the culmination of all agricultural fairs statewide



Hamburg Casino Brings ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic To The Event Center

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The Erie County Fair may be over but the fun and excitement continue as Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds presents “Weird Al” Yankovic – The Alpocalypse Tour. “Weird Al” Yankovic has sold more records than any other comedy artist in history and is an American pop culture icon.

The three-time Grammy Award winner will be performing live Oct. 4 at the Fairgrounds Event Center adjacent to the casino in Hamburg, N.Y. Weird Al has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and has spent the past three decades creating more than 150 parodies and original songs such as “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon” and “Perform This Way.” His latest album, “Alpocalypse,” was a Billboard Top 10.

“Weird Al in concert is beyond description,” said Chase Lough, marketing director at Hamburg Casino. “Imagine your favorite video coming to life. Whether he is on stage doing, “Smells Like Nirvana,” his parody of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” or “Fat” in his full body suit doing his parody of “Bad” by Michael Jackson, he puts forth 150 percent in every performance. His expansive music career has allowed him to touch virtually every genre of music.”

Get your tickets online, by calling 1-888-223-6000 or visiting the Fairgrounds Event Center Box Office. Visit for more information.

Good Enough to Eat: The History of the Ag-Grange

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

September 5, 2013. Celebrating the Western New York harvest inside the Agricultural Hall, 1959. One of the oldest buildings on the Fairgrounds, the structure was eventually moved several hundred feet to become the current Historical Building. In 1964, the current Agricultural & Grange Building opened to showcase the bounty of local farms and backyard gardens.