Archive for April, 2015

Homebrew Competition Winners Announced!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

An American Pale Ale brewed by North Tonawanda’s John Crossett and Brian Millville from Niagara Falls beat out the competition to win “Best In Show” in the Erie County Fair’s 2015 Home Brew Competition. The competition, only in its second year, drew 112 homebrew entries. Entries were evaluated by 16 professional beer judges on April 24th and 25th at the Fairgrounds.

“A well-made American pale ale without any major flaws, very drinkable,” cited one of the judges. “The beer features a toasty and slightly caramel malt backbone accompanied by moderate hop bitterness.”

OIMG_4911nce crowned “Best In Show,” the winner submitted the beer’s recipe to the professional brew master at Flying Bison Brewery.  Flying Bison will analyze the winning recipe to ensure that it is commercially and legally producible. In addition, an attempt will be made to brew the winning beer with all New York State sourced products. Kegged product will be offered by Try-It Distributing to Western New York establishments for public purchase prior to the Fair. During the Erie County Fair on premise locations will feature the award winning beer.


“This is an exciting opportunity for both local home brewers and for our craft brewery,” said Dennis Brinkworth, Market Development Manager for Flying Bison. “We share in the passion generated by the home brewing community for quality and unique tasting brews. Our partnership with the Erie County Agricultural Society is another way we can celebrate home grown talent.”

The judging of home brewed beer is just one of the competitions held annually by the Erie County Fair. In 2015, over 12,000 entries are expected to be received and judged by the Fair’s Competitive Exhibits Office. The wide range of ribbon winning categories include agriculture, conservation and creative arts among others.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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The Fairgrounds Agriculture Education Team has worked for the past five years on a children’s Farm 2 Table program. These programs are geared towards children in grades K-5 and focus on exlporing the role agriculutre plays in our lives.  Steaming from the success of this program the Team has developed Adult Ag-ucation. Designed in the same spirit of Farm 2 Table, Adult Ag-ucation will explore agriculture topics in an innovative and hands on way.

Classes will take place in the state-of-the-art Agriculture Discovery Center. This 60,000 square foot facility on the Fairgrounds opened in 2014. The building features interactive exhibits as well as stalling facilities for livestock shows. The Farm Focus room is a classroom like setting that will provide the back-drop for Adult Ag-ucation classes.


When: June 22 & 24

Time: 7:00pm- 8:30pm

Where: Agriculture Discovery Center

Cost: $25.00


With a rich history of over 3,000 years, chocolate continues to fascinate and delight people around the world. After a brief history lesson, we’ll follow the process from bean to bar and learn what makes chocolate a true delight. Learn how to taste chocolate and enjoy all its nuances. We’ll pair chocolates with wines, taste unusual gourmet chocolates from around the world, and sample various recipes made with chocolate. Please bring a small container such as a cookie tin to take home uneaten samples.

*minimum of 15 people and maximum of 25.

Restricted to guests 21 and older

All Guests Must Be Registered by June 7


When: June 29 & July 1

Time: 7:00pm- 8:30pm

Where: Agriculture Discovery Center

Cost: $5.00


Learn how to prepare your flowers for the Fair! Work with horticulture judge, Chris Hartman, on the correct way to cut and display your flowers. Chris will cover all of the important details for any level entries. She will go over stem length in proportion to flower bloom, flower details, judge specifications, rules and regulations, and so much more. Don’t miss out on this colorful class!

*Minimum 10 people and maximum 25.

 Restricted to guests 18 and older



When: July 6 & 8

Time: 7:00pm- 8:30pm

Where: Agriculture Discovery Center

Cost: $5.00


Do you have a small vegetable garden or field full of vegetables and always wanted to enter them in the Fair? Then this is the class for you! Jim Agle from Agle’s Farm Market in Eden will be using different vegetables fresh out of the field to show attendees how to get your vegetables ready for the Fair. Jim will show how to cut, clean, and layout a variety of vegetables. He will also educate the class on what to look for when picking your vegetables, the best way to display each type, judging specifications, and rules and regulations.

*Minimum 10 people and maximum 25.

Restricted to guests 18 and older



When: July 14 & 16

Time: 7:00pm- 8:30pm

Where: Agriculture Discovery Center

Cost: $15.00


Have you ever wanted to can your fresh fruits and vegetables, but didn’t know where to start? Well now is your chance. Learn and can either a Berry Jam or Salsa recipe with a lifelong canning instructor and culinary graduate. Christine Basile and Christy Basile will go through the necessary steps and details of what goes into canning. You will be able to take home your product, the recipe, and your new canning knowledge! 

*Minimum of 5 people and maximum of 10

Restricted to guests 18 and older


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Tickets on Sale Now!

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Today is the day- Erie County Fair Concert Tickets are on sale right now! 

Throughout the past weeks the Fair has been announcing the exciting acts that will be taking the Gusto Grandstand Stage as part of the National Grid Concert Series and after some time waiting, fans are finally able to get their hands on tickets for the shows.

