Fair Attendance Exceeds One Million

August 22, 2010 Updated Aug 24, 2010 at 1:23 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming


Fair Attendance Exceeds One Million

August 22, 2010 Updated Aug 24, 2010 at 1:23 PM EDT

HAMBURG, NY ( WKBW ) The 2010 edition of The Erie County Fair has come to a conclusion at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg, with attendance going over the million mark.

The official count is: 1,022,164.

Fair Marketing Manager Louann Delaney appeared on "Eyewitness News" with weather anchor Jennifer Stanonis Sunday, and credited nice weather, new attractions, and the traditional "fair food" as just some of the reasons attendance was up over 2009.

The "Wheel Of Fortune" inside the WKBW Gazebo in Slade - Tom Jolls' Park was also a winner for the kids. More than $10,000 was raised for the Variety Kids Telethon seen every March on Channel 7. While Variety organizer Steve Podosek is still counting the $1 donations from the visitors who spun the wheel for a prize, he did tell Eyewitness News that the donations topped 2009 figures.

The Erie County Fair opened August 11th, and included concerts from rocker Peter Frampton, country star Jason Aldean, and disco legends The Village People.

The Fair also showcases agriculture, and the farming community of Western New York. Visitors learned about the importance of farming in our area while participating in several ag-related activities, finding out about farming, farm animals, and where many of our favorite foods come from.

The Strates Shows on the midway offered the usual rides for all ages, including a new attraction called the "Hamster Ball" where young people can run around in an inflated ball in a shallow kiddie pool.

Tear down of the Fair is expected to take a few days, with the Strates Shows heading to Syracuse for the New York State Fair, opening August 26th.