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181st Erie County Fair
May 17, 2021
Following the Governor’s announcement at today's press conference, The Erie County Agricultural Society Board of Directors and staff are excited to move forward with the 2021 edition of the Erie County Fair, scheduled for August 11-22, 2021. We will review the pronouncement in its entirety and will provide more specific details on the Fair in the coming days.

We are no longer accepting 12 Day Pass returns from the 2020 Erie County Fair.
The funds have been put towards our scholarship fund.

Passes are void and cannot be used for the 2021 Erie County Fair.


May 27, 2020

The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, announced today that it has decided to postpone the 2020 Erie County Fair, which was scheduled to be held August 12-23, 2020.

“Although our Board and staff share a feeling of profound disappointment in making the announcement to cancel the 2020 Erie County Fair, it has become clear that cancelling is the responsible choice for the Fair to do its part to support community health and safety, and to minimize the spread of COVID 19,” said CEO and Fair Manager Jessica Underberg.

The impact of the Erie County Fair’s cancellation will be felt far beyond the loss of the “Best 12 Days of Summer,” said Underberg. “We are heartbroken for the small businesses, family farms, competitors and exhibitors impacted in so many ways by this decision.” However, Underberg added that the Erie County Fair staff is exploring ways in which regional youth agricultural- based organizations may be able to participate in “hands-on” programs at the Fairgrounds with the necessary safeguards to create a safe environment for the participants.

Underberg added, “As difficult as this time in our history is, we know that the Erie County Agricultural Society and Western New York will emerge from this challenging moment and will be ready for the 2021 Erie County Fair, scheduled to be held on August 11th – 22nd, 2021. We look forward to brighter, better days ahead when we can gather to celebrate the “Best 12 Days of Summer in Western New York.”

Historical Context of Cancellation

The postponement of the 2020 Erie County Fair marks only the SECOND time since 1841 that the Fair has been cancelled. During World War II, the 1943 Fair was cancelled to support the patriotic rationing of gasoline and other vital wartime commodities. The fair returned the following year to record breaking attendance.

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