Who says you need to pay full admission to the Erie County Fair? We've got 10 ways to get discounts – if not free – admission to the 178th edition of the Fair, which opens Aug. 9 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
Regular admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 60 and older but here are ways to save.
Advance tickets. Save on the regular gate admission price by purchasing advance vouchers at Tops Friendly Markets. The vouchers cost $7 for adults, $5 for ages 60 and older and can be purchased through Aug. 8.
Bring a kid. If you are 12 years old or younger, it's always free to get into the Fair.
Bring a student. Older kids get discounts, too. Ages 13 to 22 can bring their school ID and get $5 admission after 5 p.m. daily.
Discount TV days. Three local TV stations are hosting their own days at the Fair and that means discounted admission prices. Aug. 9 is Channel 2 Day with $2 admission and $2 parking; Aug. 10 is Channel 4 Day with $4 admission and $4 parking; Aug. 15 is Channel 7 Day with $5 admission.
Food bites. Who doesn't like to eat at the Fair? Take advantage of $2 food items during the Taste of the Fair on Aug. 14 where you can sample from more than 100 vendors.
Help others. Bring a canned good starting at noon on opening day (Aug. 9) and get free admission. All goods are donated to the Food Bank of WNY.
Honoring those who serve. Firefighters and auxiliary members get in free on Firefighters Day, Aug. 11. Veterans, active military and auxiliary members also receive free admission on Aug. 13. ID is required.
Early birds get the discount. Get to the Fair by 11 a.m. weekdays (Aug. 11 and 14-18) and admission is only $5.
Cheap rides. If you like the midway rides, take advantage of the one-price specials. For $25, you can ride all you want Monday through Friday; save an additional $5 by buying your ride voucher at Tops (through Aug. 8). Weekend wristbands are $40 (at the Fair only). Strates Shows Fun Card with 70 ride credits is $23 (via ecfair.org until Aug. 8).
Free entertainment. Once you're inside the gates, there's plenty of free entertainment like the popular Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, marching bands and the Nya: Weh Indian Village Dancers. Don't forget the two free grandstand concerts: The Bellamy Borther sand John Conlee on Aug. 10 and Mr. Speed, the World’s Best KISS Tribute Band, on Aug. 11.
For more information, including the full schedule, visit ecfair.org.