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We’re righting a great wrong here. And we are, at long last, fully explaining why. Please note the accompanying piece by Dale Anderson explaining why he did not cover one of the greatest musical events of our era, Woodstock. We covered it the wrong way at the time, but even that was a triumph (of which more later). I ought to know. I was the wrong way that we covered …

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It's the Fair's final Friday -- the fairgrounds' festivities have flown by. Aggressive alliteration aside, the weekend will begin with a bang -- and probably several revs, thuds and roars. Friday's featured event is the Lucas Oil Truck and Tractor Pull -- which includes the Western New York Pro Farm Pullers -- at 6 p.m. at the Gusto Grandstand of the Hamburg Fairgrounds.…

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In a safe environment, a massive collision can be exhilarating. The metal-on-metal crunch, the deafening roar of an engine and that eerie instant of silence before impact all stimulate the senses, often producing a simultaneous wince and grin. The Erie County Fair's headline event for Thursday is the Ultimate Night of Destruction, raging at 7 p.m. on the dirt track betwee…

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It’s that time of year again. The NFL preseason has started and we are into the last weekend of the Erie County Fair – both sure signs that summer is coming to an end. So let’s face it, there are a limited amount of weekends left in the season, and you are slowly realizing that you did not do and see all those things you dreamed about during the long months of the p…

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There's an argument to be made for Lady Antebellum's Erie County Fair show as even more anticipated than Dierks Bentley's celebrated Monday gig. At 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Gusto Grandstand, the three-piece country-pop band from Nashville, Tenn. will showcase major hits like "Need You Now," "I Run to You" and "Just a Kiss" while also previewing their September album, 747. …

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Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park (museum, gardens, memorials, docked boats and Liberty Hound restaurant) will be the waterside site for the annual Tribute to Our Troops and fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Rotary Club of Buffalo, led by event chairman Paul Marzello, is co-producing the event. Canalside, Buffalo’s ever-blossoming waterfront cultur…

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Erie County Fair-goers deserve a rest day after last night's breathtaking show by Dierks Bentley, which captured the hearts of the audience, young and old. A breather, however, doesn't mean the Fair stops altogether. While Tuesday at the Fair doesn't have any major events scheduled, perhaps this is a good opportunity to visit the Hamburg Fairgrounds in relative peace, av…

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We admire you, Western New Yorkers, for being able to choose from the dizzying array of local events scheduled for last weekend. From the Erie County Fair to Buffalo Brewfest to Girl Talk to Edgefest to two guys named Drizzy and Weezy, the second weekend of August seemed like a good time to invent cloning or omnipresence. Because almost all of these events were well-atte…

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If you're a mainstream country music fan, then Monday at the Erie County Fair is likely one of your many August highlights. Dierks Bentley, who's been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards over his 12-year career, will draw a frenzy of country fans to the Hamburg Fairgrounds for an 8 p.m. show at the Gusto Grandstand. The $45 general admission tickets can be purchased here or at…

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By Shawn Campbell NEWS STAFF REPORTER Nik Wallenda has called Western New York his “second home.” A high-wire walk over Niagara Falls two years ago propelled the daredevil into the international spotlight. He’s become a mainstay at Darien Lake this summer, performing show after show at the amusement park. Wallenda loves Western New York. And those who live here l…

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He needs very little introduction after successfully tight-roping over Niagara Falls and a gorge near the Grand Canyon, but with the Erie County Fair celebrating its 175th anniversary, Nik Wallenda is perhaps the most famous non-musical guest to grace the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The daredevil walker will teeter above the Fair midway at 8 p.m., concluding his 1,400-foot galli…

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Now in Day 4, the Erie County Fair is hitting full stride. That Polar Vortex you've been reading about shouldn't sadden us until September, and this weekend is expected to be downright balmy. While headliners Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum are still a few days off, the Gusto Grandstand lights up with a former Disney pop star in Bridgit Mendler -- not a Mickey Mouse Cl…

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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 h…