With the close of 2014 came CarnivalWarehouse.com’s list of the largest Fairs in North America. The Erie County Fair found itself in eleventh place at the end of 2013 and was hoping the 175th celebration, which drew a record attendance (1,220,101), would push the Fair up into the Top 10.
Well, like a late Christmas present, the list was published and the Erie County Fair is excited to announce that it has moved into tenth place! The Fair is in great company inside the Top 10, with many state fairs edging ahead. The Erie County Fair finished Number Three for largest county fairs in North America.
This is the first time that the Erie County Fair has received such a high ranking on this list. The Fair found itself in 19th in 2009, and has been on an upward trajectory ever since. “This historic ranking is something that the entire Buffalo-Niagara region can take pride in accomplishing,” said Jessica Underberg, Assistant Fair Manager.
Beyond receiving a Top 10 ranking, the Erie County Fair won 31 awards at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) annual convention, held this past December. The IAFE has over 2,000 members. The Erie County Fair competes in a division with all Fairs who have an attendance 1 million or higher. This puts the Erie County Fair in a category with many state fairs. The awards are as follows.
1st Place – What was newly established or developed at your fair to promote agriculture
1st Place – Fair and Sponsor/Partner Joint Exhibit Program
1st Place – Printed Material
1st Place – Video of a Special or Unique Event for Exhibitors or the Fairgoing Public
1st Place – Agriculture Photo
2nd Place – Special or Specific Event for Agricultural Exhibitors
2nd Place – Special or Specific Agricultural Educational Event, Exhibit or Program for the Fairgoing Public
2nd Place – Program Designed to Correct an Issue or Problem Related/Competitive or Non-Competitive Ag Program
3rd Place – Consumer Awareness in the Agricultural Environment
3rd Place – Agriculture Photo Series- 5 photos of exhibitor with his prize winning cow
HALL OF HONOR COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS
1st Place – Unique Advertising Specialties/Merchandise/Souvenirs
1st Place – Web Advertising
1st Place – Overall Mobile Campaign
1st Place – Mobile App
2nd Place – Overall Social Media Campaign
2nd Place – Misc. Marketing/Promotional Display or Piece
3rd Place – Best Marketing Campaign
3rd Place – Promotional Advertising – Outdoor
3rd Place – Television
3rd Place – Promotional Poster
3rd Place – Printed Promotional Materials
3rd Place – Commemorative Poster
3rd Place – Promotional Event
COMPETITIVE EXHIBITS AWARDS
1st Place – Competitive exhibits display photo (tied)
2nd Place – General display photo
2nd Place – Display method or prop
2nd Place – New or unique division
2nd Place – Create it on the spot
2nd Place – Participatory contest
3rd Place – Unique contest
3rd Place – General display series
On behalf of the Erie County Fair, its staff, directors, and volunteers, THANK YOU WNY, for making this a must-visit summer attraction year after year! It is with your help that the Erie County Fair has grown to what it has become today, an internationally recognized event in both size and accolades. Thank you!