NEW! Introducing Erie County Fair American Pale Ale

Just in time for the official start of summer, Buffalo-Niagara beer enthusiasts will be able to experience the taste of an award winning brew at home. A partnership with Buffalo’s Flying Bison Brewing Company will allow bottled Erie County Fair American Pale Ale to be available at local supermarkets and beer stores. Six-packs of the Erie County Fair American Pale Ale are expected to begin arriving on store shelves the week of June 25th. The limited edition Erie County Fair American Pale Ale will be available through Try-It Distributing at Buffalo area Tops Friendly Markets and 17 Western New York locations of Consumers Beverages, both whom are partners of the Erie County Fair, among other retail outlets.

 

“This partnership between a major brewery and a fair is the first of its kind in New York State and joins a handful of state & county fairs in North America who have put a beer into commercial package production,” said Marty Biniasz, Erie County Fair Marketing Manager. “The bottling and distribution of the Erie County Fair American Pale Ale is a creative extension of our brand that celebrates the region’s blue ribbon best.”

 

The brew’s recipe is based on an American Pale Ale originally submitted by Western New York homebrewers John Crossett and Brian Millville as part of the Erie County Fair’s annual Home Brew Competition. Once crowned “Best In Show,” the recipe was submitted to the Brewmaster at Flying Bison.  The original draught version proved so popular with fairgoers that it sold out within the first few days of the Fair.

 

“The Erie County Fair is an American original and local favorite. Flying Bison Brewing Company is Buffalo’s original craft brewery and local favorite. It’s great that we are able to work together to bring a delicious beer to market for the summer,” said Tim Herzog, founder of Flying Bison. “It is uniquely Buffalo to have a beer to remind us of our upcoming Erie County Fair. The American Pale Ale is full of the crisp, clean flavors that make a summer’s afternoon with friends even more enjoyable.”

 

Learn more about the brew, the Erie County Fair Homebrew Competition and where to purchase at: www.CountyFairBeer.com

 

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).

 

About the Flying Bison Brewing Company

Flying Bison Brewing Company, makers of Western New York State’s best-selling craft beer Rusty Chain, is a packaging brewery located in the city of Buffalo. When it opened for business in 2000, it was the first stand-alone brewery to operate in the city proper since 1972.  The brewery was founded by award-winning brewer Tim Herzog. In 2015, the company opened a modern brewery complex in the Larkinville district of Buffalo that features a taproom, patio and behind the scenes brewery tours. In addition to Rusty Chain, Flying Bison’s core brews include 716 IPA and Larkin Lager. Well known seasonal offerings include Aviator Red Irish-style Ale, Buffalo Kölsch 716, Blizzard Bock and ‘Juice Caboose’ New England-style IPA. (www.flyingbisonbrewing.com).

 

NEW! Daily Flag Retreat Ceremony to Honor Veterans & Active Military

The 179th Erie County Fair will see the inauguration of a daily patriotic tradition that will honor veterans and active military members. Beginning August 8th at 6:30p and continuing each evening during the 12-day run of the Fair, a flag retreat ceremony will be held at Slade Park presented by Made In America stores.

 

“We are asking fairgoers to pause and reflect on our great nation and to remember the men & women for their service, sacrifice and dedication to protecting our country,” said Jessica Underberg, Erie County Fair CEO. “We feel this is a wonderful way to extend the mission of our Veterans Day committee to span the entire Fair.”

 

During each 8-10 minute ceremony, participating fairgoers will be asked to join in the Pledge of Allegiance. As a lone bugler sounds retreat, an American flag will be lowered and folded by an honorary color guard from a local VFW, Amvets or Legion post. The flag, which was flown during that day at the Fair, will be presented to a veteran and/or an active member of the military who will be the “Flag Retreat Honoree of the Day.” The Erie County Fair Marching Band will perform the “Star Spangled Banner,” a chorus of “God Bless America” and the “United States Armed Forces Medley.” Made In America Stores will be donating “made in the USA” flags to be used in the daily presentation.

 

“For Americans, there’s no higher honor than to serve our nation’s military,” said Mark Andol, founder and owner of Made In America Stores. “As Americans, there’s no greater privilege than to say thank you. We are proud to support, what we hope, will be a new tradition at the Fair.”

