2018 Erie County Fair Buffalo.com Grandstand Lineup Announced

 

The return of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, an energized country music lineup, an increase in free concerts and new preferred track seating highlight the Erie County Fair’s at the Buffalo.com Grandstand during the 179th Fair this August.

 

“The energy behind this year’s Buffalo.com Grandstand lineup will be intense,” said CEO & Fair Manager Jessica Underberg. “From music legends to current chart toppers, our team worked extremely hard to find the best entertainers possible while all along trying to add more free shows and to keep ticketed shows reasonably priced.”

 

To celebrate the Fair’s 150th year in Hamburg, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a special sesquicentennial concert on the Fair’s Opening Night, Wednesday, August 8th at 8p. This will mark only the fifth time in the Fair’s 197 year history that the BPO has performed at the Fair. The region’s beloved orchestra previously appeared at the Fair in 1955, 1956, 1993 and 2014. The show is FREE with gate admission to the Fair. No Grandstand ticket is required for entry to the show.

 

The number of free Buffalo.com Grandstand concerts has doubled to four shows in 2018. In addition to being FREE with gate admission access, the Fair also unveiled a new ticket pricing structure that includes a “preferred track” paid seating option for two of the Buffalo.com Grandstand’s four free concerts. The $20 per ticket option will be available for the Monday, August 13th Oak Ridge Boys show and the Tuesday, August 14th Midland concert that will provide priority seating in the center track sections. General admission seating for these shows will remain FREE with gate admission to the Fair. No Grandstand ticket is required for entry to the show for general admission.

 

“The new preferred track option for free concerts will allow the Erie County Fair to increase its entertainment offerings as well as allow diehard fans to get the best seats possible,” said Underberg.

 

After last year which saw no headline country music at the Fair, officials are excited to announce that country music star Chris Young will perform on Thursday, August 9th at 7:30p. Young’s country credentials speak for themselves: Ten #1s and 17 Gold or Platinum certifications; nominations from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, and The Recording Academy; a massive, twice-extended headlining tour; and in 2017, he became the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Tickets are $70 for preferred track, $50 for track reserved and $30 for general admission.

 

The legendary ZZ Top will take to the stage on Friday, August 10th at 8:30p. Known as “That Little Ol’ Band from Texas,” ZZ Top lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact. In 2004 the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard — but it’s still a remarkable achievement that they’re still very much together after almost 50 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio. They’re real, they’re surreal and they’re ZZ Top at the Fair! Tickets are $60 for preferred track, $45 for track reserved and $30 for general admission.

 

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute will return to Hamburg on Saturday, August 11th at 8p. Regarded as the best Beatles tribute band in the world, the group has travelled the globe impersonating Lennon, McCartney, Ringo, and Harrison. The show is FREE with gate admission to the Fair. No Grandstand ticket is required for entry to the show.

 

Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell, also known as Dick Fox’s Golden Boys, will be live in concert at The Erie County Fair on Sunday, August 12th at 7:30p. These men represent three of the most popular teen idols of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The concert will spotlight each of the performers and their all-time greatest hits like “Turn Me Loose,” “Tiger” and “I’m A Man” (Fabian); “Venus,” “De De Dinah” and “Bobby Sox to Stockings” (Avalon); and “Volare,” “Wild One” and “Kissin’ Time” (Rydell). Reserved seats will be $35 and general admission tickets are $20.

 

Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, The Oak Ridge Boys, will return to the Erie County Fair this summer with a performance at the Buffalo.com Grandstand on Monday, August 13th at 7:30p. This will mark the band’s fifth appearance at the Fair and first since 2001. The Oak Ridge Boys’ first appearance in Hamburg was 1985 and returned again in 1986 and 1990. Known for their four-part harmonies and upbeat songs, the Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits, earned five GRAMMYs®, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards. Preferred track seating for the show is $20. General admission seating is FREE with gate admission to the Fair. No Grandstand ticket is required for entry to the show for general admission.

 

The Erie County Fair is pleased to announce that Midland has been confirmed to perform on Tuesday, August 14th at 7:30p. Midland was recently named 2018’s “Best New Group” by the Academy of Country Music. Made up of singer Mark Wystrach, lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy, Midland is the embodiment of 70’s California country, with smooth Eagles-like harmonies and heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. After endearing themselves to fans with the hit radio single “Drinkin’ Problem” and a self-titled EP, the trio of friends known as Midland unveiled their full-length debut, On the Rocks, which also features the songs “Make a Little” and “Nothin’ New Under the Neon.” Preferred track seating for the show is $20. General admission seating is FREE with gate admission to the Fair. No Grandstand ticket is required for entry to the show for general admission.

