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)

2018 Erie County Fair Poster Unveiled

The vivid colors of a Western New York summer sunset and the slogan “The Best 12 Days of Summer” highlight the 2018 edition of the Erie County Fair’s commemorative poster. The poster was designed by Buffalo’s Wynne Creative Group and illustrated by Michael Gelen of Inkwell Studios.

 

“For a million Western New Yorkers, the Fair represents the apex of their summer experience,” said CEO & Fair Manager Jessica Underberg. “It’s the best of tradition, family, trills, competitions, food, entertainment all packaged within 12 non-stop days.”

 

Fairgrounds landmarks featured on this year’s poster include the 1885 Octagon Building, the 1928 West Grandstand and the 2014 Agricultural Discovery Center & Sky Barn Tower. Rides from the famous James E. Strates Shows midway, now it its 94th year of providing carnival amusements at the Erie County Fair, are also included.

 

The poster also makes reference to this year’s 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 decision to relocate only 12 miles from the City of Buffalo began a period of unprecedented growth for the Fair, eventually resulting in the Erie County Fair becoming one of the largest fairs in North America.

 

Limited copies of the poster are available at the Fair’s Main Office during business hours for a $2 suggested donation to the Erie County Agricultural Society’s Scholarship Fund (limit 5 per person).