Archive for the ‘2014 Erie County Fair’ Category

Hey What Happened to that Poster?

Monday, June 16th, 2014

You may remember in October, the Erie County Fair sent a poster from 1883 to be restored (if you don’t remember, click here to read the story and get caught up). Well, it is back and has quite the story to tell of its journey!

Here was the poster before the work began (in case you didn’t want to read the first story): OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Laura Schell of Lockport took to the task right away and for those who don’t know much about what it takes to restore a poster from 1883, here is exactly what she has been doing all those months:

First, the poster was glued to brown paper with spray adhesive and then glued again to foam core. It was done quite unevenly, we may add and proved to be quite the challenge to remove.

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After Schell saw what she was up against, she gave the poster a little massage. Using soft grated gum eraser crumbs and her fingers she was able to clean up the surface dirt off of much of the poster.  Many parts of the poster were to fragile for this step.

Then came the un-doing of the gluing! Using a metal spatula Schell carefully scrapped away first the foam core and then the brown paper. This left our poor old poster in three distinct pieces.

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The sections bid each other farewell as they were soaked separately in an aqueous (water based) bath for about 40 minutes and then left out to air dry.

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Once dry, the three sections were humidified and and placed on its new liner, mulberry paper. Instead of spray adhesive, Schell opted for a safer option of wheat starch paste.

After taking part of the journey on their own, the three sections were reunified again as they have been since 1883 by being lined up and pasted with wheat starch paste.

The now unified poster was headed for a makeover now! Large holes and missing pieces were filled with Japanese tissue and colored with acrylics. Small holes were filled with paper pulp that was dyed in a similar tone.

After all of the light handiwork Schell did, it was time for some heavy lifting. This came when the poster had to be flattened. The poster was first humidified and taped lightly to the table to begin the flattening process. Then it was humidified again, placed between sheets of fabric and  weighed down.

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Finally, the pulp fills were colored in with colored pencils.

…..drum roll for the big reveal…..

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And that’s it. Sounds simple right? At the end of these months the poster looks incredible and has been cared for in a way that will no doubt add decades to its life, if not centuries! 

The fully restored poster is now headed for framing. It will then be on display at the Visit Buffalo Niagara Gallery at the Market Arcade building on Main Street downtown.

People have already been asking where they can get a replica of this poster and the Fair is happy to announce our friends at the Buffalo News will be giving a replica copy to each of their new subscribers at the Erie County Fair! Look for the Buffalo News on the back side of Hamburg Gaming, sign up for a newspaper subscription and ta-da you have your very own 1883 Erie County Fair poster.

 

This blog is dedicated to the memory of poster pieces that could not be salvaged. 

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Start Your Engines for Fuel Filled Excitement!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

If you like loud engines, tough trucks, and hard hitting cars- the Erie County Fair has something for you! The 175th Erie County Fair will play host to five exciting motor events over four days and guests will be in for a treat, as events have stepped up their game in honor of this special anniversary year.

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Tickets for these events go on sale Saturday, June 7th at 10:00am. Tickets can  be purchased online thorough tickets.com, in person at the Event Center Box Office on the Fairgrounds, or by phone at 1-888-223-6000.

The 2014 Motor Event lineup is as follows:

August 14.7:00pm  Ultimate Night of Destruction. This show will offer the most bang for your buck- in more ways than one! The show will feature a double figure-8 race as well as demo derbies for buses, SUVs, and compact cars. Monster trucks Avenger and Brutus will make a special appearance to add 1,800 horsepower and 66 inch wheels of destruction to the twisted metal and car-nage! Avenger was name a 2 time Monster Jam Freestyle World Champion. Tickets for the show are just $16 and Kids 12 and under are FREE with a paid adult.

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August 15 & 16. 6:00pm Lucas Oil Truck and Tractor Pull. The initial shock of the sheer size of the tractors and trucks that take to the pull strip can be enough excitement for some, but its when the pullers fire up the engines and dig into the dirt the crowd explodes! The truck and tractor pull has been a long time tradition at the Fair, so long in fact that the Fair’s pull is the fifth oldest in the country. Both shows will feature six classes of pullers coming from more than 10 states and Canada. WNY Pro Pullers will also compete in this event, representing the best the area has to offer in professional tractor pulling.  Tickets for the show are $20 for Pit Passes, $16 for Infield, $12 for Grandstand. Kids 12 and under are FREE to this event as well.

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August 17. 1:00pm & 6:00pm World’s Largest Demolition Derby. What would the end of the Fair be without the demolition derby? More then 100 cars will get painted up and prepared for a competition that challenges competitors to outlast the others. The afternoon show sees a lot of returning drivers who will attempt to fix their cars in time to compete in the evening derby! The evening derby is usually a packed house. Fans cheer each hit, crash, and heat winner with the same enthusiasm as the last.

