Fair Fun has Begun!

August 8, 2012 Updated Aug 8, 2012 at 6:50 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 8, 2012 Updated Aug 8, 2012 at 6:50 PM EDT

(Hamburg, NY) The rides are running and food is being served at the fairgrounds.

Fair organizers tell Eyewitness News this year's midway is bigger and better than ever before.

However, the fair couldn't open without a visit from Sheriff Tim Howard, who along with staff made sure fairgoers weren't getting ripped off at any games.

Howard tells Eyewitness News "we pre-inspect the games before the fair begins, to make sure there's at least some elements of skill involved in winning."

He explains "we'll check make sure nothing's being switched around, from time to time we'll ask the vendor to demonstrate how you can win."

The Erie County Fair continues to grow. This year it renovated the Fireman's House, to look like it did back in 1935.

There is also a butterfly habitat. Jessica Underberg, the Assistant Fair Manager, says it is "definitely one of my favorites. It's a quiet place for families to go to take a load off."

Underberg says this year there's bacon wrapped in chocolate, donut burgers and catfish on a stick.

Animals are another fair favorite -- and a place for local farmers to show off.

David Hoffman, a dairy farmer in Western New York, explains "we came here with our five cows because it introduces people to the dairy industry here in Western New York."

The Erie County Fair is set to impress crowds until August 19th.

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