Archive for August, 2014

A Big Fair-well to the 175th Erie County Fair

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

For more than a year the 175th Erie County Fair has promised to be the “Best Fair Ever” and when gates opened on August 6, 2014 

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it was time to stand and deliver.  The Fair hosted headline entertainment, exhibited livestock from throughout the northeast, awarded hundreds of ribbons, and helped WNYer’s pack on some pounds with its delicious food offerings.  After twelve days of tradition, agriculture, and excitement the Erie County Fair is proud to announce it has broken another attendance record with 1,220,101 guests coming through the gates.

 This number exceeds 2013’s record of 1,160,184.  Fair organizers believe this increase in attendance is due in part to as special events such as Wallenda Walks the Fair (August 10) and Heritage Day (August 14) alongside a yearlong Think Fair Thoughts marketing campaign.

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With all its moving parts organizers will be the first to admit that it is difficult to throw a “perfect” Fair but with a lot of hard work, preparation, and fun it is safe to say the 175th edition of the Erie County Fair came pretty close.

 On behalf of the Erie County Fair, its staff, its volunteers, and its directors, thank you Western New York, for continuing to make the Fair a must see summer attraction.

Whether you come for a few hours or the full twelve days, the Fair appreciates your patronage and hopes to see you in 2015. Mark the calendars because the 2015 Fair runs August 12-23- just 357 days away!

10 Reasons Wallenda’s Erie County Fair Skywalk Could be Most Challenging Yet

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

High wire artist and daredevil Nik Wallenda will be walking over the 175th Erie County Fair on August 10, 2014. The walk will be 125 feet in the air and approximately 1350 feet long. This is the guy that walked over the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, so you may be thinking, this should be a piece of cake for Wallenda to complete. However, upon further examination of some of the walk conditions and variables you may find that this could prove to be one of Wallenda’s toughest skywalk attempts yet.

1.  BBQ Grease on the Wire. 

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With three delicious Chicken BBQ establishments going full speed below there is the threat that the smoke and grease prove to be a factor in wire walking conditions. 

2. Alligators and Tigers!

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Yep, that’s right, alligators and tigers will be on the property where Wallenda will be walking. Sure falling into the Grand Canyon would be scary, but so would be being eaten by an alligator. 

3. The Enticing Smell of Fair Food.

Fried dough, Italian sausage, candy apples, gyro, fresh cut french fries….it’s all enough to knock a seasoned professional off  his game. Wallenda will be passing over the main Food Court, hopefully he heads onto the wire with a full stomach. 

4. People.

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So there is the roaring waters of Niagara Falls, and then there are Western New Yorkers. A sea of either of these two can be equally intense. When WNYers get together they know how to party…will the crowds distract Wallenda? We will wait and see. 

5. Flying I-Got-It Balls.

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“Toss in ball one…” One would think throwing a small ball into a bin three feet away would be a simple task but anyone who has walked through the Fair can see that errant balls can be found just about anywhere. 

6. Double the Average Walk Length.

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Wallenda practices, a lot, but this attempt will be the longest of the year, actually almost double the length of his typical walks. That being said, a longer walk mixed with fair food and August heat, it might just be nap time on the wire! 

7. Barn Noises.

We all know that joke about the annoying obnoxious cow, but at the Fair more than 1,600 animals will be housed in the barns for the walk. That is a lot of oinking, neighing, mooing, clucking, baaing…you get the idea. 

8. Over-Excitement about Fireworks

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Following Wallenda’s walk there will be a firework display, with another one to follow at 10pm. If Wallenda is like the rest of us, he loves fireworks and knowing there’s some waiting at the end of the wire, he just might speed up and lose focus. 

9. This Happy Goat.

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Look at this guy…he’s so happy and full of hope for Wallenda to make it to the end of the walk. With eyes like that, there is a lot of pressure on Wallenda not to disappoint him.

10. Buffalo Weather.

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When you are walking in the 716, you have to be prepared for just about anything. While we should be far enough removed from snow in August, you never really know. 

 

As you can see, Skywalk Erie County Fair could prove to be quite the challenge for Nik Wallenda. Be there to see this one time spectacular stunt  on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the 175th Erie County Fair. And don’t think this is your average county fair…its the Best Fair Ever!  With Nik Wallenda will be walking over it in addition to all the rides, games, food, and excitement fairgoers have come to love this is a not to miss summer event.

For more information about this exciting stunt visit WallendaWalksTheFair.com.

 

 

Fair Traffic Alert- NEW TRAFFIC PLAN

Friday, August 8th, 2014

ERIE COUNTY FAIR CREATES NEW TRAFFIC PLAN FOR QUINBY DRIVE

 Starting Friday, August 8, guests coming to the Fair will not be able to use Quinby Drive to access entrance to the Erie County Fair. New traffic patterns have been developed to help ease traffic congestion and assist in local traffic, all with the safety of our guests in mind.

Patrons heading to the Fair southbound on South Park Avenue (Route 62) will see signs directing them  past Quinby Drive and instructing them to proceed to the main Fair entrance or they can continue to Clark Street and enter the grounds via Gate 5.  Patrons headed southbound on McKinley Parkway will encounter signs directing them past Quinby Drive to utilize the next two Fair gate entrances on the right hand side or they may park in lots across from The Fairgrounds.

The Fair has more than doubled the capacity of parking adjacent to McKinley Parkway including the lot across from Gate 1, which is now managed by the Fair.

For purposes of exiting the grounds from Gates 3 or 4, patrons will continue to use the two designated Quinby Drive exits.

Quinby Drive will remain open and accessible for local residential and business traffic.  

This traffic plan has resulted from collaboration between the Erie County Fair and the Town of Hamburg Police Department, Town of Hamburg Emergency Management, Erie County Highway Department, NYS Department of Transportation, Standard Parking Plus and the office of the Erie County Sheriff.

 

 Thank you for your cooperation!