Archive for October, 2013

Happy Halloween from the Fair

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

October 31, 2013. Happy Halloween! 1964 image of the “Devil’s Coach” attraction on the famous James E. Strates Shows Midway. 2014 will mark 90 years of friendship with the Strates Family and their world-class midway.

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Have Holiday Spirit? Like Winning? READ ON

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights will be hosting four unique holiday competitions. Three are returning favorites from years past but there has been one exciting new contest added for 2013!

Here are all the details and links you need to get you entered to win…get crafty WNY!

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 Holiday Stocking Competition

Before you leave them “hung by the chimney with care” enter your best decorated stocking at the Festival of Lights

-There are two divisions:  juniors (17 and under) and adults (18 and up)
-Stockings will be judged on eye appeal, technicality, and creativity
-Completed stockings can be dropped off at the Fairgrounds Main Office between 11/18 and 11/22

 

 

Click here for more information and contest entry 

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Holiday Cookie Competition

Bring those cookies your family has been raving about for years to the Festival of Lights for the chance to win a $100 Tops Friendly Markets Gift Card. 

-There are two classes:  undecorated cookies and decorated cutouts
-Bring 3 cookies on a disposable plate to the Festival of Lights on December 8th between 2pm-4pm
-All cookies must be made from scratch and include a recipe

 Click here for more information and contest entry

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 Wreath Decorating Competition

Have your best wreath on exhibit for more than just your holiday guests!

-Decorate your best artificial wreath (maximum 30 inches) 
-Contest is limited to the first 30 entrants
-Judging is based on eye appeal, technicality, and creativity
-Wreaths will be on display at the Festival of Lights for guest to vote on the “People’s Choice” winner

-Drop wreaths off at the Fairgrounds Main Offices between 11/18 and 11/22

Click here for more information and contest entry

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Gingerbread Contest 

Build your gingerbread creation LIVE at the Festival of Lights

-Pre-registration required and limited to the first 8 entrants
-Basic pieces will be provied but you must bring your own embelllishments
-Everything goes, as long as it is completely edible
-Judging is based on difficulty, appearance, and originality
-Construction will take place on December 1st beginning at 4:30pm

Click here for more information and contest entry

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Polka, Beer and Dancing…a Night out at the Fair

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

October 17, 2013. Showcasing the best of local bands has been a big part of the Erie County Fair’s entertainment schedule for decades. In 1968, Buffalo’s Iroquois Brewery was the sponsor of the “Danceland” tent featuring daily entertainment and of course plenty of ice cold Iroquois Beer. In this picture, the lineup featured Eli Konikoff & his Yankee Six and Buffalo polka band Big Steve and his Bellares. 

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Listen to Big Steve play the Iroquois Beer Polka

Roses are red, violets are blue…

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

I say “no” to drugs and you should too!  

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights will be teaming up with WNY United and Evans Bank to help students in our community show how they say “no” to drugs and alcohol through an artwork and poetry contest!

Students from kindergarten to twelfth grade can submit their best original artwork or piece of poetry that illustrates how and why they say “no”  to drugs and alcohol. The winners in each age group will be invited to a special event held at the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights to celebrate their achievements as well as walk away with a custom trophy, designed by Crazy Steel Iron Art.

WNY United has reached out to schools across WNY to enroll students into this contest, however, students may enter independently. Last year there were 646 entries and this year we are hoping for an even greater response.

There are two contests, the poetry and the artwork, so make sure you read all the guidelines for your particular category before you get to work!  

Judging will be done by our friends at Crowley Webb and Travers Collins & Co.  based on clarity, creativity and craftsmanship. The age groups for each contest will be K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.

Those who would like to enter can click here for all the details.

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Fair Poster Gets Makeover

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

October 10, 2013. A rare poster dating back to the 1883 Erie County Fair that was originally found tucked away in a house attic on Kraus Road in Clarence, NY will begin its restoration process. Work on this 130-year-old ‘billboard’ style poster will be done by paper conservator Laura Schell; once complete, the conserved poster will not look new, the fragile object will be stabilized, and appearance of damages will be minimized.

300 days to the Erie County Fair!  #ThrowbackThursday A rare poster dating back to the 1883 Erie County Fair that was originally found tucked away in a house attic on Kraus Road in Clarence, NY will begin its restoration process.  Work on this 130-year-old 'billboard' style poster will be done by paper conservator Laura Schell; once complete, the conserved poster will not look new, the fragile object will be stabilized, and appearance of damages will be minimized. #tbt

Fair Treasure Gets A Makeover

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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With 175 years of history behind it, the Erie County Fair is looking better than ever! As we march toward our big year in 2014 the Fair is looking to ensure that pieces of our past can continue to journey with us into our bright future. Today that process takes another step as paper conservator Laura Schell comes to the Fairgrounds to pick up a Fair billboard poster that is over 130 years old. The poster was owned by Fair President John Kraus and was brought to the main offices by one of our board of members.

After having the poster hang in private offices for years it was time that this artifact received the treatment and display it deserved. So Laura Schell, of Lockport,  was called in to take the poster and begin a ten month process that will mend torn  parts and set it on an acid free background where it will be less likely to deteriorate over time. The poster will return for the 175th Erie County Fair, but this time on public display.

The conservation of the poster is just one step along a journey of travelling back in time through the Fair’s past and the treasures that have been left behind. We have opened all the nooks and crannies of the Fairgrounds and have begun an official archiving process that includes old ribbons, premium books, posters, photos and more.

While we havimg_5225.jpge a lot of Fair memorabilia in our archives we certainly don’t have it all! We are asking people of the community to check out their attics and scrapbooks and see if they have any Erie County Fair artifacts  that they would like to be included in our archives. Don’t worry, we aren’t taking items from you…we just want to borrow your photos, ribbons or anything else you may have for our big display at the 175th Fair. If you have something you would like included on our display call (716) 649-3900 ext. 6404 or email frontdesk@ecfair.org for more information.

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The Fair and Football Collide?

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

October 3, 2013. For a brief period of time in March of 1971, the NYS Urban Development Corporation (UDC) considered the Erie County Fairgrounds as the “perfect” site of a proposed open seat stadium to host the Buffalo Bills. The $23-$27 million dollar, 65,000-80,000 seat, 15-acre facility would have been located west of the old Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad right of way, near the corner of South Park Avenue and Quinby Drive. A total of 16-sites were considered by the UDC with the Fairgrounds being the “most feasible” to be developed in time for the 1973 season.

On March 25, 1971, after much debate in the press and political jockeying by then County Executive B. John Tutuska, the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS) unanimously rejected the proposal. In a statement given to the media, the ECAS Board said, “we have a solemn obligation to the preserve the continued growth of the Great Erie County Fair as an essential part of our regional and American heritage.”

Shortly after losing the Fairgrounds land battle, Tutuska and the UDC switched focus to a site three miles north of the Village of Hamburg near the corner of Abbott and Big Tree Roads. It would be at this location, on August 17, 1973, the Bills would play their first game at the new Rich Stadium.

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