Archive for the ‘2011 Erie County Fair’ Category


Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The Erie County Fair is a proud recipient of seven prestigious first place awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) in the areas of Communications, Agriculture and Competitive Exhibits.  The IAFE is headquartered in Springfield, MO. 

 Award of Distinction for Communications – there are a total of twenty one award categories for the Communication Awards.

  •    2011 Erie County Fair Website (

Awards of Distinction for Agriculture – there are a total of thirteen award categories for Agriculture

  •   Special or Specific Agricultural Educational Event, Exhibit or Program for the Fairgoing Public – Daily Calf Feeding in Ag-Sperience
  •   Non-Fair Agricultural Event or Program – Farm 2 Table

Awards of Distinction for Competitive Exhibits – there are a total of nine award categories for Competitive Exhibits

  •     Use of Fair’s Theme Throughout Competitive Exhibits
  •     Interactive Competitive Exhibit – Watermelon Carving Contest
  •     Competitive Exhibit Display Photo

·         Competitive Exhibit Display Photo Series

Additionally, the Erie County Fair was awarded the ‘Competitive Exhibits Supreme Champion’; this awarded to the fair with the highest number of points awarded in all categories.

 Fifty seven Fairs in three countries compete and the entries are evaluated and judged by a team of industry leaders.  These individuals are selected from the membership of International Association of Fairs and Expositions, which has over 3,000 members from around the globe.  The Erie County Fair is seated in the top division (Division 5) based on the 1,053,150 attendance from the 2011 Fair.

 The awards were presented during the Awards Reception on November 30, 2011, during the 121St annual IAFE Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Erie County Fair takes great pride in being selected for this prestigious honor.

 The purpose of these competitions is to encourage fair members to share methods, ideas, in an effort to improve and enhance communications and programs at fairs.

 The Agricultural Fair and Expo Industry is not only very important to rural and urban economies globally, but also is steeped in tradition and has a tremendously positive impact on the social well being of our rural and urban society.

 The 2012 Erie County Fair dates will be August 8th – 19th, and the theme will be “Wild About The Fair.”


Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The annual ‘Community Giving Project” at the Erie County Fair collected  hundreds of handmade items.   This year the Erie County Fair proudly donated the 235 items (hats, scarves, mittens, & blankets) to the Friends of the Night People of Buffalo on behalf of those generous guests. 

 Friends of the Night People is a charitable organization that helps the poor, homeless and destitute in Buffalo, New York. They provide food, clothing, medical care, counseling and hope to those in need. All services are provided free of charge without a sliding income scale. They rely on the generosity of volunteers and contributors.

This project was created in 2009 in an effort to help provide some cold weather accessories to the less fortunate.   The items were donated to the Friends of the Night People on November 15th.  Joe Heary, Executive Director of the Friends of Night People, offered sincere gratitude on behalf of the organization.  In the past the Erie County Fair has donated items to the St. Vincent DePaul Society and The Buffalo City Missions. With this year’s donation to the Friends of the Night People just over 1,000 items have been collected and donated.


Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

For the ninth year, the Dodge and Jeep Dealers of Western New York (WNY) are matching dollar for dollar, up to $15,000, the amount of money raised at the Kids Escaping Drugs (KED) prize wheel from the Erie County Fair. This year, the total amount raised at the fair was an outstanding $17,730, which brings the grand total to $32,730.

  “Dodge and Jeep’s commitment to our charity and the WNY community is so important,” states JoAnne Hudecki, the Executive Director for KED, “because of our partnership, Dodge and Jeep are helping our local teenagers lead sober, healthy lives and putting families back together, and for that, our organization is extremely grateful.”

 For more information or for pictures, contact the KED office at (716) 827-9462 or log on to the Kids Escaping Drugs’ new website at

Thank You for Another Great Fair!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

The Erie County Fair would like to thank everyone who came and made this Fair one of the best yet!

