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182nd annual Erie County Fair pulls out all the stops for an immersive fun family experience

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For Jessica Underberg, the Erie County Fair in Hamburg has always been her magical summer place. Growing up, she was a 4-H member showing livestock, entering baked goods and even sewing prom dresses as part of the fair competitions. She started working at the fair as a member of the front office staff in 1996.

“It’s our very own magical kingdom right in our own backyard,” Underberg said. “This fair holds a special place in my heart. In fact, I even have my Master Beef Cattle Show Award hanging in my office right now.”

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And not just any office. Four years ago, after working in multiple positions at the fair over 22 years, she was promoted to CEO and fair manager. For her, the 12 annual fair days are the highlight of the summer.

And this year’s 182nd Erie County Fair, Aug. 10 through 21, is no exception. The Buffalo News Grandstand is jam-packed with fun for the whole family.

“The grandstand lineup this year is as broad as it’s ever been,” Underberg said. “There is just so much variety for every single member of a family, from toddlers on up to grandparents. And it’s affordable and walkable.”

As in past years, fairgoers who bring four or more cans of food on opening day get into the fair for free; all donations will benefit FeedMore Western New York. Fair gates open at 11 a.m. each day and close at 10 p.m. Coolers and food are allowed in; alcohol, grills and glass bottles are prohibited. Daily admission is $13.50 and tickets are sold online only; day-of tickets will be available for $15, payable by credit/debit card only. Parking is free in fairground lots.

Once fairgoers pass through the gates, the entertainment options are endless, Underberg said. From music performances, agriculture in the barn and shopping to a large-scale street artist, camel kingdom and the renowned Gary the Silent Clown, guests can explore and immerse themselves in nearly two weeks of nonstop fun, capped off with a 9:30 p.m. nightly fireworks display.

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“Highlights that will delight are so numerous it’s difficult to pick my favorites,” Underberg said. 

A few suggestions

Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy will have the entire family laughing with his juggling and balancing acts at the Evans Bank Family Entertainment Complex. Daily shows are at 2:30, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Food galore. With over 500 food options at 130 food vendors, there is surely something for everyone’s appetite. Pilgrim Sundaes (Thanksgiving in a bowl), beer cheese and bacon pickle chips, barbecue ribs, chicken parmigiana pot pie, Brazilian bowls of beans and rice served inside a pineapple, gourmet mac and cheese, slider sandwiches, Italian sausage, funnel cakes and Polish tacos are just the tip of the foodie iceberg. Come hungry.

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Three satellite and one main stage will host performances by Nelly, the Erie County Fair Allstar Band, Gabriel Iglesias, Riley Green, The Fab Four — The Ultimate Beatles Tribute, Ramblin Lou Family Band, WailOn — Waylon Jennings Tribute Band and Zach Williams, to name just a few. Roller skating and motorcycling acts from the hit show “America’s Got Talent” will also be entertaining crowds during the Ultimate Stunt Circus. Add to that the Final Show of Gary the Silent Clown, the Stars of the Peking Acrobats, Racing Pigs, the Nya-Weh Indian Village smoke dancers and creative arts competitions, and attendees will have more than enough to choose from.

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Underberg is especially proud that this year the fair will hold “sensory-friendly hours” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 16. During this time, fair sounds will be kept to a minimum so fairgoers who experience issues with noise sensitivity can be at ease. In addition, the fair’s popular sensitivity room, located near the Security Building, provides a safe space for fairgoers who are physically and/or emotionally overwhelmed from overstimulation.

“I encourage everyone to make sure they stop by the barn to see the animals and talk to the kids showcasing their favorites,” she said. “The kiddos are so proud of the work they’ve done with their animals, and believe me, we have animals from every walk of life, and they’re just excited to show them off.”

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As for Underberg, she will be at her favorite fair post — right inside the front gate greeting families and listening to kids excitedly talk about what they want to do first.

For her, it’s like a magical trip down memory lane — for 12 straight days.

For more information on tickets and schedules, please visit ecfair.org.

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