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Niagara County Fair has openings for vendors

LOCKPORT – Opportunities still exist for local businesses and organizations to obtain spots at the Niagara County Fair, planned for Aug. 5-9.

Sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County (CCE), the fair attracted 30,000 people last year to its site at 4487 Lake Ave., offering vendors a chance to reach thousands in a family-friendly environment. Vendor space sold out during last year’s event.

“The Niagara County Fair has grown steadily over the past several years and we consistently receive positive feedback from vendors about the high number of business leads and sales they generate in the five days of the fair,” said Cathy Lovejoy Maloney, CCE Niagara’s executive director.

“So, the fair is a great opportunity for vendors to promote their businesses and organizations, but it is also a way to give back to the community, since all proceeds (ticket sales, etc.) are put back into CCE’s year-round programming for the children, families, seniors and farmers in our county,” she added.

The fair’s theme this year is “Grow With Pride in Niagara” and Squawk! Vegas Birds will perform at the fair for the first time. This traveling exotic bird show features magnificent macaws, Amazons, a conure and a cockatoo.

These birds have performed on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” “America’s Got Talent” and Animal Planet’s “PetStar.”

In addition, Buffalo Magician Todd Nelson will be performing Thursday to Sunday; a bicycle stunt show will be featured Friday and Saturday; and the popular K9s in Flight will perform each day, featuring rescued or adopted dogs.

And what’s a fair without food? Options this year also will include Molinaro’s Italian fare, Jewel of India, Eastern Pearl and 5 Hogs BBQ.

A visit to the Niagara County Fair can be fun, but also educational. Bicycle safety tips are offered at the twice-daily Bicycle Rodeo, and the Agriculture Discovery Zone offers interactive displays about agriculture and food systems in Niagara County, including a farmers market on Saturday. A “Corn Corral” for sandbox-type fun gives children a chance to play while adults take a break.

And, of course, 4-H animals and exhibits are always featured.

Once again, from rock bands and country to steel drums and bluegrass, the fairgrounds will be alive with music. Creekside Classic Country, Caribbean Extravaganza, Craig Wilkins, Jeff Didion, Widow Maker, Strictly Hip, Wasted Whiskey, 90 West, Carrie G, Higher Mountain Bluegrass and more are all slated to perform.

Call (716) 433-8839, Ext. 224 for more information on obtaining a vendor spot.