The World’s Largest Demolition Derby to Be Dedicated to W. Jay Milligan


The World’s Largest Demolition Derby, a Fair finale tradition, will be dedicated in memory of motorsport promotor Walter “Jay” Milligan. Milligan, the Erie County Fair’s own “King of Crash,” passed away on March 20th.  In 1963 Milligan produced the first demolition derby for the Erie County Fair and quickly became an innovator in the American stunt/motorsport entertainment industry. For over 50 years his company, JM Productions, was a driving force behind the Erie County Fair’s “World’s Largest Demolition Derby” and later the “Ultimate Night of Destruction.” Milligan’s life will be celebrated prior to the start of this year’s derby during a brief ceremony and moment of silence before the roar of the engines takes over the GUSTO Grandstand.   

Tickets for the “World’s Largest Demolition Derby” and the entire 2017 NAPA Auto Parts Motor Event Series will go on sale Saturday, June 3rd at 10am. Events includes: 

NEW FOR 2017! Freestyle Motocross Championship Series, Wednesday, August 16, 7:30pm, FREE – Two wheeled mayhem roars into the GUSTO Grandstand as the Freestyle Motocross Champion Series makes its debut at the Erie County Fair. Don't miss the highflying excitement of motorcycle stunts with the U.S. FMX National Championship Series. The series is the only national championship title that is decided by performing aerial stunts while launching motorcycles up to 70 feet into the air! The show will feature the nation's top riders who will defend their titles as champions of extreme sports.  See why Freestyle Motocross reigns king among fans of extreme sports with spectacular mid-air maneuvers and insane back flips. This performance is free with paid admission to the Fair.

Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Truck & Tractor Pull Champions Tour, August 17-18, 6:00pm, Tickets: $12 Grandstand, $16 Infield, $20 Pit Pass- Kids 12 and Under FREE in the Grandstand - The biggest, loudest, and toughest trucks and tractors around will be pulling each night of the Truck and Tractor Pull. An annual tradition at the Fair, these two pulls pack the GUSTO Grandstand with fans who have a passion for pulling and loud noises. The Empire State Pullers will also be featured to showcase the best pulling New York State has to offer. Thursday’s pull will feature Super Modified Tractors, Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, Super Modified 2WD Trucks, Super Farm Tractors, 2.6 Diesel Trucks (ESP) and Light Weight Super Stock Tractors (ESP). Friday’s classes include Super Modified Tractors, Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, Super Modified 2WD Trucks, Super Farm Tractors and 2.6 Diesel Trucks.

Ultimate Night of Destruction, August 19, 7:30pm, Tickets: $16, Kids 12 and Under are Free – An evening of family fun with free admission for children 12 and under to the GUSTO Grandstand! The 2017 Ultimate Night of Destruction will feature the School Bus Demo Spectacular, the Compact Car Double Figure 8 Racing Championship and the all new Automobile Rollover Contest. Produced by JM Motorsport Productions.

World’s Largest Demolition Derby, August 20, 1:00pm & 6:00pm, Tickets: $20 – This annual event welcomes more than 100 cars from across Western New York to the Fairgrounds to see who can outlast the rest. Cars must navigate the track to keep damage to a minimum if they are to win the heat and make it into the finals. Prior to each heat, cars are judged by the crowd as to who has the wildest and wackiest decorations. Produced by JM Motorsport Productions.

Tickets for all NAPA Auto Parts Motor Event Series shows go on sale Saturday, June 3rd at 10am and will be available for purchase at, by phone at 1-888-223-6000, or in person at the Fairgrounds Main Office until 2pm. Tickets will also be available during office hours, Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-4:30pm. Tickets purchased prior to the day of the show include admission to the Erie County Fair on the day of the show.

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 178th Erie County Fair will be held August 9th – 20th, 2017. (



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