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Searching for journalism or communication majors to be Media Escorts for the Erie County Fair

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Erie County Fair is looking for ten interns to work with The Fairgrounds’ Marketing Department primarily as media escorts and to assist in various marketing projects and public relations duties for the Fair, which will run August 11-22, 2010. An informative session will be held on Monday, May 17, 5-7PM and Wednesday, May 26, 2:30-5PM in the Meeting Room B and C of the Event (Agri) Center on the Fairgrounds in Hamburg.  Details of the internship will be explained and interviews will be held on the spot. Students majoring in marketing, communications, journalism, public relations or a related field should consider applying.  Applicants must possess excellent written and verbal communication skill, be self motivated and have a flexible schedule with the ability to work a minimum of 15 hours per week.  The position will run from August 7 through August 23, 2010 with two orientation sessions prior to that. Interested students need only attend one session and should bring a resume to the orientation session.  For more information, please call 716.649.3900 ext. 261 or

Marching Band Audition Date is June 2

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Auditions will take place on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 between 5pm and 9pm in the Agri-Center on The Fairgrounds in Hamburg, New York. Please be prepared to audition with a solo of your choice of at least a NYSSMA level 3. All major scales and a sight-reading selection will be included in the audition. Please bring your instrument (percussionists bring a practice pad) and an extra copy of the solo. Those auditioning for color guard will be learning a short flag/dance routine. Please bring your own flag if possible. 

There will be a parent/member orientation on Monday, June 7th at 6:00pm.The first rehearsal will immediately follow the orientation, and will last until approximately 8:00pm. The tentative rehearsal schedule will be every Monday and Wednesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. You will receive a detailed schedule at the parent/member orientation.

Please see your band director for an application or email We hope you can join us for what will be a fantastic summer!

Just Announced – Rock N Roll Hall of Famer THE FOUR TOPS To Perform A Free Concert

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The Four Tops will perform a FREE concert (with gate admission) on Wednesday, August 18th at 7:30 PM on the Grandstand at the Erie County Fair.

Originally named The Four Aims, when they began their career while in high school in Detroit, MI.  In 1956 The Four Aims changed their name to the Four Tops, so not to be confused with the Aims Brothers, when they signed with Chess Records. The first # 1 hit was “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” in 1965 and “Reach Out I’ll Be There” for the Motown label.  Other songs are, It’s the Same Old Song” is a 1965 hit single recorded for the Motown,  Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)“, 1973 hit single for the ABC/Dunhill record label.

This group has received many accolades including an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990  and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999; additionally in 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked them 79th on their list of 100 greatest artists of all time. And in 2005, the Four Tops were inducted into Michigan’s Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.

The Four Tops were together from 1953 until 1997 without a single change. The first change came with Lawrence Payton died on 6/20/97. The band continued with just three members under the name of The Tops. In 1998 Theo Peoples (formerly of The Temptations) was recruited for the fourth member of the group.In 2000 Levi Stubbs suffered a stroke (Stubbs died on October 17, 2008), Peoples took over the led singing spot and Ronnie McNier filled Lawrence Payton’s position in the group. When Benson died of lung cancer on July 1, 2005, Payton’s son Roquel Payton replaced Benson.   Since 2006, Fakir, McNeir, Payton and Peoples continue to perform together.  The only original surviving member of the group is Abdul “Duke” Fakir.

Audition Date Set For Pepsi-Cola Marching Band

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Auditions for the 2010 Erie County Fair Pepsi-Cola Marching Band will take place on Monday, June 2 from 5-9pm in the Event (Agri) Center.

All WNY high school students (grades 9-12) that play clarinet, flute, piccolo, saxophone, cymbals, trumpet, bass drum, snare drum, trombone, tuba, bells, french horn, sousaphone, mellophone, quads or euphonium and color guards that are invited to try out for the 2010 season.

 Approximately 80 musicians will be accepted; students need to be available to play at various events during the Erie County Fair, which runs August 11-22, including the Daily Parade and various events throughout the community in July and August.  There will also be rehearsals twice per week in June.

Applications are available at all Erie County High Schools or by calling Russ Marquart at (716) 649-3900 ext 403.  Applications must be submitted to by May 22, 2010 to Erie County Fair, Pepsi Cola Marching Band, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, NY 14075.

Just Announced – Grammy Award Winner Peter Frampton Coming to the Erie County Fair

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Make sure you keep August 11 open so that you will be on hand to see one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history perform on the Grandstand at the Erie County Fair.    

His newest album Thank You Mr. Churchill is due out April 27 and is of an autobiographical nature that takes him back to the beginning, literally.

