Archive for June, 2015

Farm 2 Table Educates More than 16,000

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Like most success stories, Farm 2 Table had very humble beginnings. It was an experiment to start. Invite kids  to the The Fairgrounds invited students for a half day field trip that groupwould provide hands on activities that taught about agriculture. The field trip was (and continues to be)  free to schools, including a subsidy for busing. The schedule quickly filled with classes and before anyone knew kids were running through the grounds petting pigs, planting vegetables, measuring horses, and sampling maple syrup. While the days were chilly, and the barns were just that-barns it was quickly apparent that something great was happening!

Kids, many for the first time, were able to come face to face logo-colorwith livestock and receive an age-appropriate understanding of how food and other products start on the farm. Program organizers knew they were on the right track when kids stared in wonder when told chocolate milk did not in fact come from brown cows or when heated debates broke out discussing whether a tomato is a fruit or vegetable!

Those first two weeks were trying but rewarding. 650 students came through and there were plenty of wrinkles to iron out- but the guts were good and the heart of the program was in the right place. So it moved forward growing continually for the next three school years.

At the end of the 2013 Erie County Fair the barns that previously held the Farm 2 Table program were torn down to make way for what would become the largest construction project on the Fairgrounds to date. This meant Farm 2 Table was a bit displaced- but not cancelled. Farm 2 Table 2 Go was born and traveled throughout WNY to classrooms directly. Kids would have a hands-on activity and presentation right at their desk. As the miles rolled on the program saw 6,700 kids that school year.

August 1, 2014 marked the Grand Opening of the Agriculture Discovery Center. The 60,000 square foot building was set to become Farm 2 Table’s new home. With a permanent indoor facility, the program was able to expand. Farm 2 Table was held just two weeks twice a year during those initial years (and even then it was a bit chilly some days). Now with the ADC, the program had the ability to run October-June for the first two weeks of each month. This allowed for 68 days of learning and welcomed 6,500 kids through the doors over the 2014-2015 school year.3

The lessons each month varied from  November’s Thanksgiving on the Farm, to celebrating spring with plants, and capping off the year with National Dairy Month in June. Kids had the opportunity to get up close to livestock, make crafts, sample produce, and so much more!

tall

Sessions began at 10:00am. Each day had three grade appropriate sessions that involved a presentation followed by a hands-on activity. The day finished with a bagged lunch brought from home. Kids leave Farm 2 Table with a bag full of the activities they completed that day as well as a ticket to visit the Erie County Fair with a parent to continue their agriculture education.

In just 5 years Farm 2 Table (and Farm 2 Table 2 Go) has educated 16,959 students! Sessions, which are still free for schools to participate in, are now being offered to grades K-5. Spaces are already limited for the 2015-2016 school year, but teachers who wish to enroll their class may do so here.

Over the years Farm 2 Table has been proudly produced by the Erie County Agricultural Society, but none of it would be possible without the incredible volunteers. Over the past year 32 volunteers logged more than 1,700 hours. These folks have become as much a part of the program as the name itself and the Fairgrounds is lucky to have such a dedicated core of people who have made Farm 2 Table a true success!

The commitment to agriculture continues this summer with the Grand Opening of Little Hands on the Farm.  This interactive kid-sized farm will give children the opportunity to participate in a variety of “chores” and activities that will teach them about the different facets of farms. At the end of the experience kids will sell their farm products and be able to purchase themselves a snack as payment for all their hard work. While the project will debut at the Fair, Little Hands on the Farm will welcome visiting schools and day cares throughout the year (weather permitting).

 

Exclusive Fair Discounts Available at Tops Friendly Markets

Friday, June 5th, 2015

TOPS_Friendly_Markets_cmykThrifty fans of the Fair will be able to take advantage of savings on gate admission and Strates Shows Midway ride vouchers. Beginning Saturday, June 6 and ending Tuesday, August 11, area Tops Friendly Markets will offer advanced sale gate admission vouchers and weekday one price ride day wristband vouchers. Tops Friendly Markets will be the only retail outlet to offer these discounts in advance of the 2015 Erie County Fair, August 12th -23rd.

CN5H0444

Tops will offer adult and senior advance sale admission vouchers. Adults will pay $7 and seniors (60+) will pay $5 for admission to the Fair. The vouchers can be redeemed at any gate, any day and at any time of the 2015 Erie County Fair.  Regular price admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (60+).

Strates Shows and Tops Friendly Markets will be offering an advance sale Weekday One Price Ride Day wristband voucher. Fairgoers

who are planning on attending the Fair on a weekday (Monday-Friday) can purchase their One Price Ride Day Voucher for the discount price of $25. These vouchers can be redeemed on the midway any weekday (Monday-Friday) for one ride all day wristband.  Regular priced weekday wristbands are $30.

Fairgoers looking to take advantage of these discounts can request them from their cashier at checkout.

Click here for more information.

Motor Events Announced- Tickets On Sale Tomorrow!

Friday, June 5th, 2015

As per tradition the last four nights of the Erie County Fair are reserved for crashing, pulling, revving, and all around destruction, and 2015 proves to be no different. Motor events will take place inside the GUSTO Grandstand. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 6 at 10:00am.

The 2015 Motor Event lineup is as follows

August 20. Ultimate Night of Destruction. This exciting event features a double figure 8 race, as well as bus, compact car and SUV demolition derby events. Time: 7:00pm Tickets: $16 General Admission, kids 12 and under FREE, with paid adult

August 21 and 22. Lucas Oil Truck and Tractor Pull ft. WNY Pro Pullers (presented by General Tire). Two pulls, two days; the Truck and Tractor Pull will feature six classes of high powered trucks and tractors pulling for the title and cash prizes. Both events will have local pullers. Time: 6:00pm (both shows) Tickets: $20 pit passes, $16 infield, $12 grandstand*, *kids 12 and under FREE, with paid adult

August 23. World’s Largest Demolition Derby. The day will host both an afternoon and evening derby involving more than 100 cars. Drivers come from WNY and beyond to compete to win prizes for both the longest lasting car and the best looking car. At both shows this year, there will also be an all new Modified Team Derby. Time: 1:00pm and 6:00pm Tickets: $20

Tickets may be purchased online through ecfair.org, in person at the Event Center Box Office on the Fairgrounds, or over the phone by calling 1-888-223-6000.

For more information regarding the shows and grandstand policy visit www.ecfair.org. Grandstand event tickets purchased prior to the day of the event, grant the ticket holder FREE admission on the day of the show.

BUY Tickets