It's fair time.
The 180th Erie County Fair returns Aug. 7 and runs through Aug. 18 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Parkway) so we've pulled together information you will need on gate times, discounts, rides and what you can/can't bring.
The fair opens at noon Aug. 7. For other days, gates are open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., buildings from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the Midway from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Gate admission: $12 adults, $9 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. Advance discount tickets ($7 adult, $5 senior) are available at Tops Markets through Aug. 6.
Parking: $5 for cars. Trams can take you to the gate.
Daily specials: $7 admission before 11 a.m. weekdays (Monday through Friday) and for students after 5 p.m. daily.
Aug. 7: Channel 2 Day, free admission with a donation of two or more canned goods for FeedMore WNY or $5 admission without donation.
Aug. 9: Firefighters Day, free admission for firefighters and auxiliary members with ID.
Aug. 11: Veterans Day, free admission for veterans, active military and auxiliary members with ID.
Aug. 13: Channel 7 Day, $5 all-day admission.
Aug. 15: Channel 4 Day, $5 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.
Strollers, wheelchairs, electric carts and more: Rentals are available at Gates No. 2, 4 or 4A and 5. Reserve mobility rentals by call 888-441-7575, Option 1.
Rides average 5 to 10 credits each. Credits cost 50 cents each so that's about $2.50 to $5 a ride if you buy individual credits. Instead, you can save money by taking advantage of one of the discount options that can be purchased on the Midway. The one-price unlimited ride wristband is $30 for Monday through Friday; $40 for Saturday and Sunday. Another option is a Fun Card, which is like a reloadable gift card the whole family can use; cost is $20 for 45 credits or $50 for 120 credits.
What you can, can't bring in
There are security checks at the main gates and Gusto Grandstand entrance where all bags, coolers and strollers are subject to be searched. Pack lightly and accordingly.
What is allowed
- Bags, food, nonalcoholic beverages, coolers and nonprofessional cameras
What is not allowed
- Glass (including bottles in cooler)
- Signs and placards
- Drones and quadcopters
- Rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles
- Professional cameras, telephoto lens or video recording equipment
- Illegal drugs
- Gang affiliation attire
Grandstand gates open 60 to 90 minutes before the show. Remember that grandstand and general admission tickets are first-come, first-served. The rules for what you can/can't bring in are the same as above, with the addition that you can't bring in umbrellas and professional cameras.
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