 

To nominate a veteran or active member of the military to be named “Flag Retreat Honoree of the Day,” the public is being asked to complete a nomination form available at any Made in America Store location or at the Fair’s Main Office. Those chosen must be available to attend one of the Flag Retreat Ceremonies between August 8th-19th at 6:30p. They will receive a full-sized American flag, (4) fair admission passes, a parking pass, a Strates Shows midway card and $20 in meal tickets. Deadline for name submissions is July 20th.

 

Weidner’s BBQ Returning to Erie County Fair after 2017 Fire

The Erie County Agricultural Society has announced that Weidner’s BBQ will be returning to the 179th Erie County Fair after a devastating fire destroyed its long-time location on the Fairgrounds last year. One of the Fair’s heritage concessionaires, Weidner’s BBQ, has been an Erie County Fair tradition for 62 years.

 

During the evening of Saturday, August 19, 2017 a fire destroyed the six decade old home of Weidner’s BBQ which was located behind the Buffalo.com Grandstand. Weidner’s new location will be situated on the Avenue of Flags near the Conservation Building. As the Fairgrounds has continued to evolve to accommodate a growing schedule of agricultural shows and events, the Fair took the opportunity to relocate Weidner’s BBQ away from the show barns. The new location will provide a larger, park-like setting for increased dining capacity.

 

“We are excited to welcome the Gerber Family and Weidner’s BBQ back to the Fair for their 62nd year,” said Jessica Underberg, Fair CEO. “For many, it would not be the same Fair without a chicken dinner from Weidner’s. We wish them continued success as they open their new Fair location in August.”

 

“We are extremely happy to be coming back to the Fair,” said Weidner’s Ryan Gerber. “Many of our employees only work during the Fair so for me it’s like a friends and family reunion for two weeks.”

 

In 1956, Eden-based chicken farmer Bert Weidner, his wife and his two brothers Jerry and Fran set up a small stand at the Erie County Fair and began serving BBQ chicken. They slow cooked fresh chicken over an open flame that was basted with their own special recipe BBQ sauce until it was cooked to perfection- tender and juicy on the inside, crispy and golden brown on the outside. The family eventually expanded its menu to include grilled steak and ribs. In the 1990s, Charlie Gerber and his wife, Mary Weidner, took over operations to continue the family tradition.

 

“The Fair is something, as a family, we look forward to each year,” said Weidner’s owner Charlie Gerber. “I believe our loyal customers think the same.”

 

In addition to BBQ chicken and ribs, Weidner’s will again be featuring the “1885 Burger” at its new Fair location. The burger celebrates the invention of the “hamburger sandwich” by the Menches Brothers of Ohio at the 1885 Erie County Fair.

 

Tickets for the 2018 Motor Event Series On Sale June 2nd

 

Since the mid-1930s the Erie County Fairgrounds has been home to some of the wildest and most spectacular summertime stunts, crashes and thrills. The tradition continues during this year’s 179th Erie County Fair as tickets go on sale Saturday June 2nd at 10am for motor events inside the Buffalo.com Grandstand. This year’s series includes:

 

Freestyle Motocross Championship Series, August 15, 7:30pm, FREE – Two wheeled mayhem roars into the Buffalo.com Grandstand as the Freestyle Motocross Champion Series returns to 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 16-17, 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 Buffalo.com 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 18, 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 Buffalo.com Grandstand! The 2018 Ultimate Night of Destruction will feature the School Bus Demo Spectacular, the Compact Car Double Figure 8 Racing Championship and the Automobile Rollover Contest. Produced by JM Motorsport Productions.

 

World’s Largest Demolition Derby, August 19, 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. New this year is the addition of a modified truck/SUV class that will take place during each of the two shows. Produced by JM Motorsport Productions.

 

Tickets for all Motor Event Series shows go on sale Saturday, June 2nd at 10am and will be available for purchase at Tickets.com, 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.

 

16th Annual Spring Dairy Preview June 14-16

 

The Erie County Agricultural Society is proud to present the 16th Annual Western New York Spring Dairy Preview. The show is scheduled to take place inside the Showplex at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, New York on Thursday, June 14th to Saturday, June 16th.

 

This year, over 300 head of cattle from throughout New York State, Pennsylvania, Canada, Ohio and Michigan are expected to compete for over $3,000 in awards and premiums. The show’s goal is to provide a competition experience prior to showing at local county and/or state fairs this summer. The schedule for the show includes:

 

Thursday, June 14th, 6pm – Youth Judging Contest sponsored by NY Junior Holstein Association.

Friday, June 15th, 9am –Jersey, Guernsey, Ayrshire & AOB Show; Judged by Mr. Justin Burdette of Mercersburg, PA.

