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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!


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.


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 or, by calling 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.


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!


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!


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.


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 

175 DAYS!

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.


“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.


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





Retro T-Shirt……………$15.00



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.



Fair Gift Card……………$25.00

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



Commemorative Poster……………….$75.00

Numbered out of 175, signed by the illustrator


Now stop reading and get shopping!

Bryan Wittman: Working for The Mouse…but Started at the Fair

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

This week the Erie County Fair had the honor of naming Bryan Wittman an Honorary Chairman of the 175th Fair. For those who don’t know Bryan Wittman personally, they have certainly seen his work. Wittman is the current Vice President of Global Special Events for Disney Parks and Resorts. He has been at the head of Disney Cruise Line christenings, Super Bowl Halftime Shows, the Rose Parade and other Disney Productions.

Before he worked for the Main Mouse himself, Wittman got his start right here at the Erie County Fair as a stage manager at the outdoor theater in 1975.  One of his fondest Fair memories involves working with than Erie County Fair Hall of Famer, Ramblin’ Lou!  When Wittman looks back on his experiences here at the Fair he remembers it was the faces of the audience during his theater shows that kept him going. That passion for entertainment and the happiness of others is what has continued to drive his career even today.

While Disney has parks and resorts all over the world, there is only one place that Wittman calls home, Hamburg, NY. Having been born and raised here in WNY, Wittman and his wife Kathy still keep a residence here in the 716. Wittman has graduated from St. Francis High School and then went to college at Ashland University in Ohio.

Wittman will be assisting in guiding the creative planning process of the 175th anniversary Fair’s events and promotions. Fair CEO Denny Lang said of Wittman’s naming “We are extremely proud to welcome Bryan back into the Erie County Fair family…”  wittamn.png

Only 47 Days Until Christmas!!!!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

It is not time to panic yet…but if you have names to still cross off on your shopping list than the Fairgrounds might have the solution for you. This weekend the Fairgrounds  will be hosting Christmas in the Country, the annual craft show that spans five buildings and offers hundreds of vendors providing handmade Christmas crafts and gifts.

The 2013 edition of Christmas in the County will feature 400 vendors representing 25 states and 4 countries! The show has been voted the #1 Craft Show in America. For more information visit

Show hours are as follows:

Thursday, November 7- 10am-9pm

Friday. November 8- 10am-9pm

Saturday, November 9- 9am-6pm

Sunday, November 10- 10am-5pm

Admission is just $8.00 and kids 12 and under are FREE

If you have a Fair fanatic on your shopping list than be sure to stop by the 175th Erie County Fair booth in the foyer and purchase your retro Erie County Fair t-shirt for just $15 (including tax).


Don’t leave the show without purchasing your pre-sale carload admission for the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights for just $10! That is 50% off of regular admission.


Fair Treasure Gets A Makeover

Thursday, October 10th, 2013


With 175 years of history behind it, the Erie County Fair is looking better than ever! As we march toward our big year in 2014 the Fair is looking to ensure that pieces of our past can continue to journey with us into our bright future. Today that process takes another step as paper conservator Laura Schell comes to the Fairgrounds to pick up a Fair billboard poster that is over 130 years old. The poster was owned by Fair President John Kraus and was brought to the main offices by one of our board of members.

After having the poster hang in private offices for years it was time that this artifact received the treatment and display it deserved. So Laura Schell, of Lockport,  was called in to take the poster and begin a ten month process that will mend torn  parts and set it on an acid free background where it will be less likely to deteriorate over time. The poster will return for the 175th Erie County Fair, but this time on public display.

The conservation of the poster is just one step along a journey of travelling back in time through the Fair’s past and the treasures that have been left behind. We have opened all the nooks and crannies of the Fairgrounds and have begun an official archiving process that includes old ribbons, premium books, posters, photos and more.

While we havimg_5225.jpge a lot of Fair memorabilia in our archives we certainly don’t have it all! We are asking people of the community to check out their attics and scrapbooks and see if they have any Erie County Fair artifacts  that they would like to be included in our archives. Don’t worry, we aren’t taking items from you…we just want to borrow your photos, ribbons or anything else you may have for our big display at the 175th Fair. If you have something you would like included on our display call (716) 649-3900 ext. 6404 or email for more information.