Not exactly…Fred Kenney brought his Official Motor Olympics to the Fair in ’57. The roster included performers who hailed from countries around the world and 1956 “Stunt Man of the Year” Bill Ward. Ward’s car was shot out of a canon traveling 85 feet over the track. Two sold out Grandstand shows were accompanied by a parade of new 1957 Fords provided by West Herr Motors.
…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
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.
The Agricultural Grange Building represents an annual commitment to the primary mission for which the Erie County Agricultural Society was established in 1820. Each year, the bounty of the land and the efforts of those who cultivate its soil are celebrated in this building built in 1964. Located in Slade Park, the structure was said to be one of the finest such fair exhibit buildings in the United States at the time of construction. In 1989 a mural celebrating the Fair’s 150th Anniversary, painted by the late Bill Browing of the States Shows, was erected inside.
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.
The Erie County Fair plays host to one the longest running and most respected tractor pulls in the US. In 1970, after local competitors where turned away from a State competition because they were not “qualified,” a committee headed by North Boston dairy farmer Joseph Telaak established our first pull in 1971. By 1973, the Erie County Fair pull became officially sanctioned by the National Tractor Pullers Association, the first in New York State. The 33-year old tradition will continue in 2014 during the 175th Erie County Fair, as world classic pulling action returns to Hamburg the evenings of August 15th & 16th .
From 1957 to 1992, the voice of Felix Coniglio could be heard emanating from his bright yellow Chef Felix pizza truck alongside other concessionaires at the Erie County Fair . Coniglio, a navy veteran, gained his cooking skills while working in a ship’s galley. As a special treat to his fellow servicemen, he would often whip up Buffalo style pizza in the ship’s cramped quarters, an environment similar to the interior his 1957 Chevy “pizza” truck. His “secret ingredient” was the liberal use of oregano on other fresh Italian spices that he would add to the top of the pie.
The Erie County Agricultural Society was recognized as an award winner in Ag Promotion from the New York State Agricultural Society (NYSAS) at the 182nd Annual Meeting and AgForum for ag education with the Farm 2 Table program.
The NYSAS initiated the Ag Promotion Award in 2009 to recognize individuals and/or groups for their efforts to improve the understanding of agriculture in their communities. Entries come from across New York State and are judged by a committee. Farm 2 Table is a program that was initially designed back in 2010 for 3rd and 4th graders to learn about various aspects of agriculture and has evolved to be a K-5 agriculture education program. A total of 8,000 students from several urban and suburban school districts have participated in the program and in many instances, this is the students’ first interaction with agriculture, livestock, and their commodities. “We certainly embrace all the promotion of agriculture across the state, however, this program stood out because of its uniqueness and how many the program reaches out to,” stated Barb Hanselman, Committee Chair from the NYSAS. Farmers comprise only one percent of the population in New York State, so it is more important than ever to help people understand modern agriculture.
A rare color picture of the Erie County Fair Strates Shows Midway, circa 1961.
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.