Efforts underway at Hamburg Fairgrounds as countdown dwindles to Erie County Fair

Posted at 8:37 AM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 08:42:52-04

Cleanup continues at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, one day after the chaos of two tornadoes. 

With less than three weeks to go until the Erie County Fair, all hands are on deck. Piecing back together Mother Nature's aftermath.

As one of the largest and most anticipated events of the year, the Erie County Fair brings thousands of people out to Hamburg - locals and visitors alike.

Marty Biniasz, Communications and PR Manager of Hamburg Fairgrounds said, "at this point, we're set back to about May. Our crews have been out around the clock working hard and the entire community, from volunteers to neighbors to our staff, has been great. It's going to be a tight 19 days." 

But things could have turned out differently.

"Typically, this is the time of year where crews are out all day long. Yesterday, it happened so quickly. Thankfully, it was around lunch time and people were in their vans or on lunch break. A majority of the things that were damaged were just being rolled out," Biniasz continued.

An estimated 3,500 people were on the grounds yesterday when the tornadoes hit. In addition to damage on the property, over 100 cars were damaged as well.

Hamburg Gaming Center has since re-opened. As for the fair, Biniasz said, "our deadline is August 9th."

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