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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Three quality shows - Band of Horses, the Spill Canvas and Rise Against - have already sold out for this week in Buffalo, especially impressive because all three concerts are indoors. Thankfully, there's still a wealth of event options to choose from Monday through Thursday. Beatles Rooftop Tribute 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 outside Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.), in Larkin Squ…

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No, they're not as crazy as the deep-fried butter and deep-fried Kool-Aid from years past, but the new food offerings slated for Erie County Fair 2018 bring a bit of a "wow" factor. Fair organizers rounded up the media for a preview of new foods for the festival that runs Aug. 8-19 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg). The cost to attend the Fa…

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NYBP's honey beer supports Mason's Mission New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport) will release its newest beer, Mason, on July 26. The limited-edition honey blonde ale is 5.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), and was brewed with 240 pounds of wildflower honey. It is being released on Disability Independence Day, and $1 from every pint sold will benefit M…

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Antone's Cuisine: Fair-friendly hoagies and snacks. Owner: Lindy and Theresa Sokolowski Price range: $3-$9 Established: 2015 Dishes to try: Steak hoagie, $8.50. Social media: Facebook, Twitter Note: Antone's is also on rotation at Food Truck Tuesdays, although its breakout was as a vendor at the Erie County Fair.

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More free concerts, a new seating option and a lineup rich in country music are some of the highlights of the just announced Erie County Fair Grandstand music lineup. The 179th edition of the fair runs from Aug. 8 to 19 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Opening night features a concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, only the fifth performance of the BPO at the fair. I…

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As a little boy, Tyler Haniszewski shared a bedroom with his brother, Tim Jr. On weekend nights during the summer, when their father would travel to compete in the demolition derby at some faraway county fair, Tyler and Tim Jr. would will themselves to stay awake. They'd listen for the sound of his car in their Lancaster driveway, and they'd leap out of bed when their d…

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When Tim Haniszewski Jr. was growing up in Lancaster, he and his brother Tyler didn't worry about Little League baseball or Pop Warner football. Their passion was the demolition derby. The boys used to set up a make-believe fairgrounds in the bedroom they shared. They'd smash Matchbox cars to smithereens, just like they watched their father do with real cars on weekend …

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Comedian Daniel Whitney’s career hit superstardom when he took on the persona of Larry the Cable Guy, a blue-collar Southern man with the catchphrase “Git-R-Done!” Now with best-selling books and albums, a prominent role in the Disney-Pixar “Cars” franchise and a Sirius XM show on Blue Collar Radio, Larry the Cable Guy is teaming with his former touring partner Jeff Foxwor…