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The 2018 Erie County Fair: Everything you need to know

The 179th Erie County Fair kicks off Aug. 8 and runs through Aug. 19 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway. Here's what you need to know.

Hours

The fair opens at noon Aug. 8. For other days, gates are open 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; buildings from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; the midway from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost

Gate admission: $10 adults, $7 seniors (60 and older); free for ages 12 and younger. Grandstand tickets purchased in advance also get you into the Fair on the day of the event.

Discounts: There also various ways to get a discounted admission once The Fair starts.

Daily specials: $5 admission before 11 a.m. weekdays (Monday through Friday) and for students after 5 p.m. daily.

Aug. 8: Free admission with a canned food donation to the Food Bank of WNY or $2 admission without.

Aug. 10: Firefighters Day, free admission for firefighters and auxiliary members.

Aug. 12: Veterans Day, free admission for veterans, active military and auxiliary members.

Aug. 14: Channel 7 Day, $5 all-day admission.

Aug. 16: Channel 4 Day, $4 all-day admission.

Need extra money?: ATMS are available at multiple locations include the Event Center lobbies, outside the Carousel Room, Hamburg Gaming, Kiddieland, Food Court, East Grandstand, inside all gates, and the Marketplace.

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Getting around

Parking: $5. After you park, grab a tram to take you to the gate. Trams also are available inside the Fairgrounds.

Strollers, wheelchairs, electric carts and more: Rentals are available at Gates No. 2,  4 or 5 and 4A (front lobby of Event Center). Reserve mobility rentals by call 888-441-7575, Option 1.

The Midway

Rides average 5 to 10 credits each. Credits cost 50 cents each so that adds up to $2.50 to $5 per ride if you buy individual credits. If you enjoy rides, the one-price option may be a cost-efficient way to go. One-price ride days are $30 at the gate for weekday (Monday through Friday) or $40 for a weekend ride wristband (Saturday and Sunday).

Grandstand events

Grandstand gates open 60 to 90 minutes before the show. Allow time for the security check-in (your bags will be checked so pack lightly and accordingly) and remember that grandstand and general admission tickets are first-come, first-serve.

What you can bring in: Bags, food, beverages, coolers and nonprofessional cameras.

What you can't bring in: glass (including bottles in that cooler), umbrellas, professional cameras, telephoto lens or video recording equipment.

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