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An Erie County Fair primer

ERIE COUNTY FAIR

Where: Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg

When: Through Aug. 21

Gate times: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Building hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Midway hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission: $10 adults, $7 seniors; ages 12 and younger are admitted free.

Info: ecfair.org

Daily

The fair is filled with free daily events. Here’s a list of some of the activities to enjoy any day you go.

Backyard Circus and Puppet Parade: Kids can run away and join the circus by becoming dancers, tigers, high-wire walkers and more at the Backyard Circus. Afterward, they can enjoy the Puppet Parade. When: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. in Kiddieland.

Moo U Livestock Tours: Take a guided tour of the barns at the fair and ask questions, too. Tours last 40 to 60 minutes each. Times: Tours are between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. every hour on the half hour in the Agriculture Discovery Center.

New York State Police Demonstrations: See some of the skills officers need to do their jobs including rappelling, K-9 and more. When: 2:30, 4 and 6 p.m. at the New York State Police Building.

Nya: Weh Indian Village Dance Troupe: Native history and heritage is celebrated in traditional dances. When: 11 a.m., 4 and 7 p.m. at Nya:Weh Indian Village.

Ramblin’ Lou Family Band: The great Ramblin’ Lou is gone, but his family returns to the fair as it has annually for 50 years, this time in his honor. When: 5:30 p.m. (except Aug. 17) at Avenue of Flags stage.

Swifty Swine Racing Pigs. They’re back. Fairgoers cheer on these fast little guys in this popular attraction. When: 11 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. near the Agriculture Discovery Center.

New

There is an impressive number of new events and attractions this year. Here are just 10.

Horse Headquarters: Learn about the majestic animals through daily demonstrations including training, show preparation and the various species of horses. When: Noon to 7 p.m. inside Horse Barn E.

Barnyard Cackle Review: Rocky Da Roosta will lead a flock of chickens singing and dancing, telling jokes and stories from the barnyard. When: every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Barn 9 near the Agriculture Discovery Center.

Circus Incredible: This family trio – Rietta, Lyric and Simon – perform two aerial stunts from more than 25 feet in the air, and one ground stunt per show. When: Noon, 4 and 6 p.m. (2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) near Showplace.

Critter Fitter: Want to see how livestock is prepared for shows like the fair? You’ll see it all from grooming to packing a tack box at this Moo U behind-the-scenes look. When: 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 6 p.m. at the Agriculture Discovery Center.

A Grizzly Experience: This show combines education, laughs and some thrills, too, as trainers give the audience an in-depth look at the Alaskan Grizzly, a creature that can weigh up to 800 pounds and stand 8 feet tall. When: 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. at Gate 5.

Heritage & History Center: This new permanent installation chronicles more than 195 years of agriculture, food, competition. See rate artifacts and more at this center, located inside the fair’s 1885 Octagon Building.

In Capable Hands: This husband-and-wife team is a modern juggling and vaudeville act. When: 1, 3 and 8 p.m. at Evans Bank Family Entertainment Complex.

Mutts Gone Nuts: Samantha Valle will lead the canines through a variety show-style performance with jumping, dancing, balancing acts and more. These talented mutts are all rescue animals, reinforcing the message of pet adoption. When: 1, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. at Kiddieland.

Pictorial Postmark: Love pickup trucks? The U.S. Post Office will be at the fair with a new series of stamps celebrating American Pickup Trucks. You can buy the stamps and have them canceled with a special Erie County Fair postmark. Bring your own mail or receive a complimentary postcard.

Wolves of the World: Learn about wolves in the wild and in legend with the Sandlofer Family. These demonstrations are both entertaining and educational. Times: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. at Gate 5.

Daily highlights

Thursday, Aug. 11

Love the midway rides? Then take advantage of one-price ride day at the fair. Buy a wristband for $30 at the ticket booth and ride all you want.

Friday, Aug. 12

Firefighters Day includes a memorial service at 3 p.m. at the Firemen’s Building and a parade starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Gusto Grandstand. Firefighters and auxiliary members are admitted to the fair free.

Saturday, Aug. 13

If you’re headed to the fair today, be sure to stick around for the fireworks starting at 10:30 p.m. with Skylighter Fireworks.

Sunday, Aug. 14

For Veterans Day, all veterans and active members are admitted free. Events include a recognition ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Veterans Park infield and a parade at 1 p.m. starting at the Gusto Grandstand.

Monday, Aug. 15

If you love the fair, then you probably love food. Today’s Taste of the Fair lets you buy samples from more than 100 vendors for $2 each. A full list will be available at the gate.

Tuesday, Aug. 16

Celebrate Fair Bear’s birthday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Slade Park with the Pepsi Cola Marching Band.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

The fair celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Avenue of Flags with a special group photo at 5 p.m. to illustrate the largest gathering of American flags the fair. You’ll get a free flag you can take home after the photo.

Thursday, Aug. 18

The Strates Shows Midway is offering 90 minutes of free rides - from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - in celebration of nine decades of the fair.

Friday, Aug. 19

It’s Day 2 of the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League’s Truck and Tractor Pull. Starts at 6 p.m.; separate tickets are needed.

Saturday, Aug. 20

Today is Bike to the Fair Day - and yes, you read that right. Join other bicyclists at 8:30 a.m. at Wilkeson Pointe near the Buffalo Outer Harbor for the 22-mile trek to the fair. Group ride back is at 3 p.m. Advance registration is required (via the fair’s website); the $10 fee includes fair admission and secure bike parking.

Sunday, Aug. 21

The new Statewide Demolition Derby Championship will feature the Top 3 cars from county fairs across New York competing for the state title. Starts at 3 p.m.

Grandstand events

What’s a fair without music? Here’s a look at the Gusto Grandstand events. Tickets are available at the Fairgrounds box office and tickets.com

7:30 p.m. Aug. 11: Happy Together Tour with the Turtles, featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Mark Lindsay, the Cowsills and the Spencer Davis Group; $25-$30.

8:30 p.m. Aug. 12: Memphis Legends, a tribute to Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins; free

7:30 p.m. Aug. 13: Shawn Mendes; $35.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 14: Hunter Hayes; $30-$40.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 15: Lee Brice; $35-$45.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 16: Jeff Dunham; $40.

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