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Cider Making Competition

The Erie County Fair is continuing the home cider making competition! The craft hard cider making scene in Buffalo is growing and we want to help that growth. We want to offer a tasty gluten free beverage to our guests to enjoy during their visits to the Erie County Fair, so we are partnering with BlackBird Cider Works to make it happen. BlackBird Cider Works is proud to be Niagara County’s first sole craft hard cider producer. Nestled on a beautiful farm overlooking Lake Ontario, they produce hard ciders made from apples grown on their own estate orchard.

Cider making hobbyists have until Friday, April 29th to enter their ciders for judging. In addition to the opportunity to win a gold medal for excellence, the Erie County Fair Cider Making Competition’s top entry will be professionally brewed and named the 2022 “Erie County Fair Best In Show Cider.”


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It is necessary that you view all the important information listed below in order to enter correctly.

You may enter competitions by clicking the "Enter Online" link. All competitions will be entered online.

  • You will be directed to another web page where you will be instructed to create an account.

Contact the Competitive Exhibits office at or by phone at 716-649-3900 ext. 6407

Online Entry Registration Starts: Tuesday March 1st

Entry Deadline: Friday April 29th

Judging: May 14th

Important Information About 2022 Entry Process

There are 3 TYPES of accounts:

* One-time only single user account, you will have to create a new one each year
* One-time only group account, you will have to create a new one each year
* Passport Account, it stores your information for years and you can look back at your previous years’ placings, it will also store your animal information if you are entering livestock!

** You CAN change your one-time accounts into a passport account at any time

There are several different links to use when entering:

To enter Creative Arts, Woodcarving, Environment & Sportsmen, Ag-Grange, Home Wine (age 13 & older) -

To enter Junior (age 12 & under) Creative Arts and Ag-Grange -
To enter Open Class Livestock -
To enter Open Class Poultry & Rabbits -
To enter 4-H or FFA -

IF you use the one-time only account you will NEED to make a new account for each of the links listed above.IF you use the passport account you can find each link under your 1 account by going to “List of Fairs” in the top right.

If you need help deciding which class(s) to enter use the style guidelines below for more direction.
Cider Style Guidelines


April 29th


Two ways to drop off your entries...

Entries must be dropped off before April 29th at either of the following locations:

1.Hamburg Brewing Company during business hours (Wednesday-Saturday: Noon-10PM, Sunday: 10AM-8PM)

at 6553 Boston State Rd, Hamburg, NY

2.The Buffalo Cider Hall during business hours (Thursday 4-9PM, Friday 3-10PM, Saturday Noon-10PM, Sunday 11AM-5PM) at 155 Chandler St, Buffalo, NY

* Must be 21 years or older. Offer is limited to one per person, some restrictions apply.

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