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Hear That…It’s the Great Outdoors Calling

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

sport and travel

Another week below freezing! It seems like this winter will never end, but good news WNY, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The WNY Sport and Travel Expo will be returning for another exciting year at the Fairgrounds.

This special event is created by people with as much passion about the outdoors as you have! The showwill feature vendors from around the world, including some from the area who are ready to help you launch into spring with everything you need to make the great outdoors, great! Filling four buildings the show will offer show only discounts on gear and accessories will be offered by vendors as well.

Have junior sportsmen on your hands? Bring them along to see the 4,000 gallon aquarium or get a jump start on fishing season with some time at the Trout Pound.

Attend helpful seminars that can make  you look like a hero at camp this year or meet the crew from TV’s Lizard Lick Towing.

Whether you like being outdoors, or LOVE it, this show is exactly what you need to beat this wintertime blues and prepare for months of camping, hunting, fishing, and every adventure in between.

Dates: Thursday-Sunday, March 6-9, 2014

Hours: Thurs/Fri- 12pm-9pm, Saturday- 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Tickets: $9 for an adult, Kids 10 and under are FREE

For more information on the show visit their website.

Home & Garden Show Returns

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

home show


The WNY Home & Garden Expo will return to the Fairgrounds Event Center for the ninth season. The four day event will welcome

more than 150 vendors offering the highest quality windows, doors, kitchens, baths, landscaping and contracting. Have the opportunity to talk to the experts about your next home improvement project. 

Stop into Expo Hall to see one of the many events on the main stage. The Wine and Food Garden will be providing samples from regional wineries and food vendors. Guests can tour the Twin Lakes, fully decorated and landscaped, model home. There will be seminars throughout the show. Celebrity designer Taniya Nayak from HGTV and the Food Network will be on hand greeting fans and hosting seminars.

On Saturday and Sunday the kids can take part in the all new Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics.


Tickets to the show are $7 at the door and $6 online. Parking is FREE. 

Show times are hours are as follows: 

Thursday, February 20: 2pm until 8pm

 Friday, February 21: 2pm until 8pm

Saturday, February 22: 10am until 8pm

Sunday, February 23: 11am until 5pm

Third Time is Hopefully a Charm for the Buffalo Raceway

Monday, January 13th, 2014

First came the snow, which pushed opening day of racing back a few days….then came the sun, which melted the snow and flooded the track forcing yet another cancellation.

However, you know what they say “third time is a charm,”  and the Buffalo Raceway is hoping that is the case as they prepare to officially celebrate opening day this Wednesday, January 15.

Post time is 5:00pm.

Guests receive a free magnet schedule.

Polar Vortex Pushes Back Opener

Thursday, January 9th, 2014


As the snow came, visibility diminished and WNY was thrown into deep freeze the Buffalo Raceway had to make the decision to cancel opening day of racing on January 8, 2014.

The polar vortex also spoiled the plans to conduct the draw for Friday’s race as well.

What this means is that you have more time to shovel out, bundle up and head out to Buffalo Raceway for opening day, which will now be Saturday January 11 at 6:40pm.

All promotions from Wednesday will be shifted to Saturday. All guests will receive a free program and race schedule magnet. Inside Track members will be able to redeem their coupons for a hockey puck as well.

Saturday evening  racing is the perfect date night and there are still reservations available in the Clubhouse for the Winner’s Circle Café. Call 716-649-1280 ext. 300 to make yours.

The cancelled races will tentatively be rescheduled for Thursday January 23 and Thursday January 30, pending approval from the NYS Gaming Commission.

Buffalo Raceway Ready For Season Opener On Wednesday

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

It may be early January in Western New York but things will be heating up at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday, January 8th as the 99-day 2014 harness racing season opens up at the half-mile oval, located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.

Buffalo Raceway has reaped the benefits of early-season racing in recent years and Chief Operating Officer Jim Mango said the track needs to take advantage of it once again.

“We’ve had such good success the past few seasons with racing in January, February and March,” Mango said. “We are one of the few tracks who are still willing to race then…it gives us great exposure and brings in some good drivers and horses.”

Mango pointed out that Buffalo Raceway’s export signal attracted $10.3 million in handle in 2011 and $15.3 million in 2013.

“That’s a 50 percent growth since 2011,” Mango said. “Part of the success goes to the relationship we have with our guest sites, and getting us national outlets like Twin Spires and TVG.”