The demolition derbies will also feature reality TV stars Kings of Crash. These professional drivers will bring five teams to the track to compete in a separate team style derby. The afternoon event will have all five teams and the best three will move on to compete in the evening show. Guests can meet the Kings of Crash from 11:30am-1:00pm in the infield. Guests must bring a canned food donation of $5 to benefit the Food Bank of WNY for the meet and greet opportunity.

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Don’t forget, when you  purchase your motor event ticket before the show, your ticket gets you FREE admission to the Fair on the day of the event!

Erie County’s Got Talent….

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

…and we want to see it. 

The Erie County Fair will once again be hosting the annual Talent Show.  This is your chance to showcase that special talent in front of your biggest fans at the Erie County Fair! If you can win at our Fair you will get to move on and compete at the New York State Fair, and from there the sky is the limit.

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Entry information is now available for this year’s show. As always spots are limited and are filled on a first come first served basis. Acts will have just 4 minutes to impress the judges and there are certain restrictions as to what type of acts can be performed as part of the show.

There will be two divisions, each with separate shows:

Mini (ages 12 and under) will perform Saturday August, 9 at 11:30am.

Maxi (13 and up) will perform Friday, August 8 at 11:30am

If you have questions about the show please email Dawn at dmdance@aol.com. If you have read enough and know that you want to be part of this year’s show click the button below and start filling out your registration form.

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PS. The talent show is FREE to enter and all performers will receive FREE admission to the Fair on the day of the show!

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LIVE at the Erie County Fair…

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Erie County Fair is excited to announce our 2014 Grandstand Lineup.  

The same great venue with a new name, the Gusto Grandstand, will host four headline concerts during the 175th Erie County Fair!

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John Fogerty. One of Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists” and “100 Greatest Singers” of all time, Fogerty will be rocking the Fair on August 7 at 8:00pm. Tickets to the show are $60 for Blue Ribbon Track Reserved and $45 for General Admission.

Bridgit Mendler. Star of Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie, Mendler is also a singer and songwriter. She was nominated for “Favorite TV Actress” at Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards this past weekend.  Her first album Hello My Name Is… went straight to #1 on iTunes pop album chart. Grab the kids to see Bridgit Mendler on August 9 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $60 for Blue Ribbon Track Reserved and $45 for General Admission.

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Dierks Bentley. Country music star Dierks Bentley will take the stage on August 11 at 8:00pm. He is made a name for himself on the country scene with 10 number one singles. His latest album Riser hit number one on Billboard’s Top US Country Albums shortly after its release in February. Tickets are $60 for Blue Ribbon Track Reserved and $45 for General Admission.

Lady Antebellum. American Music Award winning “Favorite County Band, Duo or Group” from 2013,  Lady Antebellum will be performing live at the Erie County Fair! With five studio albums and five number one singles this is a not-to-miss event. See Lady Antebellum August 13 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $80 for Blue Ribbon Track Reserved and $55 for General Admission.

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Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, April 4th at 10:0am EST.

Guests who wish to purchase tickets may do so online via ecfair.org or tickets.com, by calling tickets.com at 1.888.223.6000, or by visiting the Fairgrounds Event Center (Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:30pm).

Grandstand tickets purchased prior to the day of the show grant the ticketholder FREE admission to the Fair on the day of the event. Guests are permitted to bring cameras into the Gusto Grandstand but nothing with a professional lens.  Many Gusto Grandstand seats are uncovered, guests are asked to dress for weather as umbrellas are not permitted inside the Gusto Grandstand.

Looking for 2014 Fair Camp Participants

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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For the sixth season the Erie County Fair will offer 12 lucky 8-10 year olds the opportunity to participate in Fair Camp.

This behind-the-scenes Fair experience will give kids and their same sex parent or guardian the chance to sleep in the barns, care for livestock, show an animal, work with a food vendor, and ride in the parade.

The camp is FREE to participants.

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After the weekend campers and their parent or guardian will come away with a new appreciation for agriculture and livestock. Fair Camp takes place on both weekends of the Fair (August 8-10 and 15-17). There will be hands on activities supervised by our camp counselors, sleeping accommodations provided in the barns for two nights, and plenty of time to explore the Fair outside of the scheduled events.  

be selected as a camper. Parents or guardians can download the application by clicking here or by calling (716) 649-3900 ext. 6407 to have an application mailed to you. Kids who are interested in participating must complete an application and

The application deadline is May 16th!

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Meet Our Newest Creative Arts Director…

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

…Rachel Hamerski

 

T20140123_fashion_rachel_218he Creative Arts Exhibit at the Erie County Fair showcases the best of what WNY has to offer when it comes to canning, painting, photography, flower arranging and design. Every year the hardworking Creative Arts Directors strive to put a new spin on their areas of expertise to ensure the pieces are well displayed and the talented artists are highlighted properly.

