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Erie County Fair: everything you need to know about admission, parking, rides and more

Posted at 3:22 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 09:15:49-04

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Step on up and get your complete guide to the Erie County Fair. The fair is in town for 12 days, so hurry fast and travel down to the Hamburg Fairgrounds before it's too late.


The 180th Erie County Fair will happen at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg). While you're at the fair, come visit the 7ABC crew at Tom Jolls park.


It costs $5 for vehicles to park in the fair lots and $20 for buses. Only gates 2, 4, 4A and 5will have wheelchair and scooter rentals available.

How Much

Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors. Children under 12 get into the fair for free.

Channel 7 Day at the Fair!

Circle your calendar! You can get into the fair for only $5 Tuesday, August 13. That's a $7 discount.

Other days at the fair with gate specials:

  • Firefighters Day - Friday, August 9

FREE admission for Firefighters and Auxiliary members with proper ID

  • Veterans Day - Sunday, August 11

FREE Admission for Veterans, Active Military and Auxiliary members with proper ID

  • Early Morning Admission - Weekdays

$7 Admission before 11:00 a.m. every weekday (Monday through Friday)

  • Student Special - Every day

$7 Admission for students after 5:00pm, with proper student ID
Gate Hours

For the first day of the fair (Wednesday, August 7), the gates open at 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The gate hours for the fair after opening day will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Building Hours

Building hours will be as follows: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Midway Hours

Midway hours will be as follows: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


The fair makes it a point to make sure the fair is accessible and enjoyable for everyone. There will be sensory kits available for people to use to help distract kids from their anxiety. People can get these kits from anywhere at the fair. It includes headphones, ear plugs, stress balls, silly puddy, sunglasses and more.

The fair also paved the picnic area to help with wheelchair accessibility.

Events at the fair

There is so much to do and see at the Erie County Fair. There is a beer garden, agricultural center, heritage and history center, marketplace building, a butterfly exhibit and so much more! You can find a list of exhibits, attractions and buildings by clicking here.

Concerts at the GUSTO Grandstand

  • August 7

Darci Lynne
Concert time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $20

  • August 8

Concert time: 8:00 p.m.
Concert is free.

  • August 9

The PettyBreakers
Concert time: 8:30 p.m.
Concert is free.

  • August 10

Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias
Concert time: 8:00 p.m.
General admissionis $28

  • August 11

North American Drone Masters Race
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event is free.

  • August 12

Kane Brown
Concert time: 8:00 p.m.
General admission is $55

  • August 13
Event time: 7:00 p.m.
Event is free

  • August 14

Happy Together
Concert time: 7:30 p.m.
General admission is $25

  • August 15

Diamond Rio
Concert time: 8:00 p.m.
Concert is free

  • August 16

Australian Pink Floyd
Concert time: 8:00 p.m.
General admission is $28

  • August 17

2019 Ultimate Night of Destruction
Event time: 7:00 p.m.
General admission $18.

  • August 18

2019 Afternoon Demolition Derby
Event time: 1:00 p.m.
General admission is $22

2019 Evening Demolition Derby
Event time: 6:00 p.m.
General admission is $22


You can find a list of competitions here.

Fair Food

Save your appetite! You're gonna need it once you get past the gates at the fair. And get this-- you get to vote on which dish reigns supreme at the Erie County Fair this year. All you have to do is download the official fair app. Here's a list of mouth-watering food you can vote for:

Bacon Cheeseburger Poutine
Poutine Gourmet

Brisket Nachos
Dre's Place BBQ

Buffalo Chicken Banana Peppers
Salvatore's Pizza

Chicken Feta Fries

Hot Candy Wings

Mac & Cheese Sundae
Mineo & Sapio

Pierogi Poutine with Shredded Pot Roast
Babcia's Pierogi

Potato Butts
Renaissance Lodge Curly Q's

Soba Noodle Stir-Fry with Sweet Teriyaki Chicken
Wok on the Wild Side Foods

The Flaming Hot Cheetos Fries
Big Kahuna's

Caramel Crack Fries
Big Kahuna's

Luv Puffs, AKA "Poffertjets"
Tropic Love

Loganberry Funnel Cake Corndog
Chester's Gators & Taters

Not Your Mother's Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake
Cheesecake Guy

Strawberry Mezza Luna (Strawberry and Cream Cheese Filled Calzone)
Salvatore's Pizza

Strawberry Waffle Bombs
Waffle Bomb

The New Food Showdown runs from August 7 to August 13. You can find more information here.