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Toni Ruberto's Gusto cover story "175 reasons to love the 175th Erie County Fair" was as popular as we figured it would be. But of course she could have kept going well past 175, as several online readers helpfully pointed out. With that in mind, here are reasons 176 and beyond to love the fair, which starts next week in Hamburg: *Wine slushies *The post-wine slushy Tu…

On Wednesday, the Erie County Fair opens at the Hamburg Fairgrounds for 12 days packed with food, fun, games, entertainment, monster trucks and more food. Celebrating its 175th year, the fair remains youthful in its appeal as it continues to draw more than 1 million visitors a year. What’s the draw? We’ll start with 175 reasons to love the fair this summer – you can…

For the second year in a row, the West Side of Buffalo will feel like Burma for a day.The second annual Burmese Water Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on Grant Street, between West Ferry and Hampshire Streets.Burmese foods, dress, music and dancing will take over the West Side. In addition, the festival includes traditional water-related “blessing…

For the second year in a row, the West Side of Buffalo will feel like Burma for a day.The second annual Burmese Water Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on Grant Street, between West Ferry and Hampshire Streets.Burmese foods, dress, music and dancing will take over the West Side. In addition, the festival includes traditional water-related “ble…

“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 Ham…

“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…

For the next 11 days, should you venture anywhere near Allentown, you’re likely to stumble upon some strange, unexpected and potentially intoxicating sights.It might be a motley crew of hula hoopers swiveling their hips en masse in Days Park. It might be a clattering parade of body-painted revelers playing homemade instruments as they march south along Elmwood Avenu…

For the next 11 days, should you venture anywhere near Allentown, you’re likely to stumble upon some strange, unexpected and potentially intoxicating sights.It might be a motley crew of hula hoopers swiveling their hips en masse in Days Park. It might be a clattering parade of body-painted revelers playing homemade instruments as they march south along Elmwood Avenue fro…

Could this weekend be the peak of Western New York's festival season? It's certainly a prime contender. You've undoubtedly already heard about the Italian Heritage Festival that swarms Hertel Avenue and the eight-day Canal Fest, which straddles the Erie Canal in the Tonawandas. While these two are terrific options, a breadth of other summer fests are scheduled near and f…

NIAGARA FALLS – Fifty classic and new Corvettes will be on display Saturday at a free, day-long “Cruise-In” event on Old Falls Street. The Corvette Club of Buffalo and the Sunburst Corvette Club of Crystal Lake, Ill., will show off their vehicles from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event, open to the public, also features live music from Lance Diamond from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.…

NIAGARA FALLS – Fifty classic and new Corvettes will be on display Saturday at a free, day-long “Cruise-In” event on Old Falls Street.The Corvette Club of Buffalo and the Sunburst Corvette Club of Crystal Lake, Ill., will show off their vehicles from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.The event, open to the public, also features live music from Lance Diamond from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., as…

Buffalo Brewfest will have new digs and a new feel this year. The Aug. 8 craft beer festival is heading to Illinois Street in the Cobblestone District. It will go on rain or shine.It previously had been held at First Niagara Center. Organizers made the change to turn it into a “street festival,” perhaps reminiscent of the annually successful Allentown Art Fes…

Buffalo Brewfest will have new digs and a new feel this year. The Aug. 8 craft beer festival is heading to Illinois Street in the Cobblestone District. It will go on rain or shine.It previously had been held at First Niagara Center. Organizers made the change to turn it into a “street festival,” perhaps reminiscent of the annually successful Allentown Art Festival.More…

For Sunday’s crowded slate of summertime events, a few hours were the difference between beauty and the beast. The people who set out for the Taste of Buffalo or Canal Fest at about 3:30 p.m., for example, enjoyed bright sunshine and a gentle breeze – the perfect weather for scarfing down chicken wings and hand-cut french fries. The brave few who ventured out several…

For Sunday’s crowded slate of summertime events, a few hours were the difference between beauty and the beast.The people who set out for the Taste of Buffalo or Canal Fest at about 3:30 p.m., for example, enjoyed bright sunshine and a gentle breeze – the perfect weather for scarfing down chicken wings and hand-cut french fries.The brave few who ventured out several hou…