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I was telling people it would be my first time at a county fair, any county fair. The responses I received in return were mostly based on some variation of the theme shock. I then had a friend remind me that I had once attended the Marin County Fair in the county directly north, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. So, yes, I am a fraud. But in my limited def…

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There are few places where you can brush up on your llama knowledge, wax nostalgic with a Van Halen tribute band and guzzle bacon lemonade -- and we're fortunate to have such an eccentric destination in our own backyard. For many, Friday marks the first chance to go truly wild at the Erie County Fair, as there's little fear of having to endure a rough morning-after in you…

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As the lead singer of Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a solo artist, John Fogerty’s voice has been heard on some of the most beloved songs in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. He also might be responsible for some of the most mangled lyrics ever sung by people trying to sing along. Fogerty will take the stage at the Erie County Fair tonight and fans can expect to hear so…

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String players tune, an alligator crawls impatiently, and restless swine toss and turn deep into the night. The 175th anniversary of the Erie County Fair is finally upon us, and the festivities commence at noon Wednesday at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg). As we will each day through Aug. 17, a daily planner post -- replete with recommended activi…

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The Valley Community Association is continuing to host historic walking/shuttle tours of the Old First Ward and the Buffalo River waterfront in August and September. Remaining dates are Aug. 7 and 14 and Sept. 7 and 14.Gene Overdorf, a native Old First Ward historian, will lead the tours, which will take place along the Buffalo River and cover the history of both its sides…

Darien Lake’s Kingdom Bound Festival, one of the nation’s leading family Christian music festivals, will be a place for people of all ages to have fun Sunday through Wednesday. Adults will get to hear music from some of the biggest names in Christian rock, including Michael W. Smith, Skillet and Steven Curtis Chapman. There will be chances to participate in visual arts wo…

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The final weekend before the Erie County Fair is anything but blase. Perhaps the chief reason for excitement is just how different each of this weekend's options are: You can revel in tasty sweet corn, take endless rides of Ferris wheels, eat desserts with bacon in them, embrace the passion of Michael W. Smith and even pull some tractors. We'll shine the spotlight on thr…

A new Young Miss Buffalo will be crowned on Aug. 3 following a pageant with several shining participants. Each of the young ladies, ages 13-17, has participated in life-enrichment and esteem-building programs throughout the year, qualifying them to be contestants at this event. The motto of both the pageant and of its creator is: “Helping young women become their best.”You…

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A new Young Miss Buffalo will be crowned on Aug. 3 following a pageant with several shining participants. Each of the young ladies, ages 13-17, has participated in life-enrichment and esteem-building programs throughout the year, qualifying them to be contestants at this event. The motto of both the pageant and of its creator is: “Helping young women become their best.” …

The Buffalo Bisons will host their fourth annual free movie night with a showing of Disney’s animated film “Frozen” at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 on the Coca-Cola Field scoreboard. There is no admission charge. Fans can sit in the first base seating area or bring a blanket to sit on the field. Limited free parking will be available in the Bisons Exchange Street lot. The Centerfield and…

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The Buffalo Bisons will host their fourth annual free movie night with a showing of Disney’s animated film “Frozen” at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 on the massive Coca-Cola Field videoboard. There is no admission charge. Fans can sit in the first base seating area or bring a blanket to sit on the field. Limited free parking will be available in the Bisons' Exchange Street lot. The Cente…

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“Down-home blues, down-home blues,” the song goes. “All she wants to hear are those down-home blues ...”Buffalo’s got them.Every summer, a new feeling wafts through the air. Well, make that an old feeling. It’s the vibe of bygone juke joints like the Pine Grill, the Moonglo and the Little Harlem Hotel. It’s the honk of a beat-up saxophone, the wail of the Hammond B3. It’s …

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“Down-home blues, down-home blues,” the song goes. “All she wants to hear are those down-home blues ...” Buffalo’s got them. Every summer, a new feeling wafts through the air. Well, make that an old feeling. It’s the vibe of bygone juke joints like the Pine Grill, the Moonglo and the Little Harlem Hotel. It’s the honk of a beat-up saxophone, the wail of the Hammond B3. I…

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Squeaky Wheel is a Buffalo treasure. Canalside is a Buffalo treasure. So Squeaky’s Tuesday Night Flicks at Canalside could be called a marriage made in Buffalo heaven. The series is not the first time the nonprofit media arts center has held events at Canalside – last summer saw the bicycle-themed Wheel-to-Reel Film Series and an encore presentation of its Outdoor Animatio…

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Squeaky Wheel is a Buffalo treasure. Canalside is a Buffalo treasure. So Squeaky’s Tuesday Night Flicks at Canalside could be called a marriage made in Buffalo heaven. The series is not the first time the nonprofit media arts center has held events at Canalside – last summer saw the bicycle-themed Wheel-to-Reel Film Series and an encore presentation of its Ou…