We have broken last years attendance record this year with a total of 1,053,150 people coming through our gates  and we hope that each and everyone of them had a great time.

Our 12 day event opened with a sold out Grandstand for Big Time Rush and closed with the Fair tradition of the World’s Largest Demolition Derby and we had a ton of fun in between. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves, ate their fill of Fair food and are already counting down the days to next year! We are.

“Fair”well until next year and we hope to see you Opening Day 2012 on August 8th!

Thanks Again!

2011 Firefighter’s Day Parade Results

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

2011 Firefighter’s Day Parade Results

Marching Units

Best Appearing Fire Co. 5-10

  1. Hutchinson Hose
  2. Colden
  3. Sloan
  4. West Falls

 Best Appearing Fire Co. 11-20

1.      Orchard Park
2.      Colden
West Falls

Best Appearing Fire Co. 21 and over

  1. Sheridan Park
  2. Hillcrest
  3. Ellwood
  4. Newton Abbott

 Most Firefighters in a Line

  1. Depew

 Best Appearing Fire Fighters Color Guards (attached)

  1. Big Tree
  2. Hamburg
  3. Arcade
  4. Marilla

 Best Appearing Fire Co. Auxiliary 5-15

  1.  Lake Erie Beach
  2. Vigilant

 Best Appearing Fire Co. Auxiliary Color Guards (attached)

  1. Ellwood
  2. Lake Erie Beach

 Musical Units

Senior Drum Corps

  1. Pine Hill Drum Corp.

 Senior Bands

  1. Marilla Fire Department

 School Age Bands (no member over 21 years of age)

  1. Erie County Fair Pepsi Band

 Continental Units (Bagpipes, Bugle and Fife)

  1. Caledonia Pipe Band
  2. Erie County Sheriff

 Cadence Units, Fire Dept. Class A (With Bells and Drums Min. 4 pieces)

  1. Lancaster Fire Department
  2. Lake Shore Fire Department
  3. Bowmansville Fire Department

 Cadence Units (Non-Firematic) (With Bells and Drums Min. 4 pieces)

  1. Renegades


Marching Units
Best Appearing Fire Co. Jr’s or Explorer Units

  1. Lake Erie Beach
  2. Hamburg

 Best Appearing Color Guards (All other marching units)

  1. Renegades

 Best Appearing Men and Women Marching Units (Outside the Country or USA)

1.      Machias

2.   Arcade

 Longest Distance

  1. Machias


  1. Alden Fire Co.
  2. Millgrove Fire Co.
  3. West Valley

 Hand Drawn

  1. Alden Hose Co.
  2. Machias


Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Have you ever wanted to participate in one of the Erie County Fair’s most iconic events?

Here is your chance! JM Productions and the Erie County Fair are looking for participants for this year’s World’s Largest Demolition Derby!

 We are looking for fearless drivers who want to crash their cars for prize money and the glory of being crowned CHAMPION!

If you want to partake in automobile mayhem and compete until only one remains then call JM Productions at (716) 648-5100 for more details.

We hope to see you at this years World’s Largest Demolition Derby!

Big Kahuna: A burger made out of WHAT?

Friday, July 29th, 2011

big-kahuna-donut-burger.jpgThe Fair is famous for its food. From the classic fried dough to the wild and crazy there is something for everyone!

New at this year’s Fair is the Big Kahuna Burger and you will never believe what it is made of….

The contents of the burger are average lettuce, tomato, cheese, bacon on a hamburger, however, the bun is replaced by glazed donuts!

That’s right glazed donuts will be holding your sandwich together as you munch on it while walking through the Fair.

 If you love trying the newest most unique foods on the Fairgrounds, you will not want to miss this!

 Check out the Big Kahuna Burger on 42nd Street across from the Expo Hall.

