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Erie County Fair-goers deserve a rest day after last night's breathtaking show by Dierks Bentley, which captured the hearts of the audience, young and old. A breather, however, doesn't mean the Fair stops altogether. While Tuesday at the Fair doesn't have any major events scheduled, perhaps this is a good opportunity to visit the Hamburg Fairgrounds in relative peace, av…

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If you're a mainstream country music fan, then Monday at the Erie County Fair is likely one of your many August highlights. Dierks Bentley, who's been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards over his 12-year career, will draw a frenzy of country fans to the Hamburg Fairgrounds for an 8 p.m. show at the Gusto Grandstand. The $45 general admission tickets can be purchased here or at…

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He needs very little introduction after successfully tight-roping over Niagara Falls and a gorge near the Grand Canyon, but with the Erie County Fair celebrating its 175th anniversary, Nik Wallenda is perhaps the most famous non-musical guest to grace the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The daredevil walker will teeter above the Fair midway at 8 p.m., concluding his 1,400-foot galli…

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Now in Day 4, the Erie County Fair is hitting full stride. That Polar Vortex you've been reading about shouldn't sadden us until September, and this weekend is expected to be downright balmy. While headliners Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum are still a few days off, the Gusto Grandstand lights up with a former Disney pop star in Bridgit Mendler -- not a Mickey Mouse Cl…

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I was telling people it would be my first time at a county fair, any county fair. The responses I received in return were mostly based on some variation of the theme shock. I then had a friend remind me that I had once attended the Marin County Fair in the county directly north, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. So, yes, I am a fraud. But in my limited def…

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There are few places where you can brush up on your llama knowledge, wax nostalgic with a Van Halen tribute band and guzzle bacon lemonade -- and we're fortunate to have such an eccentric destination in our own backyard. For many, Friday marks the first chance to go truly wild at the Erie County Fair, as there's little fear of having to endure a rough morning-after in you…

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As the lead singer of Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a solo artist, John Fogerty’s voice has been heard on some of the most beloved songs in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. He also might be responsible for some of the most mangled lyrics ever sung by people trying to sing along. Fogerty will take the stage at the Erie County Fair tonight and fans can expect to hear so…

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String players tune, an alligator crawls impatiently, and restless swine toss and turn deep into the night. The 175th anniversary of the Erie County Fair is finally upon us, and the festivities commence at noon Wednesday at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg). As we will each day through Aug. 17, a daily planner post -- replete with recommended activi…

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The Valley Community Association is continuing to host historic walking/shuttle tours of the Old First Ward and the Buffalo River waterfront in August and September. Remaining dates are Aug. 7 and 14 and Sept. 7 and 14.Gene Overdorf, a native Old First Ward historian, will lead the tours, which will take place along the Buffalo River and cover the history of both its sides…

Darien Lake’s Kingdom Bound Festival, one of the nation’s leading family Christian music festivals, will be a place for people of all ages to have fun Sunday through Wednesday. Adults will get to hear music from some of the biggest names in Christian rock, including Michael W. Smith, Skillet and Steven Curtis Chapman. There will be chances to participate in visual arts wo…

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The final weekend before the Erie County Fair is anything but blase. Perhaps the chief reason for excitement is just how different each of this weekend's options are: You can revel in tasty sweet corn, take endless rides of Ferris wheels, eat desserts with bacon in them, embrace the passion of Michael W. Smith and even pull some tractors. We'll shine the spotlight on thr…

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A new Young Miss Buffalo will be crowned on Aug. 3 following a pageant with several shining participants. Each of the young ladies, ages 13-17, has participated in life-enrichment and esteem-building programs throughout the year, qualifying them to be contestants at this event. The motto of both the pageant and of its creator is: “Helping young women become their best.” …

A new Young Miss Buffalo will be crowned on Aug. 3 following a pageant with several shining participants. Each of the young ladies, ages 13-17, has participated in life-enrichment and esteem-building programs throughout the year, qualifying them to be contestants at this event. The motto of both the pageant and of its creator is: “Helping young women become their best.”You…

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The Buffalo Bisons will host their fourth annual free movie night with a showing of Disney’s animated film “Frozen” at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 on the massive Coca-Cola Field videoboard. There is no admission charge. Fans can sit in the first base seating area or bring a blanket to sit on the field. Limited free parking will be available in the Bisons' Exchange Street lot. The Cente…

The Buffalo Bisons will host their fourth annual free movie night with a showing of Disney’s animated film “Frozen” at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 on the Coca-Cola Field scoreboard. There is no admission charge. Fans can sit in the first base seating area or bring a blanket to sit on the field. Limited free parking will be available in the Bisons Exchange Street lot. The Centerfield and…