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See live reindeer, hop aboard the Upstate Farms Express and meet Santa all while checking out one million lights that will illuminate the Hamburg Fairgrounds during the annual Fairgrounds Festival of Lights The lights will be switched on for the opening of the 14th year of the festival on Nov. 23. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. weekends through Dec. 16, with an expanded sched…

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About 60,000 holiday gift-seekers are expected to pour into the Hamburg Fairgrounds for Christmas in the Country in pursuit of needlepoint pillows, hand-painted mailboxes and other artisan goodies you just can't get at your big box store. Likewise, 400 vendors brace for the sheer influx of people flocking to the 34th annual expansive artisan market. Sprawling over five …

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Glassing Magazine was one of the hosts of Buffalo's first Beach Glass Festival, held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Events Center. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, too.

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The African Violet and Gesneriads Society of Western New York will meet at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation facility. Contact Judy Oneil at judyoneil1945@gmail.com for detailed directions. Western New York Rose Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 21 at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Steve Styn will pre…

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Thanksgiving is a time for feasting, for enjoying the comforts of home. From family to football, from pumpkin pie to the mighty green bean casserole, there's plenty to keep us content. But let's talk turkey. At some point, you will need to get out. Wouldn't it be fun, with all the expats and relatives back on the scene, to celebrate things that are going well in our …

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Peter and the Wolf” at 2:30 p.m. April 17 in Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle). This is a comical story about Little Red Riding Hood that is great for kids of all ages. Tickets range from $9 for kids to $18.50 for adults. Tickets and info here. Why you should check out this event: THE BPO is awesome and Kleinhans is stun…

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For those looking for a respite from Western New York’s unrelenting beast of ballyhoo that is its festival season, bad news: it’s not done yet, and it may be getting stronger. Amid the thick of the Erie County Fair’s annual fanfare and two weeks before RiverWorks’ first crack at hosting Buffalo’s Irish Festival comes Lewiston’s “ARTsPARKed,” an all-day event (11 a.m. to 7…

When Erie County Fair organizers set out to develop a list of attractions for the summer event, they’ve long worked on arranging a slate of musical acts and crowd-pleasing thrill shows.In recent years, though, the fair has focused on another source of chills and spills: eats and drinks native to its own midway.“Food is the number one reason people come to the Erie County F…

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Perhaps it's time to change the name of Western New York's signature summer event from the Erie County Fair to the Erie County Food. Fair organizers have announced that 20 new menu items to this year's offerings for the event that runs Aug. 12 to 23. They include: Deep Fried Chicken Wing Dip, an invention of Diventuri Concessions, which utilizes Frank’s Red Hot sauce, chi…

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By Shawn Campbell NEWS STAFF REPORTER Steeped in tradition, the Erie County Fair offered the usual delights over its 12-day run – the 61-car carnival train, a Ferris wheel and fried dough among them. But as the 175th edition of Western New York’s biggest summer fair ended Sunday, it was clear fair officials had made room for new offerings, too. It all added up to a reco…

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It's the Fair's final Friday -- the fairgrounds' festivities have flown by. Aggressive alliteration aside, the weekend will begin with a bang -- and probably several revs, thuds and roars. Friday's featured event is the Lucas Oil Truck and Tractor Pull -- which includes the Western New York Pro Farm Pullers -- at 6 p.m. at the Gusto Grandstand of the Hamburg Fairgrounds.…

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There's an argument to be made for Lady Antebellum's Erie County Fair show as even more anticipated than Dierks Bentley's celebrated Monday gig. At 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Gusto Grandstand, the three-piece country-pop band from Nashville, Tenn. will showcase major hits like "Need You Now," "I Run to You" and "Just a Kiss" while also previewing their September album, 747. …

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Oh, lucky little poor little Peyton.Dierks Bentley’s Monday night show at the Erie County Fair grandstand was the 5-year-old boy’s first-ever concert.The country rocker set a standard that nobody will ever meet.That’s not just because Bentley and his five-piece band were impressive. They were, but frankly, when you’ve reached the platinum-sellin…

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By Shawn Campbell NEWS STAFF REPORTER Nik Wallenda has called Western New York his “second home.” A high-wire walk over Niagara Falls two years ago propelled the daredevil into the international spotlight. He’s become a mainstay at Darien Lake this summer, performing show after show at the amusement park. Wallenda loves Western New York. And those who live here love th…

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The list of seminal rock stars you would want to see just to say you saw them – regardless of how much talent they may or may not still possess – is short and glorious: your Ringos, your Dylans, your Arethas. John Fogerty? You’re darn right. The former lead singer for Creedence Clearwater Revival, whose hard-edged voice gave life to a host of classic tunes in the ’60s an…