In 2014, the Fair will welcome a fresh face to the list of Creative Arts Directors. Buffalo State College senior, Rachel Hamerski will join the group as the director for the Clothing Design and Construction Department. Though she is still in school, Hamerski, is well suited for the job ahead. She was recently selected as one of five students nationwide to be accepted into the Cotton University, which is a program developed by Cotton Incorporated.

Hamerski found a passion for fashion through college coursework, when she created a couture dress from 30 yards of zipper chain. From then on she has been exhibiting her creative ideas and sewing skills throughout the country…that’s right…the dress went on to be exhibited at Cotton Incorporated Headquarters in Cary, North Carolina!

Her love for the Fair began in 2011, when she first heard about the clothing design and construction category of Creative Arts.  She has been entering dresses ever since.

When asked what her most prized design is, Hamerski said it is a black and white houndstooth women’s jacket. Though she could not enter it in the 2013 fair (because it was being used for a fashion show) she looked forward to entering it in 2014. That was until Elaine Ellis, previous director of the section, got her interested in stepping up and taking her place as the new director.Hamerski_Photo

Though she won’t be able to exhibit her designs at this year’s Fair, Hamerski is looking forward to bringing a new approach, new categories and a modern display to the clothing design and construction department. Looking ahead to 2015, Hamerski is hoping to incorporate a fashion show into the Fair too!

If she could offer advice to those looking to enter a design into the Fair or pursue a career in clothing design, Hamerski says “one entry at a time will help you become the best in your craft. It helps to listen to the criticism and feedback from any avenue.”

If you are interested in entering in any of the 2014 Creative Arts categories, look for entry information beginning May 2!

ONLY 175 MORE DAYS…

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

…until the gates open for the 175th Erie County Fair. 

Get ready Erie County, the countdown to the 175th Erie County Fair is kicking into high gear. With only 175 days to go until opening day prepare yourself for exciting announcements, updates and giveaways.

Part of our countdown is a interactive social media piece “Think Fair Thoughts.” It is an opportunity for our millions of fairgoers to share their memories, stories, and photos via our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Here is your chance to join the countdown and become part of what will be a community compilation of everything great about the Erie County Fair.  Social media users are encouraged to post using the #ThinkFairThoughts.

Everyday through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram the Fair will post a “Thought of the Day” from  now until Opening Day.

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Keep in touch with the Erie County Fair through social media and our website for all the latest.

See you at the Fair…August 6-17, 2014 

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Hey Jude…Guess Who is Coming Back to the Fair?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

February 9th marked the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles arriving to the United States. The band was greeting with an overwhelming reception of Americans who were craving their music and catchy lyrics. The 2014 Grammy’s featured Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and just this weekend a two hour prime-time feature paid tribute to the music of the Beatles. Top musicians from all genres came memorialize what could be argued as the greatest band of all time.

To celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Erie County Fair as well as pay tribute to the 50 year celebration of The Beatles, The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute will return to the grounds for a free concert on August 12, 2014 at 7:30pm. The young and the young at heart can travel Back to the U.S.S.R., take a ride on a Yellow Submarine, and Let it Be the perfect ending to a day at the Fair.

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“The best Beatles show in the world”- LA Times

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute has traveled the world keeping the memory and music of The Beatles alive and well. The nostalgia of the music combined with the energy of the band makes this a show you will not want to miss.  The group was formed in 1997 and has since done countless shows, specials, and appearances in honor of John, Ringo, Paul and George.

Mark your calendar… August 12, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Gusto Grandstand at the Erie County Fair, The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute sponsored by Hamburg Gaming. Hamburg Gaming 4C BR FG

 

Erie County Fair and Hamburg Gaming Scholarships Now Available

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

The Erie County Fair and Hamburg Gaming will award up to $20,000 in scholarships this June.

Scholarships are given to high school seniors or college students who have participated in the Erie County Fair. Participation can be in exhibiting, marching band, employment or volunteering. The scholarships are open to all students and are based on participation. Students who are pursuing an agricultural career choice will be given additional consideration.

Applications must be completed and returned no later than April 11, 2014. 

For more information and to download the scholarship application, click here.

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Give the Gift of the Fair this Holiday Season

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Looking for the perfect gift for the person in your life who has already begun the countdown to the 175th Erie County Fair…or hoping to treat yourself to a gift that will symbolize summer? Well then look no further than the all new Erie County Fair Store Online!

Grab your limited edition items before they run out. With only eight months until opening day it is the perfect time to get into the Fair spirit and be prepared with all the latest items. 

Click here to start shopping!

The items offered at this time are as follows:

175th Ornament…….…..$10.00

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Retro T-Shirt……………$15.00

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SOLD OUT Twelve Day Pass..….…..$17.50

Includes admission for all 12 days of the Fair. That’s less than $1.50 per day! Limit 2 per person.

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Fair Gift Card……………$25.00

Use for admission tickets or redeem for cash at the Treasurers Office inside the Fair

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Commemorative Poster……………….$75.00

Numbered out of 175, signed by the illustrator

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Now stop reading and get shopping!