Celebrating Another Fair with the James E. Strates Midway

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

ferris-wheel1.jpgEvery Erie County Fairgoer knows the iconic Ferris Wheel that stands greeting guests in the morning and illuminating the night sky as they head home for the night, but not many know the story behind this Fairgrounds monument.  The Ferris Wheel is one of over 70 rides, shows and attractions that make up the James E. Strates Midway.  

James E. Strates began his travelling carnival business in 1923. He ran the operation until his death when he passed it to his son. The company continues to be family owned and operated in the manor Mr. Strates intended it to be for almost 90 years.

  The Midway travels from city to city via railroad. It is the only railroad carnival in the United States. Fairgoers look forward to the day the Strates train pulls into Erie County and the mayhem begins. Strates workers are capable of unloading and reloading the train in around 18 hours. 

 The 61 car train travels 6,500 miles each and every season and the tour stops at around 16 cities.  

The James E. Strates Midway is constantly changing with new technology and innovations.   For 2011 they will be introducing four exciting new rides as well as a new system for paying for rides!  

New Rides This Year!  One of the new rides is the Happy Swing. It gives the playground favorite an upgrade that makes it fun for kids and adults like. Climb on board what appears to be an ordinary porch swing but turns out to be anything but. The Windjammer Slide, standing 22 feet tall, will also be added to the Strates inflatable lineup.  The Ali Baba will take fairgoers on a thrilling magic carpet ride. And finally, the Sky Flyer will lift riders 50 feet in the air in a swirling, twirling vertical swing ride. These are not your average flying swings. 

New Strates Shows Fun Card! strates-shows-fun-card.jpgAlso, this year Strates is introducing the new Strates Fun Card. It is a more convenient way to pay for your rides. Just purchase one card for the whole family by turning dollars into credits. Then as you board the ride the operator will simply swipe your card and you are on your way to fun. No more fumbling around and counting tickets!

 Purchase your Fun Card by August 8th online and receive 30 credits for just $20. Starting August 9, credits are 1 credit for $1 or 40 credits for $30 and they can be purchased at any of the Strates ticket booths.  . Credits can be redeemed everyday of the Fair but do expire at closing on August 21st. Fun Cards are redeemable on RIDES only.  

Tops One Price Ride Days!  They are back! Tops Friendly Markets One Price Ride Days! This year every weekday is a One Price Ride Day. Just bring your original Tops receipt to the Ticket Booth on the top of the Avenue of Flags and receive an all day ride pass for just $20. That is a $5 savings! Each rider needs their own original Tops receipt to receive the discount. 

The Midway is one of the most iconic parts of the Erie County Fair. All your favorites are here from classic rides to crazy sideshows and countless games. Make sure you save time in your busy day at the Erie County Fair to enjoy the James E. Strates Midway.

All New Mobile App Released

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The Erie County Fair has gone mobile with one of the first mobile phone applications for fairs in the United States.  A beloved tradition for over one million people each year, Fair guests will now be able to use their iPhone or Android smartphone to get the latest information on exhibitors, events, and all the excitement at the Fair, Hamburg Casino, The Event Center, Showplex and Buffalo Raceway.  Download the free app today for your iPhone at or your android at


Here are some of the many fun and useful features Fair visitors can do from the free mobile app:

·                     Find where they parked their car

·                     Facebook integration

·                      GPS map of the Fairgrounds

·                     Get the most current information on daily highlights

·                     Search for a show, exhibit or favorite food item.

·                     An alphabetical listing of all the Fair exhibitors.

Users have already had excellent comments about the app!

One user comments: “This is an awesome app! Will certianly make everything easy to find! Cannot wait to actually use it during the fair!!!!!!”


Looking for employment, Erie County Fair needs your help…

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The Erie County Fair is in search of cleaning personnel.

Must 18 year and older

Apply at the Fairgrounds by August 1 (it would be nice if the application could be printed from online) or in person at the Potillo trailer, located behind the Maintenance shop,  Work begins August 2 through the end of the Fair.  Rate of pay is Minimum wage.

For more information contact 352-227-8130