Strates Shows & Erie County Fair Extends Pay One Price Ride Day Program to This Saturday

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the famous Strates Shows, the Erie County Fair and the Strates Family have extended the Tops Friendly Markets “One Price Ride” program an additional day to include tomorrow, Saturday, August 17th.

The pay one price program is $25. Customers may save an additional $5 by presenting an original receipt from Tops Friendly Markets to the Strates Shows ticket booth at the top of the Avenue of Flags beginning at 11am on Saturday, August 17th.

“This is only the second time in our history with the Erie County Fair that we have offered a $25 dollars all you can ride ticket on a Saturday,” said James E. Strates, Strates Shows Operations Director. “The deal gets even better when you bring in your Tops receipt and save an additional $5.”

The famous Strates Show Midway stretches a mile long and features over 100 rides, games & attractions. On Saturday, the midway will operate between 11a-11p.

The Strates Shows has a history dating back  90 years when James E. Strates, a Greek immigrant, began his first show near Elmira, New York. In 1923, Mr. Strates acquired Southern Tier Shows and in 1932 changed its name to James E. Strates Shows. Mr. Strates continued to build and manage the carnival until his death in 1959. At that time his son, E. James Strates, assumed responsibility for the carnival and still operates it today with his family at his side. 2014 will mark a nine decade relationship with the Erie County Agricultural Society.

The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the Society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The Society does not receive funding from New York State or from Erie County. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State. The Fair strives to fulfill appropriate aspects of the agricultural, educational, entertainment and recreational needs of Western New York.