 

Tickets for all paid shows will go on sale at 10a, Thursday, April 19th at Tickets.com, by phone at 1-888-223-6000, or in person at the Fairgrounds Main Office. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30a-4:30p. Tickets purchased prior to the day of the show include admission to the Erie County Fair on the day of the performance.

Drum, Toot & Twirl Your Way to the Fair: Marching Band Looks For New Recruits

The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, invites brass, woodwind and percussion musicians as well as color guard members in grades 7 through 12 to join the Erie County Fair Marching Band this summer. The band is an “all-star” county ensemble representing schools across Western New York. The band performs at parades and events across the region during July and is featured daily at the Erie County Fair.

 

“This is an excellent opportunity for students to continue developing their confidence and musical skills throughout the summer months,” said CEO & Fair Manager Jessica Underberg. “Participants get to interact with students from other districts as well as showcase their talents at the region’s largest annual event.”

 

Interested students are asked to complete an online application by May 11, 2018. Forms and information about the program are available at https://bit.ly/2H7cSlr.

Now in its 36th summer season, the Erie County Fair Marching Band was founded in 1982 under the baton of former Orchard Park music instructor, Chris Revett, at the request of then Fair CEO Paul C. Laing. The Erie County Fair is one of the only county fairs in North America to sponsor its own onsite marching band. The 2018 edition of the band is directed by Kellianne Griffith with assistance by Cameron Griffith. The band’s color guard is guided by Director Carolyn Kosinski.

 

The Erie County Fair Marching Band is presented by Pepsi Cola.

Vet Camp 2018 at the Erie County Fair

Based on the popularity of last year’s inaugural Erie County Fair Vet Camp, the Erie County Agricultural Society has announced that it will add a third session to accommodate aspiring veterinarians. Vet Camp is a half day agricultural immersion experience that provides children between the ages of 11-14 the opportunity to work first hand with veterinarians and animals. Sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, August 14th, Wednesday, August 15th and Thursday, August 16th and will focus on a variety of learning disciplines that include:

 

Pet Wellness & First Aid: Children will learn about general pet welfare and what to do in an emergency situation.  Participants will gain an understanding on what to look for when a pet is not feeling well and what should be included in a home pet first aid kit.

 

Dairy Cow Health: Attendees will be exposed to what it takes to be a Farm Animal Veterinarian through activities like how to administer medication, the reading of vitals (heart rate, temperature, respiratory) and how to check for healthy rumen sounds.

 

Small Ruminant Farm Animals:  Sessions will gain knowledge on how to approach and handle sheep and goats, check for healthy digestion, respiratory and proper nutrition. Children will also have the chance to work one on one with an animal.

 

The program is limited to three sessions that will accommodate 30 children each.  Registration is now open and will be available on a first come first serve basis. The cost for participation is $10 per child. Each participant will receive a Vet Camp t-shirt, lunch and will take home a vet supplies goodie bag. Applicants must be between the ages of 11-14 by January 1, 2018 with proper documentation (copy of birth certificate). Applications are now online at https://www.ecfair.org/p/other/347 and must be postmarked by Monday, May 7th to be eligible for consideration. Questions may be directed to the Fair’s Agriculture Education Office at (716)649-3900 ext. 6499 or by emailing Education Coordinator Amber Klein at aklein@ecfair.org.

 

Erie County Fair To Celebrate 10th Year of Fair Camp; 2018 Applications Now Being Accepted

In 2009, the Erie County Agricultural Society inaugurated its award winning Fair Camp program as a way to stimulate an interest in agriculture, a passion for learning and foster a love of the Erie County Fair. In the 10 years of its existence, over 300 children and their parents have slept overnight in a barn, assisted with farm chores, showed animals in a livestock competition and worked inside a fair food concession.

 

Once again, the Erie County Agricultural Society will offer this two and a half day agricultural and county fair immersion experience for children ages 8-10 and an accompanying parent. Under the supervision of trained Camp Counselors, children will gain first-hand experience in raising, caring for and showing livestock as well as receive a “behind the scenes” look at the Fair.

 

The Camp hosts two sessions, one each week of the Fair (Friday-Sunday, August 10-12 and 17-19). Campers and a parent/guardian live on the Fairgrounds during the session in our “hay loft” located inside the Agriculture Discovery Center.  Number of participants for each session is limited to six children and an accompanying parent. Small groups insure each child gets a unique experience and personal attention.

