Archive for December, 2013

Thank You WNY!

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Together we have made history, yet again and it was with the help of all of WNY (and beyond)!

It has already been announced that the Erie County Fair has the highest attendance in its history in 2013 with 1,160,184 guests passing through the gates. A couple of months ago the Food Bank of WNY announced the the Erie County Fair Food Drive was the largest held in their history with over 350,000 pounds of food donated in just twelve days. But the good news is still coming….

To mark the end of a record setting year for the Fair and to set the pace for the beginning of our 175th Anniversary year CarnivalWarehouse.com released their annual list of the Top 50 Fairs in North America and named the Erie County Fair as #11.

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Eleventh is the highest the Erie County Fair has ever ranked on the list and is up 3 spots from #14 in 2012. With just 2.5 million people in the WNY area the Erie County Fair was able to surpass the state fairs of Ohio, Oklahoma, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, New York, Indiana, Mississippi, California, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland and New Mexico, to name a few. Click here to see the fill list. 

It is because of the wonderful people of the 716 (and the 585) that the Erie County Fair has become such a major event within our community. Without the exhibitors, vendors, staff, judges, volunteers and of course the guests we wouldn’t be able to even dream of receiving such a high honor.

On behalf of all who are involved in the planning, organization and execution of the Erie County Fair, Thank You. We hope you enjoyed EXPERIENCING the 174th Fair with us and we are hoping you are ready to continue GROWING STRONG with us as we celebrate our 175th Anniversary in 2014.

Statler Brothers Make the News

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

December 26, 2013.  Pictured here in 1979 is WKBW-TV’s Brian Kahle, then host of AM Buffalo, interviews the Statler Brothers (Lew DeWitt, Harold Reid, Don Reid, and Phil Balsley) prior to a performance at the Grandstand of the Erie County Fair. Kahle passed away this past May.

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The Start of a Beautiful Friendship

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

December 19, 2013. In December 1923, the Erie County Agricultural Society received a letter from Elmira, New York based James E. Strates soliciting the Fair’s business for his newly created Southern Tier Amusement Company. This simple letter, proudly displayed in our Fair Office to this day, was the beginning of a 90-year partnership between the Strates Family, the Erie County Fair and the people of Western New York. We look forward to our 90th season with Strates Shows during next year’s 175th Erie County Fair.

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When Glide a Rides Floated through the Grounds

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

December 12, 2013. Following the close of the 1964/1965 World’s Fair in New York City (Flushing Meadows), the Erie County Fair purchased a number of the famous Greyhound Bus “Glide-A-Ride” tram sets for use in Hamburg. The futuristic design seemed to float around the Fairgrounds from 1966 until the trackless trains were retired in the early 2000s.

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Gate One…Welcoming Guests for 93 Years

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

December 5, 2013. The majestic iron gate located on the eastern end of the Erie County Fair has traditional served as the ceremonial point of entry for visitors. Constructed in the early 1920s, the McKinley Gate is located on part of the original land purchased by the Erie County Agricultural Society in 1881 (although the Fair arrived in Hamburg in 1868; the ECAS did not become owners of the property until the 1880s.) Only twelve acres at the time of purchase, the Fairgrounds has grown to cover over 275 areas. Before 1868, the Fair was held in various location in the City of Buffalo and in the towns of Aurora, Lancaster, Orchard Park, West Seneca and Springville.

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Give the Gift of the Fair this Holiday Season

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Looking for the perfect gift for the person in your life who has already begun the countdown to the 175th Erie County Fair…or hoping to treat yourself to a gift that will symbolize summer? Well then look no further than the all new Erie County Fair Store Online!

Grab your limited edition items before they run out. With only eight months until opening day it is the perfect time to get into the Fair spirit and be prepared with all the latest items. 

Click here to start shopping!

The items offered at this time are as follows:

175th Ornament…….…..$10.00

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Retro T-Shirt……………$15.00

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SOLD OUT Twelve Day Pass..….…..$17.50

Includes admission for all 12 days of the Fair. That’s less than $1.50 per day! Limit 2 per person.

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Fair Gift Card……………$25.00

Use for admission tickets or redeem for cash at the Treasurers Office inside the Fair

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Commemorative Poster……………….$75.00

Numbered out of 175, signed by the illustrator

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Now stop reading and get shopping!

Introducing Walk Around Wednesdays!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

For the first time ever the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights will offer a unique winter experience to WNY families…Walk Around Wednesdays!

Just like it sounds the Festival of Lights will open on Wednesdays and allow families to walk through the nearly two miles of lights. Bundle up and lace up your walking boots as you wander through nearly a half million twinkling bulbs.

Gates are open from 5pm-9pm on December 4,11 and 18. The whole experience is just $5 per group! The buildings will not be opened nor will there be vendors or shows available on this completely outdoor adventure.

But wait there’s more…

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gearforadventure2_tiff.pngThis is your chance to give snowshoeing a try! Gear for Adventure will have snowshoes available to rent for the whole family. Snowshoes are just $5 per person to rent.

 Guests are also welcome to bring their own cross country skis and snowshoes to experience this holiday event (Weather Permitting).

* Friendly pets and responsible owners are welcome to this event!