The Erie County Fair is a fair held in Hamburg in Erie County, New York every August. It is the second largest fair in New York topped only by Great New York State Fair which is 110 acres (0.45 km2) larger, and the third largest county fair in the United States, often drawing over one million in attendance.
The first Erie County Fair was held in 1819, and was hosted by the Erie County Agricultural Society. The fair is currently the second longest operating fair in the United States. The fair is third largest county fair in the USA with an average attendance hovering around 1 million people.
The 2013 fair will run from August 7 – 18. The 2014 fair will run from August 6 – 17.
The Agricultural Society was established in 1819, then called the Niagara County Horticultural Society. It held its first fair in 1820 on what is now the site of the Donovan Office Building in Buffalo. One year later, Niagara County split into Erie and Niagara Counties, and so did the agricultural society. The Erie County Agricultural Society is the oldest civic, community member organization in Erie County. The only time in the history of the fair where the event was not held was 1943 during World War II due to rationing of supplies for the war effort. The fair was briefly renamed America’s Fair during the early to mid-2000s in an effort to expand the fair beyond Erie County; it has since been renamed the Erie County Fair.
Beginning in the 1990s, fairs had themes. Recent themes include:
2013- Experience it
2012- Wild About the Fair
2011- Red, White, and You
2010- Fair Fever
2009- Summer Love a Fair
- 275 Acres
- 86 permanent buildings and structures
- 4 green parks (Baker, Slade, Fries, Hickory Tree)
- 15,000 parking spaces
The attendance for the Fair has a 6 year average of over 950,000.
Senior Citizen (60 Plus): $7.00
Children ages 12 & under: FREE
James E. Strates Shows has played the fair since 1924 and still provides the midway with approximately 70 rides and 100 games. The Strates Midway is the only railroad carnival operating in the US. The 61 car train travels over 6,500 miles and to 16 cities each and every season.
Fair Address: 5600 McKinley Pkwy, Hamburg NY, 14075