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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? Best dairy goat? 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, livestock, equine and agriculture just to name a few. More than 12,500 entries in over 8,000 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 “Environment & Sportsman Building” 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.

Livestock Questions 716-649-3900 extension 6499 or email

Competitive Exhibit Questions 716-649-3900 extension 6407 or email

Youth Livestock Expo

Agriculture Competitions (NON-LIVESTOCK)

Best Of The Bar Competitions

Creative Arts
Home Arts & More (Adult Lego®, Antiques & Collectibles, Arts & Crafts, Canned Goods)
Fine Arts & Photography (Chalk Art, Fine Arts, Photography)
Culinary Arts (Baking, Baked Decorating Extravaganza)


Environment & Sportsman (Conservation)



Competition FAQs

What is the entry fee and what does it include?

Is it $25 per entry or $25 total?

What do I do if I am an Erie County Agricultural Society Member?

How do I get my admission passes?

I am out of town on the entry drop-off/removal date of the department I entered in, can someone else drop-off/pick up my entries?

What if I am not sure that my item fits into a category?

Agriculture/Livestock FAQs

What are the health requirements?

Is stalling first come first serve?

When will I receive my premium check?

When do I get my admission passes?

Do I need to be a New York State resident to enter?

Can I enter more than one specie?

Who can I contact if I have questions about entering my animal?

Breakfast With Champions. Click here for more information.

Check out these non-fair shows for pre-season experience, if you are interested, click on one of the event logos for more information.
Empire State Beef Classic Logo

WNY Preview Classic Logo

The Harvest Classic

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