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Tornado damage estimated near $3 million at Erie County Fair

Damage at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from the July 20 tornado is estimated to reach $2.5 million to $3 million, but Erie County Fair CEO Dennis Lang said Thursday that insurance will pay for the repairs.

"Our insurance coverage will be stressed to the limit," he said.

He said 95 percent of the debris has been removed. Repairs to air conditioners, roofs, signs, building trim and lights continue. Replacement picnic tables, large umbrellas and portable bleachers have been ordered, with delivery expected by the time the fair opens Aug. 9.

Lang also said no seats will be lost in the grandstand, which was heavily damaged.

"The only thing we've lost is some shade. We've lost approximately 50 trees, so there's going to be some areas that might be a little bit sunny," he said.

He also praised his staff for working hard the past week to clean up and prepare for the fair.


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