Archive for the ‘2012 Erie County Fair’ Category

Pie and Cookie Contest Winners!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

There are so many delicious options at the Erie County Fair when it comes to Food, but what if you could recreate some of these tasty treats right in your own kitchen?

 The Erie County Fair hosted  Pie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking contests on August 15 in the Clubhouse on the Fairgrounds. There were many entries and these award winners took home ribbons for having the most delicious apple pies and chocolate chip cookies.

 Simple click on the blue links and download the award winning recipes so you and your family can eat like you are at the Fair all year round!

 The following is the official press release:

ERIE COUNTY FAIR PIE BAKING AND COOKIE COMPETITION RESULTS    75 exhibitors entered a total of 34 pies and 41 varieties of chocolate chip cookies into the Erie County Fair Pie Baking Competition and the WILD about Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition on Wednesday, August 15th.  Below are the winners and their award winning recipes. SINGLE CRUST PIES:1st Place – Marcy Kamery of Derby, NY 2nd Place – Joanne Hoffman of Springville, NY
3rd Place – Barb Kamierczak of West Seneca, NY DOUBLE CRUST PIES: 1st Place – Monnie Geiger of North Collins, NY

2nd Place – Frank Scherer of Lancaster, NY

3rd Place – Karen Gold of Sloan, NY

 Chocolate Chip Cookies: 1st Place – Annemarie Johnson of Cheektowaga, NY

2nd Place – Monnie Geiger of North Collins, NY

3rd Place – Ann Geiger of Akron, NY

Cars Available for the Demolition Derby

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

If you have always wanted to participate in the Erie County Fair’s World Largest Demolition Derby, produced by JM Productions, here is your chance. Cars are available for purchase from two local retailers for just $300.

Purchase your car at Buffalo Auto Parts, 716-822-1111 or Gateway Recycling, 716-686-0419.

If you already have a car or for more entrant information contact JM Productions at 648-5100. 

The Demolition Derby will take place on August 19 at 1pm and 7pm at the Erie County Fair. The afternoon derby also features a bus derby.

For more information on the demolition derby or for tickets, check out our website,

A Giraffe made out of what??????

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Entries have been pouring in at the Erie County Fairgrounds and are beginning to fill up the Creative Arts Exhibit. There have been beautiful photos, amazing lego creations, detailed quilts and incredible paintings but there is one piece that really stands out…literally.  

Meet Abby’s giraffe…it is unlike anything that the Creative Arts Exhibit has seen before. It stands 8ft tall and you will be shocked to hear how she made it…its crocheted!!!

 Unbelievable, right? It took Abby, who is just 18, a whole month (she broke it down over several months but estimates that her time smushed togethter was about a month) to complete the creation. She crocheted all the pieces and her dad helped her build the framework.

Abby has been crocheting since she was little and was always facinated by the afghans on display at the Fair. She entered the Junior Bucket of Junk contest a few years ago and wanted to try her hand at getting another Blue Ribbon. She decided instead of crocheting a afghan she wanted to do something bigger…much bigger and chose to crochet an 8 foot structure of her favorite animal…the giraffe.

 She took the saying “go big or go home” literally with her large and creative entry.

Stop into the Creative Arts Exhibit to see this amazing entry and over 4,000 other creative pieces.

Want to meet Blake Shelton?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Who wouldn’t? He was named Male Vocalist of the Year, stars in the hit NBC show The Voice and is blowing up the radio with hit single after hit single!

 Head to your local AT&T store to enter to win…here’s what you’ll get:

  •  8 box seats to the Blake Shelton concert August 16 at the Erie County Fair
  • A limo ride too and from the concert
  • A meet-and-greet for you and your friends with Blake Shelton 

You only have until August 3rd to enter…so stop reading this and get to an AT&T store now!

Wild About Rides?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

As the Fair approaches there are a lot of questions about what is the best option for families when it comes to the Strates Midway at the Erie County Fair. Here is a quick guide to all your ride options so you can make the best choice for your family:

One Price Ride Days: Every weekday of the Fair is a One Price Ride Day. It is $25 for a wristband and you can ride all day. You need a wristband for each rider and they are vaild only on the day of purchase. If you bring an original Tops reciept you may purchase the wristband for just $20. You need an original reciept (from any day, for any amount) for each rider.

 Wristbands can be purchased at the Strates Ticket Booths right here at the Fair. They are NOT available for purchase at Tops or any other location.

Strates Fun Cards: These are valid each and everyday of the Fair, not only on the day they are purchased on. These operate like debit cards- where dollars are turned into credits. Credits can be purchased for $1 per 1  credit or you can take advantage of the Fun Card Specials listed below. The benefit of Fun Cards is that the whole family can share one card and if you plan on coming multiple days you can keep the card and the credits on it.

You can purchase your card presale (before August 7) and receive 70 credits for just $23. That is a 33% savings.