Mango went on to say, “The winter racing is well received by the horsemen and it gives drivers from the East some opportunities. We have had a pretty good driver’s colony here the first few months the past few seasons and I don’t see any reason that won’t happen again this year. There should be some fierce competition.”

Buffalo Raceway will race on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights in January. Post time is 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6:40 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. In February and March, Thursdays will be added with 5 p.m start time.

“We’ve had reasonable success on Thursdays but we are starting it in February this year and hope to take advantage of a lull in racing across the country,” Mango said. “The 5 p.m. post time…there’s not much competition and we are trying to take advantage of it, and there seems to be plenty of horses to race.”

Mango went on to say, “Mickey Mantle will never hit another home run again and we know we’ll never attract the crowds like we did back in the 1960s. It’s just the reality. Horse racing is all simulcast-based now and we have to realize it.”

While Mango admits wagering on-line continues to grow, Buffalo Raceway will do some promotions to bring fans in. “We got sports giveaways this year…hockey pucks, baseballs, basketballs, footballs with our logo on it. We are trying to add a little fun for those coming out.”

The track continues to improve its backstretch and something that Mango is very extremely proud of. “There’s not anyone that isn’t impressed with our barns or state-of-the-art paddock. I will argue with anyone that we have the best backstretch in the country, thoroughbred or harness racing.”

“We’ve honored our commitment to New York State as a race track and gaming facility,” Mango said. “A lot of tracks across the country have ignored the stable area. We thought it a necessary improvement.  I hear from horsemen daily who say they can’t wait to get back to Buffalo because of the back side.”

Buffalo Raceway has filled the more than 400 stalls on the grounds for 2014 and as Mango put it, “We could have easily filled over 600. That’s why we race as much in the winter as we have a lot of people who want to compete.”

Besides the impressive barns and paddock, the track has improved its track lighting this season which will only help the simulcast signal. With new graphics and cameras installed last season, Buffalo Raceway is ready to compete with the best in the country in distributing the best signal possible.

Mango added that the track is better than ever with more material put down and turns are properly banked. “It is a daunting task to keep the track in racing shape during the winter months in Western New York.  I think that our track crew does a pretty good job.”

The fans will also notice a change in the race calls. Michael Carter takes over the announcer’s booth as previous caller Gabe Prewitt is now at Pompano Park in Florida.

Ray Fisher Jr. will return to defending his 2013 driving title at Buffalo Raceway. He was named “Driver of the Year” in Western New York after his second place finish in the standings at the recently completed Batavia Downs meet.

Drivers coming in for the first few months aren’t known yet, but it is expected that drivers from Saratoga and Vernon will once again compete. Mango said nothing is definite but has heard Shawn Gray may also “pop in on weekends” to race. Also back will be perennial leading drivers Dave McNeight III, Kevin Cummings, Jack Flanigen, Ron Beback Jr. and Jim McNeight.

Expect the trainer’s battle to a good one as well with J.D. Perrin the reigning champion at Buffalo Raceway. John Mungillo took the title at Batavia Downs and should arrive with a powerful stable once again. Jim Graham and David McNeight Jr. are also top conditioners expected to arrive with strong stables.

On the wagering side, the highlight once again will be the $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 every Wednesday starting in the fifth race. The guaranteed pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. It is also co-sponsored by Buffalo Raceway and the Western New York Harness Horsemen’s Association.

Mango said in closing, “I think the past few years our racing product and competition has improved. People have seen what we’ve had to offer and it’s helped us.”

Buffalo Raceway is located on The Fairgrounds in Hamburg, New York.  Admission and parking are always free to the Raceway, for all ages.  Reservations for live racing nights can be made by calling 716-649-1280 ext 300

Seasonal harness racing takes place January through July Wednesday at 5:00 pm, Friday and Saturday at 6:40 pm.  Simulcast wagering from across North America is available year round Wednesday through Sunday.  For more information visit or call (716) 649-1280.

Hamburg Casino Brings ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic To The Event Center

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The Erie County Fair may be over but the fun and excitement continue as Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds presents “Weird Al” Yankovic – The Alpocalypse Tour. “Weird Al” Yankovic has sold more records than any other comedy artist in history and is an American pop culture icon.

