We've had an unusual spring that started cold and wet and then very dry after we the long winter months.  So let's celebrate the start of summer 2018 at the fairgrounds.  The Erie County Fair will officially welcome summer 2018 with brief, ground level firework display .  This will take place at the exact moment of the summer solstice, Thursday, June 21st at 6:07 a.m. on the fairgrounds, near the South Park Avenue entrance.

In addition to celebrating the 1st day of summer, the pyrotechnic display also promotes the return of a longtime Fair tradition… daily fireworks. Each night of the Fair August 8-19, a fireworks display produced by Skylighters of Western New York will begin at 9:30 p.m.

“Generations of Fairgoers remember winding down their Fair day by watching fireworks,” said CEO & Fair Manager Jessica Underberg. “We are proud to bring back this tradition as we celebrate our sesquicentennial year in Hamburg.”

 

Daily pyrotechnics is part of the Fair’s celebration commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Erie County Fair being held at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. In 1868, by a one vote margin, the Erie County Agricultural Society’s Board of Directors voted to move the Fair from the Village of Springville to property owned by Luther Titus and the Hamburg Driving Park Association. The property, that included a half-mile racetrack, was offered free of charge for holding the annual Fair. The decision to relocate only 12 miles from the City of Buffalo kicked off a period of unprecedented growth for the Fair, eventually resulting in the Erie County Fair becoming one of the largest fairs in North America. In 2017, The Erie County Fair ranked as the 12th largest fair when compared to all state and county fairs in the United States and Canada.

 

Country artists Chris Young to perform at the Buffalo.com grandstand on August 9th and Midland will do a FREE show with Fair Admission on August 14th.