Top 10 Ten Ways To Save at the 178th Erie County Fair

There are so many ways to save when attending the 178th Erie County Fair. The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the fair, encourages everyone to take advantage of the deals and discounts from opening day Wednesday, August 9th until the gates close on Sunday, August 20th.  

Regular daily gate admission is $10 for adult and $7 for seniors (60+). Fair hours are 12pm-10pm on Wednesday August 9th and 9am-10pm August 10th – 20th.

Here are the 10 BEST ways to save money at the Erie County Fair:

PLAN AHEAD AND SAVE AT THE GATE – The Erie County Fair has teamed up with Tops Friendly Markets to offer advance sale of gate admission vouchers. The cost is $7 per adult, $5 per senior (60+). Purchase vouchers at Tops Friendly Markets now through August 8th and redeem them at any Fair gate. Ask your cashier at checkout! 

IT’S GREAT TO BE A KID! – Children 12 and under are ALWAYS free at the Fair!

FILL THE FOOD BANK & GET IN FREE OPENING DAY! - For the fifth year in a row, the Erie County Fair will partner with the Food Bank of WNY to help fill their warehouse with canned goods. Fairgoers will gain FREE admission to the Fair on Opening Day, Wednesday, August 9th with the donation of a canned food. Donations will be accepted at all Fair gates beginning at Noon.

AS SEEN ON TV – Our television partners give you a chance to save big during three special days at the Fair! While you’re at the Fair, stop by their displays to meet your favorite personalities and support partner charities.

  • WGRZ Channel 2 Day, Wednesday, August 9th. $2 admission, $2 parking (Gates open at noon)
  • WIVB Channel 4 Day, Thursday, August 10th. $4 admission, $4 parking
  • WKBW Channel 7 Day. Tuesday, August 15th. $5 admission all day

YOU’VE GOT A TICKET TO RIDE - Take advantage of one price ride days. $25 weekdays* (*Monday-Friday), Save $5 on your weekday* ride voucher when you purchase now through August 8th at Tops Friendly Markets. Ask your cashier at checkout! $40 weekend wristbands are available at the Fair only. You can also purchase a Strates Shows Fun Card with 70 ride credits for $23. This offer is available at until August 8th

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SERVE - All firefighters and auxiliary members receive FREE admission with proper ID on Firefighters Day, Friday, August 11th. Veterans, active military and auxiliary members with proper ID receive FREE admission on August 13th.

GET TO THE FAIR EARLY ON WEEKDAYS (Monday-Friday) PAYS OFF  – Arrive before 11am on August 11th or between August 14th and 18th and get into the Fair for only $5

STUDENTS GET SCHOOLED ON SAVINGS – Teens and young adults can meet their friends at the Fair. Students with proper school ID ages 13-22 pay just $5 after 5pm every day.

COME HUNGRY - During the Taste of the Fair on Monday, August 14th, over 100 vendors will be offering food items for just $2.00. This is the perfect opportunity to try that food you always wanted to. Other food discounts during the Fair include our $6 commemorative, souvenir mug featuring $3.00 refills all day at participating vendors. Buck-A-Roos, a concession stand near Kiddieland, features 10 items for $2 each. Unlike other major WNY attraction, concerts or sporting events, Fairgoers can bring in coolers with food and drink, set up for the entire day at one of our many picnic areas (no alcohol or glass bottles please). Visit to download 30 food coupons for Fair vendors as an extra bonus.

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC – There is free, live entertainment all over the Fairgrounds! Join us for our two FREE Gusto Grandstand Concerts on Thursday, August 10th featuring country music legends The Bellamy Brothers & John Conlee and Friday, August 11th with Mr. Speed, the “World’s Best KISS Tribute Band.”

About the Erie County Fair

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 mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS), 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. The 2017 Erie County Fair will be held August 9th – 20th  (




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