The Start of a Beautiful Friendship

December 19, 2013. In December 1923, the Erie County Agricultural Society received a letter from Elmira, New York based James E. Strates soliciting the Fair’s business for his newly created Southern Tier Amusement Company. This simple letter, proudly displayed in our Fair Office to this day, was the beginning of a 90-year partnership between the Strates Family, the Erie County Fair and the people of Western New York. We look forward to our 90th season with Strates Shows during next year’s 175th Erie County Fair.