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James E Strates Midway

Kids on a ride photo

The James E. Strates Midway is the only carnival midway to still travel by train, and for its 95th year, will be making its annual stop at the Erie County Fair.

The mile-long midway features rides, games, sideshows, concessions, and shopping. The Midway is open daily during the Erie County Fair from 11:00am until 11:00pm.


One Price Ride Days - Ride All Day For One Low Price!

Weekday One Price Ride Days
Purchase in advance at Tops Friendly Markets from July 1 through August 6 for only $25. Valid Monday through Friday on the Midway and Kiddieland at the 2019 Erie County Fair. They are available at the Fair for $30.

Weekend One Price Ride Days
Available for purchase on the Strates Shows Midway during the Erie County Fair for $40 each. Valid Saturdays and Sundays on the Midway and Kiddieland at the 2018 Erie County Fair.

Strates Shows FUN Card - Great for sharing!
Much like a gift card, FUN cards are the currency of midway rides. Guests may load credits in an amount onto the card at the ticket kiosks on the midway. FUN Cards are re-loadable and may be shared by the whole family.

FUN Cards can be purchased at the Fair for $20 with 40 credits or $50 for 120 credits.

Rides are approximately 5-10 credits each

New Rides for 2019!

Sky Wheel

Skywheel Photo

Crazy Mouse Coaster

Crazy Mouse Roller Coaster


Frisbee Ride


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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