 

Children interested in participating are required to apply no later than May 7, 2018. Applications are available online at https://www.ecfair.org/p/other/346

 

There is no cost to attend Fair Camp, including meals and entertainment, as the program is underwritten by the Erie County Agricultural Society.  Questions may be directed to the Fair’s Agriculture Education Office at (716)649-3900 ext 6499 or by emailing Education Coordinator Amber Klein at aklein@ecfair.org.

Empire State Beef Classic To Be Held April 13th-15th

The 6th Annual Empire State Beef Classic will be held at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, New York on April 13-15, 2018.  The show is open to exhibitors of all ages and gives individuals experience prior to showing at their local county and/or state fair. This year’s show will feature a clinic presented by Stock Show U/Sullivans Supply, a junior team fitting competition, junior skill-a-thon competition along with an exhibitor dinner.  The breeding heifer show will be held on Saturday at 8am and the showmanship classes will be held at 2:00pm. The market heifer and steer show will be on Sunday at 8:00am.

The judge for the Junior Showmanship Competition, the Open Heifer Show and Open Market Animal Show will be Parker Henley of Urbana, IL.

In 2007, the three day show featured 148 exhibitors representing the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Michigan and Wisconsin as well as international entries from Canada. $7000 in premiums and prizes was awarded.

For more information or an entry form please visit www.the-fairgrounds.com and click on “Livestock/Equine Events.” Participants can also call at (716) 649-3900 ext. 6480 for information. Late entries will be accepted up until 8:00pm on Saturday, April 14th.

The show was sponsored by the Erie County Agricultural Society with support from WW Livestock Systems and Eder Mulch.

Spring 2018 Adult Ag-Ucation Programs at the Erie County Fairgrounds

Wine making, bread baking and herb gardening will be among the topics presented during this spring’s Adult Ag-ucation programs presented by the Erie County Agricultural Society. Now in its fourth year, the classes are open to participants 18+ years of age and are held inside the Erie County Fair’s Agriculture Discovery Center. Current offerings include:

 

Intro to Wine Making with Ten Thousand Vines– March 27th, 6:00 pm, cost: $10.00. Introduction to Wine Making is presented by Ten Thousand Vines. Participants will learn just how easy it is to get started making great wines for a fraction of what they cost in the stores. Presentation will include the mechanics of wine making from fermentation and racking to bottling and corking.

 

Bread Making – April 10th, 5:45pm, cost: $10.00. Learn how easy it is to make various types of yeast breads. Basic bread skills will be taught by making a batch of English Muffin Bread. Participants will receive recipes and instructions for making other types of yeast breads such as sour dough, salt rising, sweet rolls and whole grain breads. Information will also be given on rules and regulations for selling baked goods at farmers’ markets. Everyone will go home with a loaf of fresh, warm bread. The instructor will be Linda Dewey, 5th generation owner/operator of Silver Falls Farm, Perrysburg.

 

Herb Gardening – May 22nd, 6:30pm, cost: $12.00. Come learn about the wonderful world of herbs and bring home a container herb garden to enjoy in all seasons. The session will be conducted by Carol Ann Harlos, a Master Gardener and a freelance columnist for Forever Young magazine.

 

Additional Adult Ag-ucation program information and downloadable registration forms are available at http://bit.ly/AdultAgucation.

Erie County Fair Beer Competition Deadline – April 6th

The first step in the process to determine which homebrew will be named the 2018 Erie County Fair “Best In Show” beer has been scheduled. Beginning Monday, April 2nd, homebrewers from across New York State may submit their brews in the Fair’s Homebrew Competition. The annual summer release of the limited run, craft beer based on the winning brew has become an anticipated tradition at the Erie County Fair for beer lovers.

 

Homebrew hobbyists have until Friday, April 6th to submit their beers for judging. In addition to the opportunity to win a gold medal for excellence, the Erie County Fair Homebrew Competition’s top entry will be professionally brewed and be named the 2018 “Erie County Fair Best In Show Beer.”

 

A $20 entry fee allows homebrewers to submit up to five entries in categorical styles ranging from lagers and pilsners to a variety of ale. Any New York State resident is eligible to enter the Homebrew competition. Judging is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 21st inside the Fair’s Ag-Grange Building. Top brews will be selected through a blind tasting panel made up of at least two certified master judges.