The three-time Grammy Award winner will be performing live Oct. 4 at the Fairgrounds Event Center adjacent to the casino in Hamburg, N.Y. Weird Al has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and has spent the past three decades creating more than 150 parodies and original songs such as “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon” and “Perform This Way.” His latest album, “Alpocalypse,” was a Billboard Top 10.

“Weird Al in concert is beyond description,” said Chase Lough, marketing director at Hamburg Casino. “Imagine your favorite video coming to life. Whether he is on stage doing, “Smells Like Nirvana,” his parody of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” or “Fat” in his full body suit doing his parody of “Bad” by Michael Jackson, he puts forth 150 percent in every performance. His expansive music career has allowed him to touch virtually every genre of music.”

Get your tickets online, by calling 1-888-223-6000 or visiting the Fairgrounds Event Center Box Office. Visit for more information.

Horse Racing Double Header

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Come to the Buffalo Raceway tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17 for exciting double header racing. The NY Sire Stakes Erie County Fair Races will have a post time of 1pm, kicking off nine races featuring two and three year old horses barreling down the half mile oval.  

Beat the heat and sit in the air conditioned Clubhouse or find a seat in the Grandstand to enjoy the races. Its FREE admission, FREE parking, and FREE programs! Race fans of all ages are welcome. This is  a non-wagering race day.

 Hope to see you at the Buffalo Raceway!


Exciting Day of Racing Planned at the Buffalo Raceway

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The Erie County Fair is right around the corner and to end July with a bang, the Erie County Fair along with Buffalo Raceway is hosting the New York County Fair series on Wednesday July 18. The first post is at 1pm on The Fairgrounds in Hamburg for the special annual card. 

Over 25 horses are expected to compete in eight races with over $24,000 in purse money up for grab. 

The County Fair Series is a non-pari-mutuel series designed for young horses that are building their skills.  The races are held at 22 County Fairs throughout New York State, bringing the excitement to the backyards of thousands each summer.  With no betting and free admission, the County Fair Series offers a family atmosphere for race fans of all ages.

Although the matinee card is non-betting, simulcast wagering will be available from tracks across the country.

Live racing continues at Buffalo Raceway through Sunday, July 22. Post time is 5:00 pm Wednesday, 6:40 pm Friday and Saturday and 1:05 pm on Sunday.  Simulcast wagering from across North America is available Wednesday through Sunday, year round concerts and more.

Western New York Hog Preview Classic At The Fairgrounds

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

The Erie County Agricultural Society, Hamburg Casino and Alltech are proud to present the Western New York Hog Preview Classic on June 2nd and 3rd in the Showplex building on the Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY.  This is a NJSA recommended show that is open to exhibitors of all ages; this show gives individuals experience prior to showing at their local county and /or state fair.  Showmanship classes will be held on Saturday, June 2nd at 6:00 p.m. and the Market Hog show and Purebred Breeding Gilt show will be Sunday June 3rd at 11:00 a.m. The judge is Daryl Real of Dallas, TX.

The early entry deadline is May 18, 2012.  Late entries will be accepted up until 9a.m. on Sunday, June 3rd.  The show will have a skill-a-thon on Saturday June 2nd which will be followed by a potluck dinner.  A free Pork Quality Assurance certification class will be offered Saturday night following showmanship.

For more information or an entry form please check out our website and click on “Year Round Events” then click on “Livestock”, where an entry form can be downloaded.  You can also call the Fairgrounds at (716) 649-3900 and an entry form can be mailed to you.

Youth Talent Competition To Be Held At The Erie County Fair

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The Erie County Fair Talent Contest will be August 12 & 13.  This is a great chance for kids to showcase their talent in competition. Competitors are given three minutes to perform their talent in front of the judges at the Community Stage. 

There will be a Maxi-Contest for ages 13 & over Friday, August 12 and the Mini-Contest for ages 12 & under on Saturday, August 13. 

There is no entry fee and all contestants receive free admission into the Fair. Entrants must reside in Erie County, NY and can only compete in one county. Winners will then compete at the New York State Fair in Syracuse the week following.  Erie County has been represented well in the final round of both divisions with many placing in the top 10.  Two students have recently gone on to win the state title for both divisions. 

No baton twirling or bands are permitted and music must be on a CD.

Click here for more information or to download an application, contact Dawn Cook at or call the studio at (716) 871-0355. Competition slots are limited and entries will be accepted on a first come basis. Please mail entries to: Dawn Cook, 204 Washington Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217. Confirmation will be sent upon receipt of completed entries.