Archive for January, 2015

WNY Farm Show Returns to Fairgrounds

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

 

WNY Farm Show- February 5-7, 2015

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The Fairgrounds in Hamburg will host the 5th Annual WNY Farm Show. This three day event works to bring together some of the region’s best equipment providers and farm services with their customer base of agriculturalists, horticulturalists, and local  farmers. The show will offer seminars, activities for the kids, and concessions as well.

This show is free and open to the public.

The 2015 WNY Farm Show will take place February 5-7. The show will fill two buildings, the Showplex and Agriculture Discovery Center, which are both heated. Show hours are Thursday, February 5 from 9:00am-5:00pm, Friday, February 6 from 9:00am-7:00pm, and Saturday, February 7 from 9:00am-3:00pm.

More than seventy-five exhibitors, some traveling from as far as Iowa, will be offering a range of products and services geared towards all facets of agribusiness. Many of these vendors will be offering Farm Show specials, especially on heave equipment such as tractors, trailers, and combines. (Click here for a complete list of vendors)

Seminars will be scheduled throughout the run of the show. These seminars are free to attend and cover a multitude of topics. This year’s highlights include “Rules and Regulations of the Highway,” which will provide the latest information on hauling trailers

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from livestock to snowmobiles. Past president of the American Angus Association Phil Throwbridge will also be hosting a session “Beef Cattle Bull Selection.” Cabela’s will be teaming up with the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) for a seminar titled “Plotting a Plan for Success.” This talk will explain best practices for setting up food plots when hunting white-tailed deer. The QDMA focuses on safety, conservation, and the health of the environment when discussing hunting practices.

There is something for everyone at the WNY Farm Show, including the kids. The 60,000 square foot Agriculture Discovery Center will be open and full of activities. Kids will have the opportunity to milk a cow by hand using the simulator Milkable Mabel.

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Demonstrations will also be taking place on how cows are milked by robot. The Agriculture Discovery Center is also home to a combine simulator that allows guests to climb up and “drive” through a field of corn. There will also be hands on Ag-tivities for kids that combine learning and fun. This state of the art stalling and educational facility opened in August 2014, and is one of the largest of its kind in the region.

Guests navigating using a GPS should use the address 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, NY 14075. The gate for entry is located near the stoplight at the intersection of Quinby Drive and McKinley Parkway.

Erie County Fair Breaks the Top 10

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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With the close of 2014 came CarnivalWarehouse.com’s list of the largest Fairs in North America. The Erie County Fair found itself in eleventh place at the end of 2013 and was hoping the 175th celebration, which drew a record attendance (1,220,101), would push the Fair up into the Top 10.

Well, like a late  Christmas present, the list was published and the Erie County Fair is excited to announce that it has moved into tenth place! The Fair is in great company inside the Top 10, with many state fairs edging ahead. The Erie County Fair finished _A7U2201Number Three for largest  county fairs in North America.

This is the first time that the Erie County Fair has received such a high ranking on this list. The Fair found itself in 19th in 2009, and has been on an upward trajectory ever since. “This historic ranking is something that the entire Buffalo-Niagara region can take pride in accomplishing,” said Jessica Underberg, Assistant Fair Manager.

Beyond receiving a Top 10 ranking, the Erie County Fair won 31 awards at the International Association of  Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) annual convention, held this past December. The IAFE  has over 2,000 members.  The Erie County Fair competes in a division with all Fairs who have an attendance 1 million or higher. This puts the Erie County Fair in a category with many state fairs.  The awards are as follows. 

 

AGRICULTURAL AWARDS

1st Place – What was newly established or developed at your fair to promote agriculture

1st Place – Fair and Sponsor/Partner Joint Exhibit Program

1st Place – Printed Material

1st Place – Video of a Special or Unique Event for Exhibitors or the Fairgoing Public

1st Place – Agriculture Photo

2nd Place – Special or Specific Event for Agricultural Exhibitors

2nd Place – Special or Specific Agricultural Educational Event, Exhibit or Program for the Fairgoing Public

2nd Place – Program Designed to Correct an Issue or Problem Related/Competitive or Non-Competitive Ag Program

3rd Place – Consumer Awareness in the Agricultural Environment

3rd Place – Agriculture Photo Series- 5 photos of exhibitor with his prize winning cow

 

HALL OF HONOR COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS

1st Place – Unique Advertising Specialties/Merchandise/Souvenirs

1st Place – Web Advertising

1st Place – Overall Mobile Campaign

1st Place – Mobile App

2nd Place – Overall Social Media Campaign

2nd Place – Misc. Marketing/Promotional Display or Piece

3rd Place – Best Marketing Campaign

3rd Place – Promotional Advertising – Outdoor

3rd Place – Television

3rd Place – Promotional Poster

3rd Place – Printed Promotional Materials

3rd Place – Commemorative Poster

3rd Place – Promotional Event

 

COMPETITIVE EXHIBITS AWARDS

1st Place – Competitive exhibits display photo (tied)

2nd Place – General display photo

2nd Place – Display method or prop

2nd Place – New or unique division

2nd Place – Create it on the spot

2nd Place – Participatory contest

3rd Place – Unique contest

3rd Place – General display series

On behalf of the Erie County Fair, its staff, directors, and volunteers, THANK YOU WNY, for making this a must-visit summer attraction year after year! It is with your help that the Erie County Fair has grown to what it has become today, an internationally recognized event in both size and accolades. Thank you!