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James E Strates Midway

Kids on a ride

The James E. Strates Midway returns to the Erie County Fair in 2021 for its 96th year!
For generations, the annual arrival of the James E. Strates Shows train has been a highly anticipated event for fairgoers and enthusiasts of Americana. This past year’s pandemic has had a significant impact on many long-time family traditions – and the Strates Show arrival by train can be added to that list. In 2021, the rides and equipment coming to the Erie County Fair will be transported to the fairgrounds by trucks, not via train.

The Strates Shows midway features rides, games, sideshows, concessions, and shopping. The Midway is open daily during the Erie County Fair from 12:00pm until 11:00pm.

Weekday One Price Ride Day Wristband
Valid Monday-Friday. Available for purchase on the Strates Shows Midway or online during the 2021 Erie County Fair for $30 each.

Strates Shows FUN Card - Great for sharing!
Much like a gift card, FUN Cards are the currency of midway rides. FUN Cards are re-loadable and may be shared by the whole family. They can be used any day of the Fair.
FUN Cards can be purchased at the Fair or online for $50 for 120 credits.
OR guests may load credits in an amount onto the card at the ticket kiosks on the midway.

Rides are approximately 6-12 credits each. Credits at .50cents each.

Purchase weekday one price ride day wristband or 120 credit fun card online:
Click Here To Buy Tickets


Stay safe and have fun on the midway!

Check out the video below created by the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA).

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