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, avoiding the weekend maze of children dangerously waving cotton candy and an adventurous goat that escaped from its pen (I'm not saying either of these happened, but it's possible).
Here are three smaller-scale events today that we'd recommend:
1) The Fab Four at the Gusto Grandstand, 7:30 p.m., free: The Fair may be celebrating its 175th anniversary, but it's also the 50th anniversary party of the Beatles' Fab Four performance on the "Ed Sullivan Show." The Fab Four tribute band heading to Hamburg isn't just a quartet of dudes trying to revive mid-'60s mop-tops -- they're a national touring outfit with a real reverence for the musicians they try to emulate. The free show is sponsored by Hamburg Gaming.
2) Jerry Valley, master hypnotist at Tops Avenue of Flags Stage, 2:30 and 9 p.m.: If you're intrigued by hypnotism, Jerry Valley has been practicing the art for over 30 years. Tuesday marks his first day at the Erie County Fair this year, and he'll be on the schedule through the festival's conclusion. One challenge: Try not to drool on yourself when you're under his spell. Remember that this is 18+.
3) Help Feed a Baby Calf at the Agriculture Discovery Center, 5 p.m.: If you rush, there's a chance to help satiate a baby cow at noon, but these little fellas need to eat dinner, too. We've heard that calves will always be your friends if you hand them food.