Friday, June 15th 6pm – Youth Showmanship- Showmen are judged based on their knowledge of their animal and their ability to show off the animals best attributes. To be judged by Mr. Justin Crowley of West Hastings, Ontario, Canada.

Saturday, June 16th, 9am – Holstein, Red and White & Brown Swiss Show; Judged by Mr. Justin Burdette of Mercersburg, PA.

 

 

The early entry deadline is Friday, May 25th.  Entries will also be accepted until Thursday, June 14th at 4pm, but for a higher fee. Animals must be in place by 4pm on Thursday, June 14th. All animals must be registered with a breed association (i.e. The Holstein Association) to show.  Check with breed associations for more information about registering animals. For more information visit https://bit.ly/1W5Enfh. You can also call the Fairgrounds at (716) 649-3900 for more information. The Western New York Spring Dairy Preview is sponsored by the Erie County Agricultural Society.

 

WNY Hog & Lamb Preview Classic To Be Held At Fairgrounds

 

The Erie County Agricultural Society is proud to present the 18th Annual Western New York Hog & Lamb Preview Classic. The show is scheduled to take place inside the Agriculture Discovery Center at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, New York May 31st to June 3rd.

 

This is a National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) recommended show that is open to exhibitors of all ages. The show’s goal is to provide a competition experience prior to showing at local county and/or state fairs this summer. The schedule for the show includes:

 

Friday, June 1st, 3pm – Lamb Show #1

Saturday, June 2nd, 8am – Lamb Show #2

Saturday, June 2nd, 11am – Skill-a-thon

Saturday, June 2nd, 12 Noon – Hog Show #1

Sunday, June 3rd, 8am – Hog Show #2

 

Judging the lambs will be Mr. Keaton Dodd of College Station, TX and Mr. Jordan Amburgey of Mt. Sterling, KY. Hog Show Judges will be Mr. David Ammann of Highland, IL and Mr. Brock Herren of Minco, OK.

 

Late entries will be accepted up until 8pm on Saturday, June 2nd. For more information or an entry form please visit www.the-fairgrounds.com and click on “Livestock/ Equine Events.” You can also call the Fairgrounds at (716) 649-3900 for more information.

 

The Western New York Hog & Lamb Preview Classic is sponsored by the Erie County Agricultural Society with support from Show-Rite Feeds, Shamel Milling and Crystalyx Brand Supplements.

Have Your Party at the Fair; Picnic Shelter Reservations Now Being Accepted

 

Plan to host a company picnic, organization outing, family reunion or children’s birthday party at the Fair. The Erie County Agricultural Society is pleased to announce that reservations are now being accepted for its picnic shelter program during the 2018 Erie County Fair, August 8 to 19, 2018. Shelter reservations are on a first come, first served basis.

 

 

Shelters are located at Hickory Tree Park just steps from the Fair’s midway, entertainment, livestock barns, games and shopping. This tranquil Fairgrounds setting can accommodate 25 to 1,000 guests. Each shelter reservation includes tables/chairs, electricity, option for discount gate admissions and ride packages.  Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks but the use of glass containers, alcohol, grills and outside caterers is prohibited.  Patrons wishing to have their party catered may use one of our three Fair vendors that include BW’s BBQ, Chiavetta’s Catering or Weidner’s BBQ.

 

 

For more information, including rental rates and ticket packages, visit https://bit.ly/2Eyd3Rp or contact the Fair’s Liz Collins at (716) 649-3900 x6206. Reservation and payment must be completed by Wednesday July, 25th.

 

 

Erie County Fair’s #1 Draught Pick? Vienna Lager Takes Top Brew Honors

Image: 2018 Erie County Fair “Best In Show” home brewer Kevin DiTondo (C), with Flying Bison Brewery Founder Tim Herzog (L) and Flying Bison Master Brewer Colin Herzog (R).

 

A Vienna Lager brewed by Kevin DiTondo of Cheektowaga, New York was named “Best of Show” during the Erie County Fair’s 2018 Home Brew Competition. Judging for the Fair’s competition, now in its fifth year, took place on Thursday, April 19th and Saturday, April 21st at the Fairgrounds. A panel of 23 judges and master judges evaluated the submissions according to nationally recognized Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) protocols.

