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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.


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.

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: LITTLE BIG TOWN

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

 The Erie County Fair is excited to announce LittleBigTown_2014that award winning country group Little Big Town will join the concert lineup in the GUSTO Grandstand.  The concert will take place on Sunday, August 16 at 7:30pm.

Little Big Town formed more than fifteen years ago in Alabama. The group known for their harmonizing vocals, catchy lyrics, and feel good beats made a big splash in country music in 2005 with the release of “Boondocks.” The success continued with the later release of “Little White Church,” which went on to be nominated for a Grammy.

The largest of Little Big Town’s albums was Tornado, released in 2010, which included the award winning song “Pontoon.”  The band consisting of, Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook, released their sixth studio album Pain Killer in late 2014. The album reached Number Three on US Country Music Charts with hits including “Day Drinking” and “Girl Crush.”

LBT2015The group has been nominated for 25 awards. From these nominations they took home the honors for CMA Vocal Group of the Year in 2012 and 2013, among others. Little Big Town is currently nominated for Vocal Group of the year at the upcoming American Country Music Awards (April 15, 2015).

Little Big Town is hitting the road on their second headline tour in 2015. Entitled “The Pain Killer Tour,” this round of shows hopes to outdo the sold out “Tornado Tour,” of 2013.

This show will include special guests David Nail and Ashley Monroe.

Information regarding ticket prices and when tickets will be available is still to be announced.




Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


With 2014 coming to a close, the Fairgrounds looks back on the top fourteen stories that made this year one of the best yet on the grounds. The stories are not in order of importance, but chronological instead. So take a journey through the past twelve months and relive some of the most exciting moments of the year!



The Buffalo Raceway was not without  excitement in 2014. In total seven track records were equaled or broken. The biggest of these feats was by far Gural Hanover lowering the all age trot mark to 1:56:1 as a 3 year old. 




The Fairgrounds is home to many exciting events, many of which return year after year. 2014, however, was extra special in that the Fairgrounds had the opportunity to host the NHPA World Horseshoe Tournament. More than 1,500 horseshoe pitching competitors from around the world made their way to the grounds for the 12 day competition. With pits lining the Event Center, and the constant clank of horseshoes hitting the pin, the competition was by far one of the most unique events the grounds have ever hosted. 


The 60,000 square foot Agriculture Discovery Center opened its doors becoming one of the largest buildings of its kind in the region. From livestock stalling to the fun (and educational) components, the ADC is one of the Fairgrounds’ greatest achievements in 2014. Opening its doors at the beginning of August, it was truly incredible to see the all of the hard work and creativity come together. 

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The celebration for this historic anniversary began in 2013, but the party really got started once 2014 hit. The Fair Truck made appearances throughout WNY, 17,500 wooden nickels were passed out, planning for the Fair was underway, and finally the time had come to really celebrate. From an opening night with the BPO, to honoring traditions, eating food, riding rides, and creating memories, the 2014 Erie County Fair was an incredible event.



For many years, days at the Fair ended its nights with dark skies. In 2014, the Erie County Fair was excited to bring back a crowd favorite, fireworks. With the help of Sklighters of New York, the Fair was able to feature three nights of incredible pyrotechnic showcases.  Could the tradition of illuminated skies continue into 2015….you will have to wait and see!


After more than a year in the making, the Erie County Fair Skywalk was the highlight of the 175th Fair. 125 Feet above the grounds Nik Wallenda made his way slowly from the Midway to the Grandstand in his longest walk of the year. For the first time ever there was silence on the grounds, that was until Wallenda made it to the crane and pumped his fist. A collective sigh could be heard before 100,000+ people let out a deafening cheer!


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The 175th Fair promised to be the BEST FAIR EVER, and it certainly delivered. The Fair’s attendance record was broken, yet, again with 1,220,101 people coming through the gates in just 12 days. 


