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You have until September 1, 2020 to return your 2020 Erie County Fair 12 Day Pass to receive a refund for the face value of the pass.

The 181st Erie County Fair, set to happen August 12-23, 2020, has been postponed until 2021. In light of these circumstances, we want to share with you the refund policy set in place for the 2020 Erie County Fair 12 Day Pass.

Please note that there will be no exchanges. Passes are void and cannot be used for the 2021 Erie County Fair.

In order to receive a refund on your 12 Day Pass purchase, you must mail the passes to the Fairgrounds Main Office. In-person refunds will not be handled at the Fair’s main office, as it is closed due to COVID-19. Refunds for the face value of the pass will be processed and mailed in the form of a check. Please allow 30 days to receive a refund check.

Please include the following information with your return:
• Name and address of the person who will be receiving the refund check
• Phone Number
• # of passes being returned

Please mail your 12 Day Passes to:
Erie County Fair
Attn: Maria
5600 McKinley Parkway
Hamburg, NY 14075

We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Contact mlucero@ecfair.org with any questions.


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.”

12-Day Pass Refund Information

Full refunds for 2020 Erie County Fair 12-Day passes will be processed by mailing the passes back to the Fair office at 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, New York 14075. Please include the name and address of the individual requesting the refund. In-person refunds will not be handled at the Fair’s main office, as it is closed due to COVID-19. No exchanges. Passes are void and cannot be used for the 2021.

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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