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Nancy Miosi took a good look at the top. She was about to climb onto a midway ride known as the Sky Wheel or more generally as the double Ferris wheel, and Miosi realized she had forgotten one thing since she rode it as a teenager in the 1960s at the Erie County Fair. At almost 80 feet at its peak, this was one tall ride. Still, Miosi had promised to join her 9-year-…

Gusto

More urban than Nashville is how the pre-concert playlist flowed on Monday night in Gusto Grandstand at the Erie County Fair. This was a sign that the show about to be underway was not a usual country music concert. The sold-out crowd with track-side and way-up-in-the-grandstand seats was there to see rising country-western star Kane Brown, and they were singing enthusi…

Festivals

Social media is a little weird sometimes. A tweet by Clarence High School alum Maddy Smith featured a still shot from the Instagram story of her friend, Marisa Miosi – confusing enough already, right? – that exulted the perks of being a member at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. It spread like wildfire, earning nearly 24,000 retweets and more than 200,000 l…

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For a few years in a row at the Erie County fair, Grandma Rainbow kept offering a gentle warning to her fellow clowns. “This might be the last one for me,” she would say, while such longtime friends as Kasper, Bubbles, Blue Belle and Sparkle hung onto faith that Grandma Rainbow would find a way to make it back. “She loved the fair and she loved children and somehow she …

Gusto

You could always count on seeing horse racing during the Erie County Fair. This year you'll also be able to see a new kind of competition: drone racing. More than 50 drone pilots from around the world will compete in the race on Aug. 10 and 11, one of three master-level events conducted internationally this year. It's one of many ways the fair is a paradox: It is …

Attractions

What’s 80-feet tall and double the fun of a Ferris wheel? A double Ferris wheel, of course, and the Erie County Fair has one. The towering Sky Wheel is one of the most talked-about "new" attractions to check out at the 180th Erie County Fair, held from Aug. 7 to 18 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. OK, Sky Wheel isn't quite new since it debuted at the Fair in 1963 where it…

Festivals

It really seemed like competitor pig "Jim Smelly" was the favorite in one of last year's Erie County Fair Swifty Swine races. He had the first challenge – facing the proper direction at the starting gate – down, more than could be said for "Russell Bo-swine," who looked thoroughly confused by the obstacle course in front of him. As it turned out, neither pig named after…

Gusto

The Erie County Fair is known for teasing exotic foods to build a buzz for the 12-day festival, which runs from Aug. 7-18 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Years ago, the mammoth deep-fried turkey legs – roughly the size of bowling pins – were the stunner, but more recently it's been concoctions such as deep-fried butter, a doughnut grilled cheese, a deep-fried pizza cone and…

Gusto

A young ventriloquist, a classic pop music tour, a comedian and rising pop star are among the varied acts scheduled to perform so far at the 180th Erie County Fair being held from Aug. 7 to 18 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Here is what has been announced for the Gusto Grandstand. Darci Lynne & Friends. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Tickets are $38 preferred track, $30 track rese…

Gusto

Country star Kane Brown, who earned an American Music Awards hat-trick last year, will perform at the Gusto Grandstand at the Erie County Fair this summer. Brown's show is scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway. Tickets, which range from $55-$90, go on sale at 10 a.m. March 28 through Tickets.com, by phone at (888) 223-6000, or in…

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Multi-talented comedian Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias was announced Wednesday as the first performer for the Gusto Grandstand at the Erie County Fair. The San Diego native will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg). General admission tickets will cost $28, with reserve seats ranging from $40-$55, and they'll be available at 10…

Festivals

This weekend marks the final time to visit the Erie County Fair for its 2018 season, and the slate is littered with action-packed events, from tractor pulls to demolition derbies and more. But since we've passed along the key details, previewed the new foods, introduced the ketchup-serving robot, snapped Smiles on opening day, reviewed the ZZ Top show and took in the sc…

Food and Drink

The summer festival season is winding down for the Buffalo area, but the coming week - Monday through Thursday - still has much to offer for things to do. From the Erie County Fair to the stretch run of two highly-regarded theater productions, consider this mix of events when planning your week ahead. Stay tuned for The 10, which previews the top events for the weekend,…

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Earthy Texas blues, primal Chicago-soaked electric boogie, swampy deep-south soul, a dash of pop smarts, and a hat-full of unforgettably catchy riffs helped ZZ Top sell tens of millions of albums over the past 50 years and along the way endeared the band to a broad cross-section of arena rock and roots music fans. Long-time proponents of the “If it ain’t broke, don’t ev…

Festivals

1) All Time Low, Dashboard Confessional, gates at 5 p.m., show from 6 to 10 Aug. 12 at Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Advance general admission is $39.50 here, which rises to $45 day-of. Commentary: Take that angst brewing beneath the surface and let it out with a high-pitched shriek on Sunday in Lewiston, as All Time Low, which just played the final Warped Tour, a…