The Showplex and Agriculture Discovery Center played host to the National Junior Swine Association’s regional show at the beginning of October. More than 250 hogs came from as far as Colorado to compete. Exhibitors and their families were treated to special events, such as a movie night in the Silo Theater, as well as a friendly but competitive Skill-a-thon testing everyone’s knowledge about pigs.



Farm 2 Table spent a good deal of the year on the road, while construction was completed on the ADC, however, in October the grade school program returned home to the Fairgrounds. In just three months the program has educated more than 2,000 students grades K-5 on everything agriculture from apples and turkeys, to Christmas trees! The program looks forward to an even bigger 2015.


Another holiday favorite at the Fairgrounds, Christmas in the Country Artisan Marketplace, opened its doors for its 30th year. While all of them haven’t been at the Fairgrounds, it is still  great to be part of this show’s long history!  In 2014, more than 30,000 visitors came to the grounds to get their hands on holiday gifts right as the shopping season began. 


It wasn’t just the Fairgrounds, it was all of WNY. The storm dropped nearly six feet of snow on the grounds causing quite a bit of havoc. From a downed barn to the postponement of the Festival of Lights the Fairgrounds did not get through unscathed. However, much like the incredible people of WNY, the Fairgrounds bounced back and are ready to rebuild bigger and better than ever! 


Celebrating a decade lighting up WNY’s holiday season, the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights opened its gates (a week late due to Snowvember) to families by the carload. The Festival celebrated by opening up the all new North Pole Experience. This walk through display led guests to Santa’s house, where they could meet the Big Guy himself. The Festival also featured shows, activities, rides, food, and of course more than one million twinkling lights.

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awards    After the hard work that poured into the 175th Erie County Fair, the Fairgrounds received honors at the IAFE (International Association of Fairs and Expositions)  Awards for Communications, Agriculture, and Competitive Exhibits. With the Fair bringing home more than a dozen awards in everything from the app to the ADC, it feels great to be recognized for the efforts put forth by the dedicated Fair staff. 


Through the Festival of Lights was postponed due to the Snowvember storm for a week, it didn’t stop guests from coming out by the carload. In 2014 the previous attendance record was shattered with 11,520 carloads coming through the gates and celebrating the season right here on the Fairgrounds.       

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer…

Thursday, October 9th, 2014


“…Is to sing loud for all to hear” –Buddy the Elf


The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights is looking for talented local choirs and music groups to perform this holiday season.

If you or someone you know is in a group that would like to perform apply today! Shows will be approximately 45 minutes in length and must include family friendly holiday music.  Bell choirs, school choirs, a cappella groups,  and other musical acts are welcome to apply.

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The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights runs select dates from November 27 to December 27 and there are multiple show times per date.  

Before and after your performance you and your friends and family can explore the Festival and all it has to offer. From a nearly two mile long drive through of light displays, to rides, activities, shows, shopping, and of course SANTA- the Festival of Lights has all the makings for a perfect winter evening.

Applications will be accepted until November 15th.  Apply  here!




Put the Erie County Fair on Your Bookshelf

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Think about it….its a cold winters night in Buffalo- you are sitting on your couch watching the snow fly with a cup of hot chocolate and in an instant your are transported to to the Erie County Fair. The snow turns to sunshine. The hot chocolate turns into a big helping of fried dough. Your flannel pajamas are suddenly summer wear matched with your most comfortable walking shoes….

What if this really could happen? BOOK

It can. Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series has a new edition: The Erie County Fair can transport its readers back to summer, back to the Fair. The book features images from the Erie County Fair’s archives dating back decades. From the way people dress to how animals were presented has changed noticeably throughout the years but what readers will find is that so much as stayed the same when it comes to the traditions of the Fair. 

No aspect of the Fair was left out. Whether it is the midway, food, animals, or entertainment that calls you home to the Fair each year this book will offer insight to the how the Fair transformed from humble beginnings to the eleventh largest Fair in North America.

You can pick up your copy of the book in area bookstores, independent retailers, through Arcadia Publishing (888-313-2665) or by clicking here.