At the Fair however, Fun Cards can be purchased in any denomination but the best deals are 45 credits for $20 or 120 credits for $50. These specials are valid everyday, including the weekends.

  Purchase your Strates Fun Card at the Strates Ticket Booth right at the Erie County Fair or purchase or take advantage of the presale offer online.  Strates Fun Cards are not available for purchase at the Event Center or any other location.

The Strates Midway has over one mile of WILD rides, games and attractions! Take advatage of all the Midway has to offer through these various offers and discounts.

Have a WILD day!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Bring Home a Blue Ribbon…

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Time is running out and the deadlines are approaching for the Erie County Fair agriculture and competitive exhibits. If you want to take home a Blue Ribbon at the 2012 Erie County Fair then you will not want to wait any longer.

July 20th is the deadling for all  Creative Arts, Woodcarving, Poultry and Rabbits. (This is also the early deadline for Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Sheep and Swine. Have your entries in to avoid late fees)

Creative Arts entries must be brought to the Fairgrounds on Wednesday August 1st or Thursday August 2nd between 12pm and 8pm.

Woodcarving entries should be brought to the Fairgrounds on Friday August 3rd between 12pm and 7pm or Saturday August 4th from 12pm to 6pm.

For more information including classes, rules, regulations or to register click here!


The Erie County Fair is WILD about Recycling!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

There is so much to go WILD about at the 2012 Erie County Fair! Wild about the Rides, Wild about the Food, Wild about the Animals….

This year we are going WILD about Recycling! With one million people entering the gates each and every year it takes an army to keep the Fairgrounds clean and green year after year and we need everyone’s help. But it isn’t just about keeping the Fair clean it is about making a difference and doing our part to help the environment!

If each fairgoer recycled one aluminum can  it would save enough electricity to power a television set for 342 years!

Modern Recycling handles the majority of the recycling at the Erie County Fair using their single stream technology. This new innovation allows all recyclable items to be thrown in a single container with no sorting. It is Modern’s hope that people will find recycling more convenient and will partcipate more frequently. 

For more information on Modern Recycling check out their website here!

The rest of the Fair’s recycling is done with the help of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County’s 4-H Youth Development. The 4-H kids will have designated locations around the Fairgrounds where you can drop off your recyclable items! This is where you can do your part and help reduce the amount of waste.

 With 1 Million fairgoers each and every season the Erie County Fair hopes everyone will take part in our recycling efforts, not just while you are here at the Fair but at home as well.

 A greener planet….That’s something to go Wild About!

Is someone you know WILD About the Fair?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

…and we mean really WILD about the Fair!

 We are launching our annual search for the Ultimate Fairgoer. The person we are looking for has a passion for the Erie County Fair and shares their dedication and enthusiasm with their family and friends.

 If this sounds like someone you know- nominate them today.

 Nominations will be accepeted until August 1st. Send a letter, pictures, video, poster or anything else creative you can think of to help your nominee beat out the competition and be named 2012 Ultimate Fairgoer.

Email your nomination to or mail them to: Ultimate Fairgoer at 5600 McKinley Pkwy Hamubrg, NY 14075

 The winner will receive a passes to the Erie County Fair, a chance to ride in the parade, Strates Ride Cards, an annual pass for all the NYS Fairs, a gift certificate to the Fair Gift Shop and the coveted title of 2012 Ultimate Fairgoer.

Fair Announces Appearance by NASCAR Driver Ryan Truex

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen start your engines….and get to the Erie County Fair for an opportunity to meet NASCAR Driver Ryan Truex.

Truex will  be at the Fair on August 12 from 1-4pm as well as in the Wild About the Fair! Daily Parade. Bring your cameras and one item to be autographed for this meet and greet opportunity, located behind the Hamburg Casino.

Truex is just 20 years old and has been racing professionally for three years. He has competed in twenty nine races, finishing in the Top Ten seven times. He has also been named the 2009 Camping World East Series Champion and the 2010 K&N Pro Series East Champion.  

When Truex competed in the Camping World East Series he had three wins, one of which was in Watkins Glen. Truex will be visiting the Fair after returning to the Glen in search of another victory.  

This special NASCAR appearance is brought to you by Nationwide Insurance-Getzoni Agency.

…Wild, Wild, Wild About the Fair!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

We have been singing it for the past week and you will be too! Keep an ear out for the NEW Erie County Fair jingle!


The 2012 jingle was written, recorded and produced by Buffalo legend Lance Diamond. Diamond has been performing since the mid 70s and has fans expanding entire generations. He has performed with James Brown and the Goo Goo Dolls and has had a weekly run at the Elmwood Lounge for 25 years!


Diamond has traveled across the US and Canada on various tours and has even had the opportunity to travel abroad performing. His shows are fun filled- the only thing more exciting may be his outfit! Check out Lance Diamond in Slade Park on August 17 from 7-9:30pm