Tickets will be just $30/$15 and will go on sale at a later date.  Tickets purchased in advance will include free admission to the Fair on the day of the show.   

All New Craft Area Coming To The Fair

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

This year at the Erie County Fair, there will be a new area for Crafters.  The outdoor Craft Area will be open from 10am-10pm daily, set in a small town quaint setting against the backdrop of the Historical Building. 

We are looking to feature crafters of homemade arts and crafts including, but not limited to, jewelry, personlized bibs, hand blown glass, home decor and even items for pets.

We are offering a very reasonable booth fee for any crafter wishing to be a ground breaker for this exciting new area.  If you are interested in bringing your hand crafted items this year, click here for more info, email or call (716) 649-3900 ext 402.

How about planting a garden?

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Spring has sprung!  Now’s the time to start thinking about your summer garden!  While the average last frost date for WNY is still a few weeks away (all of Erie County should be in the clear after May 10), you can definitely start starting your seeds indoors in the next couple of weeks. 

Are you new to gardening?  You wouldn’t believe it, but planting enough veggies for your family this summer isn’t that hard!  Here’s a few easy to grow veggies that do well in all kinds of spaces, both large and small: tomatoes, lettuces, beans, peas, peppers, spinach, and summer/zucchini squash.  Having a homegrown garden is rewarding, money saving, fun, and best of all, it can win you cash prizes!  Every year during the fair backyard gardeners can enter the Erie County Fair’s Plant Science competitions and earn that coveted blue ribbon.  Information can be found at   So get growing Western New York!

Find out more information here at the Cornell Cooperative Extension website..

Fair Camp applications being accepted…

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Have you ever wondered what it is like to sleep in the barns at the Erie County Fair, or to take care of those precious animals that stay right there too?  What about riding in the parade or seeing just how cotton candy and taffy is made?  Well, now here’s your chance!

The Erie County Fair is inviting all 8, 9, and 10 year olds to fill out an application for the chance to be one of the “campers” chosen in the second (2) year of Fair Camp.  Campers (& their same sex parent or guardian) will sleep in the barns, help take care of the Ag-Sperience animals, have the opportunity to show a calf, learn more about that yummy fair food, and even ride in the parade.  Campers & their guardians will come away from the ultimate Fair Camp experience with a greater knowledge of agriculture and livestock, not to mention and inside view of the great Erie County Fair, through hands-on activities under the supervision of qualified staff (camp counselors).

The Erie County Fair will choose lucky participants to camp on the Fairgrounds for 2 nights and participate in actual farm “chores” of all types, for FREE!! For 2010, campers can choose between August 13, 14, 15 or August 20, 21, 22.

For more information call Jessica Underberg, 716-649-3900 ext. 407 or email

Erie County Fair Scholarship Applications Available

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Looking for some money to go to college?  The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsor of the Erie County Fair, and Fairgrounds Gaming will be giving out $14,000 in scholarship money this year.  High school seniors and/or college students can be eligible for this money.  Students who are actively involved in Erie County Fair activities (including, but not limited to; junior exhibit competition, Erie County Fair Marching Band, 4-H or F.F.A. Fair activities) and are high school seniors residing in and attending a high school in Erie County or a student attending college, through their junior year are eligible for our scholarship program.

Hurry, applications are due April 16, 2010!

Download an application here.

If you have any questions regarding this scholarship program, please feel free to contact Russell Marquart, CFE at 649-3900 ext 403.

Jamey Johnson to perform a free concert at the 2010 Erie County Fair

Monday, February 8th, 2010


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Jamey Johnson in a free concert


  • August 16, 2010
  • 8:00pm
  • FREE Concert with gate admission
  • Johnson was nominated for the 2009 CMA Awards New Artist of the Year, and has been nominated for the 2010 Academy of Country Music Top New Solo Vocalist.
  • Johnson co- wrote with Bill Anderson and Cannon, George Straits’ #1 hit “Give It Away”, which was Straits’ 41st #1 on the Billboard Country charts, setting a new record for most #1 on that chart.
  • In 2008 Johnson released the album, That Lonesome Song, which was only available online. The album drew the attention of Mercury Nashville Records, who signed him to record deal in 2008.
  • His first single for Mercury Nashville Records, was “In Color,” co-written by Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller and James Otto. “In Color” was released in March 2008 and peaked at #9 on the Country chart in January 2009.
  • Jamey Johnson signed to BNA Records in 2005, and made his debut with his single “The Dollar”, the title track to his 2006 album The Dollar, went on to peak at #14 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.