This is a must have souvenir to commemorate the 175th Erie County Fair. It may be just what you need to battle the winter so it can be Fair-time once more!

Erie County Fair Announces Winners of Talent Contest

Thursday, August 30th, 2012


Mini Division

1st Place                Claire Gorman, Age 11, Hamburg                             

           Vocal          Flat on the Floor         

2nd Place               Madison Moonan, Age 8, Lackawanna                  

           Aero Solo    It’s all about Me

3rd Place               Luca Sullivan, Age 10, Elma                                          

           Vocal            Bullet Proof

4th Place               Emily Whelan, Age 10, Buffalo                                   

           Aero Solo    Beautiful Bird

5th Place               Mia Marshall, Age 7, Buffalo                                      

           Dance Solo   Joyful Noise


Maxi Division

1st Place                Harper Wells, Age 14, Elma

          Vocal     Give Your Heart a Break

2nd Place               Kendil Banks & Jon Rivera ~ Ages 18 & 19,    Buffalo

                                   Contemporary Duet  One & Only

3rd Place               Hayley Johnston & Heather Wood ~ Ages 16 & 17,  Buffalo

                                   Lyrical Duet         Someone Like You          

4th Place               Catie Raess, Age 27, Lancaster                                  


5th Place               Kim Gabel, Age 14, Lawtons                                       

          Vocal     Wine & Song                                     

Thank YOU for another WILD Fair!

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The Fair has ended just a few days ago and the grounds that were exploding with fried dough, music, rides, and fairgoers have been transformed back into a parking lot. To passerbys it looks as though the 2012 Fair has never happened but for the 1,031,750 of you that walked through our gates you know differently!

 The 2012 Erie County Fair celebrated new competitions, like WILD About Hair, saw some excellent concerts, like Boston, Blake Shelton, and Victoria Justice, and welcomed families, friends, neighbors and visitors from all over WNY and beyond. The Moo-turnity Ward welcomed five calves to the Erie County Fair family, the demolition derby demolished 140 cars and the Nerveless Nocks flew 40 feet above amazed crowds.

 Overall, the Fair was a huge success but it is not without the help of an amazing staff of people that work year round, come in just for Fair time and volunteer to insure the event goes off without a hitch.

However, what really makes the Fair such a WILD event is all of the Fairgoers! We wouldn’t throw a Fair anymore if no one came! And you came from everywhere!

We hope that you had a WILD time at the Erie County Fair and we truly hope to see you back here next year for the 2013 Fair. Mark your calendars- August 7-18! The Erie County Fair- Experience It!

Have a WILD day and a safe and happy year until we see you again!

PS. Click here if you want to see the Demolition Derby Results…we know a lot of you have been asking!

Welcome to the World Dustin and Dominic!

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

It was a busy night at the Ag-sperience Moo-turnity Ward! The Erie County Fair welcomed two calves overnight Saturday August 17, to the wee hours of the morning Sunday.

 First, Daisy the Jersey cow gave birth to a 60 pound calf named Dominic around 10pm Satruday night. The Moo-turnity staff was barely able to celebrate because just a few hours later Holstein, Peggy Sue, went into labor and delivered a 100 pound calf named Dustin at around 2am.

 For those who stuck around it was an exciting night that brought the 2012 Erie County Fair calf total to 5. There is still one more hefer in the Moo-turnity Ward but time is running out for her to give birth during this year’s Fair.

If you missed the delivery of the calves you can still catch all the cuteness in the Ag-sperience barn where all five calves and mothers are awaiting visitors. Don’t miss the 2012 Erie County Fair, which concludes today, August 18.

Have a WILD Day!

4-H Youth Winners

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

4-H is the nation’s largest non-school educational program for children with over 6.5 million members. In Erie County alone there are 1,600 kids participating in 110 chapters.

At the Erie County Fair the 4-H Youth Development members have taken part in several animal shows, with many more to come. If you want to see the results and who took home the blue ribbon you need to check out!