 

According to BJCP’s published style guidelines, Vienna Lagers are an amber colored brew with a rich toasty character. The Fair’s winning entry had an attractive light brown copper appearance filled with bread and raisin aroma with a slight hops taste. Judges noted that the brew has “just enough sweetness to keep it from bring crisp.” Vienna lagers were first introduced in the Austrian capital in the mid-19th century. The beer style is known for pairing well with chicken, pizza, barbeques and spicy dishes…a good match for all Fair foods!

 

Winning brewer Kevin DiTondo is a member of the Niagara Association of Homebrewers. He has been brewing since 2010 when he received a home brew kit as a Christmas gift. He is a multi-award winning home brewer who took top and second honors at the Amber Waves of Grain (AWOG) competition in 2017. 2018 was his 3rd year entering the Erie County Fair Home Brew competition.

 

His winning lager was brewed in late December 2017. When coming up with his recipe, DiTondo used a Vienna Lager brewed commercially by the Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company located in Roseland, VA as a reference. Locally, the most popular commercial Vienna Lager is Flying Bison Brewing Company’s “Rusty Chain.”

 

Once crowned “Best Of Show,” DiTondo submitted the beer’s recipe to the professional brew staff at Flying Bison Brewery. Kegged product, based on the homebrew recipe, will be offered by Try-It Distributing to select Western New York establishments for public purchase prior to the Fair. During the 179th Erie County Fair, on premise “beer gardens” will feature the award winning beer.

 

DiTondo also placed 2nd Best of Show in this year’s competition with his Irish Extra Stout.  Other top honors were also given to Kenneth Demarree who received 3rd Best of Show for his Fruit Lambic. Steve Landgren of Webster, New York received an honorable mention for his American IPA. A complete listing of winners is available online at: https://bit.ly/2K9ZTht

 

The Erie County Fair Home Brew competition is sponsored by the Erie County Agricultural Society with support from Try-It Distributing, Flying Bison Brewing and KATZ Americas.

 

The judging of home brewed beer is just one of the competitions held annually by the Erie County Fair. In 2018, over 12,500 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. 2018 entries will be accepted online beginning May 1st at www.ECFair.org.

 

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)

Are You Ribbon Worthy? Erie County Fair Competition Info Online May 1st

 

At the Erie County Fair, we love to compete! Spirited competition among peers is at the heart of the fair experience. Who has the best photograph? Best jam? Biggest stalk of corn? Annually the Erie County Fair offers a chance to show off our region’s creativity in a variety of exhibits from wine making, fine arts, conservation, woodworking and agriculture just to name a few. More than 12,500 entries in 8,985 classes are processed each year for a chance to win cash prizes, but more importantly, the bragging rights that’s associated with taking home a championship ribbon.

 

The Erie County Fair welcomes public participation as most competitions have no residency requirement. Only the Fair’s “Home Wine,”  “Home Brew” and “Conservation” categories are restricted to residents of New York State.  Children as young as 5 years of age are encouraged to take part in Junior Creative Arts submissions that include Lego building block sculptures, handmade jewelry and doll making.

 

New for 2018 is a Mystery Dress Challenge in Creative Arts.  Based on the theme, “outer space,” the Fair will provide a dress form and a bag of mystery items. With the provided elements, competitors must design and complete a dress during a three hour time period on Wednesday, August 15th. The winning dress will be named 2018 “Miss Universe.”

 

Entry information that includes terms/conditions, class listings and deadlines will be available exclusively online at the Erie County Fair’s website (www.ECFair.org) on May 1st. Questions regarding the Fair’s Competitive Exhibits may be directed to Entries@ECFair.org or at (716) 649-3900 x6407.

2018 National Grid Concert Series On Sale Today

Tickets for the 2018 Erie County Fair National Grid Concert Series at the Buffalo.com Grandstand go on sale this morning, Thursday, April 19th at 10am. The lineup of ticketed shows includes:

 

Thursday, August 9th, 7:30p – Country music star Chris Young. Tickets are $70 for preferred track, $50 for track reserved and $30 for general admission.

 

Friday, August 10th, 8:30pThe legendary classic rockers ZZ Top. Tickets are $60 for preferred track, $45 for track reserved and $30 for general admission.

 

Sunday, August 12th, 7:30p – Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell, also known as Dick Fox’s Golden Boys. Reserved seats will be $35 and general admission tickets are $20.

 

Monday, August 13th, 7:30p – Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, The Oak Ridge Boys. Reserved 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.

 

Tuesday, August 14th, 7:30p – 2018 Academy of Country Music’s “New Vocal Group of the Year” winner Midland. Reserved 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.

To purchase tickets visit: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=1589&campid=web_concerts_0419