Starting today you can get tickets to the following shows:

August 12- 3 Doors Down with Collective Soul


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August 13- Meghan Trainor with special guests Life of Dillon and Charlie Puth


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August 16- Little Big Town with special guests David Nail and Ashley Monroe


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August 17- ALABAMA


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Tickets for each show are $60 for Blue Ribbon Track and $45 for General Admission Grandstand and tickets purchased in advance include admission to the Fair on the day of the event.

There are three ways to get your tickets:

1. In Person– at the Event Center Box Office here on the Fairgrounds. Box Office hours are 9:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday

2. Online– through

3. Over the phone– call 1-888-223-6000 and have your payment information ready!

If you have questions about the Fair, concerts, or purchasing tickets- please, give us a call at 716-649-3900.

Don’t forget to use #ItsOurFair when you talk about us socially!- Thanks!

Concert Announcement: 3 DOORS DOWN

Monday, April 20th, 2015

3DD-2014-Promo-ShotThe Erie County Fair is excited to welcome 3 Doors Down with Collective Soul to the GUSTO Grandstand. These two rock bands will take the stage as part of the National Grid Concert Series on Opening Day of the 2015 Fair, Wednesday, August 12. The show will begin at 8:00pm.

Despite forming in 1995, 3 Doors Down didn’t hit the airwaves until the 2000 album release of The Better Life. The album, which launched the band’s career turned out the smash hit “Kryptonite” and is now certified six times platinum. Two years later 3 Doors Down found success again upon the release of Away from the Sun with the hits “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.”

Through the years 3 Doors Down has released five studio albums, all of which hit the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. The band has sold 16 million albums 3DD_BlockLogoworldwide and is currently working on their sixth, with hopes to add to that total. At the end of the decade 3 Doors Down was named #30 on Billboard’s Artists of the Decade (Best of the 2000s).

Collective Soul came out of Georgia in 1993. Shortly after forming the band was signed to Atlantic Records and turned out their first studio album Hits Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. “Shine” was the debut single from the record and it propelled Collective Soul to, what is going on three decades of, success.

The band’s second album was self-titled and became the most successful album the group produced to date. Debuting in 1995, Collective Soul featured hits “December,” “Where the River Flows,” and “The World I Know.”  The album itself remained on the Billboard 200 for seventy-six consecutive weeks.

Collective Soul is currently working on their sixth studio album See What You Started by Continuing, which will be released sometime this year.

Tickets for this show as well as the Meghan Trainor, Little Big Town, and ALABAMA concerts will go on sale on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:00am.  

Tickets for these shows will be $60.00 for Blue Ribbon Track Tickets and $45.00 for General Admission Grandstand Tickets. Grandstand tickets purchased in advance include free admission to the Fair on the day of the show.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Fairgrounds Event Center, online through or, phone orders can be made at 1-888-223-6000.

Questions regarding concerts, tickets, seating, and policy can be directed to the Erie County Fair Offices at (716) 649-3900.

Erie County Fair Concert Tickets On Sale April 24

Thursday, April 16th, 2015


The Erie County Fair has announced four concerts as part of the National Grid Concert Series. One of these concerts is free, but there are two more free shows to still be announced. There is another headline concert to be announced on Monday April 20, 2015. The lineup to date has artists ranging from traditional country to Top 40, and offers something for everyone.

As excitement for these shows builds, the Erie County Fair announces that tickets to Meghan Trainor, Little Big Town, and ALABAMA will go on sale to the public on Friday, April 24 at 10:00am  EST. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Fairgrounds Event Center Box Office, online via or, or over the phone at 1-888-223-6000.


Blue Ribbon Track Reserved tickets are $60.00 and General Admission Grandstand tickets are $45.00 for each show. Tickets purchased prior to the date of the show grant the ticketholder FREE admission to the Fair on the day of the show.

The GUSTO Grandstand lineup to date is as follows: Alabama-photo-hi-res

  • August 13- Meghan Trainor- 7:30pm
  • August 15- Night Ranger (FREE)- 7:30pm
  • August 16- Little Big Town with special guests David Nail and Ashley Monroe– 7:30pm
  • August 17- ALABAMA- 8:00pm

Questions regarding concerts and ticketing can be directed to the Erie County Fair Main Office at (716) 649-3900.

Concert Announcement: NIGHT RANGER

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Rock band Night Ranger has been added to the 2015 Erie County Fair concert lineup as part of the National Grid Concert Series. The concert is FREE, with gate admission. The band will be taking the stage August 15, 2015 at the GUSTO Grandstand with a show beginning at 7:30pm.

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Forming in San Francisco in the 1980s, Night Ranger has been a force on the music scene for more than three decades. In those years the group has released eleven studio albums and sold more than 17 million copies worldwide. The band’s widespread popularity was launched with 1983’s Midnight Madness. The album featured three of the band’s biggest hits, “Sister Christian,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America.” Night Ranger found its place at number 32 on Billboard’s 100 Best of the 80s.

The band continues to tour playing music reaching back to their beginnings. Unlike many other eighties bands of their kind, Night Ranger, has not stopped producing new music. Their latest album debuted in summer of 2014.