 

Once a “Best of Show” winner is determined, the brewer will be asked to submit the brew’s recipe which will then be turned over to the professional brew master of Flying Bison. Flying Bison will analyze the winning recipe to ensure that it is commercially and legally producible. In addition, an attempt will be made to brew the winning beer with all New York State sourced products.  Once kegged, Try-It Distributing will distribute the finished product for public purchase at select Western New York outlets prior to the Fair. During the Erie County Fair, several on-premises locations will feature the award winning beer.

 

Homebrewers interested in entering the competition can find complete rules and guidelines on the Erie County website. Entries can be dropped off on Monday, April 2nd through Friday, April 6th between 9am and 5pm (with a copy of the entry form) to the Main Office of the Fairgrounds OR to Flying Bison Brewing Company on April 5th or 6th between the hours of 12pm and 8pm. Those dropping off brew entries entries at Flying Bison will be able to take home a filled growler of Flying Bison brew for $5.

 

The judging of homebrewed beer is just one of the competitions held annually by the Erie County Fair. In 2018, over 12,000 entries are expected to be received and judged by the Fair’s Competitive Exhibits Office. The wide range of ribbon winning categories include agriculture, conservation and creative arts, among others. Entry information for other categories will be available online as early as February 1st with registration opening May 1st.

One Time Only Flash Sale on Fair Admission (Monday, March 12)

Let the 150 day countdown to the Erie County Fair begin! As part of the Erie County Agricultural Society’s celebration of 150 years at its current site in Hamburg, the Erie County Fair will be holding a limited sale on admission tickets. The five-hour sale begins at 3pm TODAY, Monday, March 12th and concludes later tonight at 8pm.

 

Flash Sale tickets will be $5 each and may be used any day of the 2018 Fair. The sale price represents a 50% saving off regular adult gate admission. To purchase tickets, fairgoers can visit the Fair’s website at www.ECFair.org or stop in person to the Fairgrounds main office tonight from 3-8pm. There is a limit of 10 tickets per person.

 

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Erie County Fair being held at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. In 1868, by a one vote margin, the Erie County Agricultural Society’s Board of Directors voted to move the Fair from the Village of Springville to property owned by Luther Titus and the Hamburg Driving Park Association. The property, that included a newly constructed half-mile racetrack, was offered free of charge for holding the annual Fair. The decision to relocate only 12 miles from the City of Buffalo kicked off a period of unprecedented growth for the Fair, eventually resulting in the Erie County Fair becoming one of the largest fairs in North America.

Erie County Fair Looks for Regional Bands & Performers

 

With six stages featuring over 110 musical performances, the Erie County Fair ranks as one of Western New York’s largest live performance festivals. In addition to music featuring genres from country to German and rock to jazz, the Fair also puts the spotlight on community performers such as dance ensembles, youth groups and aspiring vocalists.

The Erie County Fair is currently seeking regional entertainers to perform at the Fair’s various stage venues during the 179th Fair this August. Interested acts are asked to complete an online application here. Applications will be accepted through April 1st. Additional information about the Fair’s entertainment requirements can also be found online.

“The soundtrack of the Erie County Fair is provided by the immense talent found in our region,” said CEO & Fair Manager Jessica Underberg. “Fairgoers truly get to experience the best of Western New York on our various stages.”

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 179th Fair will take place August 8-19, 2018. (www.ECFair.org).

Agricultural Society To Award Cash Scholarships

The Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS) is pleased to present up to $20,000 in scholarship opportunities to students who participate in the Erie County Fair. Scholarships are awarded based on general Fair participation and those involved in agricultural related activities. Since its inception in the 1950s, the scholarship program has strived to connect the region’s students with agriculture, business, and volunteerism. Two scholarship categories are available:

 

The Erie County Fair Scholarships seeks students who are enrolled or enrolling in a college or university. These students must have participated in the Erie County Fair in some capacity in order to be eligible. Participation includes, but is not limited to, employment, exhibition, volunteering, marching band, or other performances.

 

The Erie County Agricultural Society Scholarship is limited to students who are pursuing an agriculture related career. Students must be enrolled or enrolling in a college or university and must be able to describe how their field of study will help them in their agricultural endeavors.

 

Applicants do not have to attend a college in Erie County or live in Erie County to be eligible.

 

The 2018 scholarship applications are available online or at area high schools and colleges. The application postmark deadline is April 1, 2018. Questions regarding the scholarship program should be directed to the Erie County Agricultural Society’s Maria Lucero at 716-649-3900 ext. 6413.

 

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 2018 Erie County Fair will be held August 8th – 19th (www.ECFair.org)