The Erie County Fair offered free admission to firefighters and fire auxiliary members Friday, August 12, as part of its Firefighters Day celebration, but this will continue.
The fair is taking an extra step to say thank you to firefighters who responded to the Lockport fire. They extended free admission, until the end of the fair, to all the departments that helped with it.
"When they announced that today... that is awesome," said Jim McCullough, retired fire coordinator for the Erie County Emergency Services. "The fair respects firefighters in Western New York.
This day is also a day firefighters reflect on why they do what they do.
"It just allows you to be a part of something and give back to the community," said Jennifer Broska, the President of the Town Line Volunteer Fire Department. "It is your neighbor... you are helping your neighbor when they're in need."
Even 10-year-old Victoria Thomas knows she wants to grow up and be a dedicated firefighter just like her mom.
"Ever since I was little, I was dreaming of being in the fire department," said Thomas. "I know that I am going to be in the fire department because we come from a fire department family."
Firefighters can show proper ID at the gate and receive free admission to the fair, held at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The fair is open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.
In addition to free admission, the fair hosted a memorial service for firefighters at 3 p.m. in the Firemen's Building. The annual Firefighters Parade took place at 6:30 p.m. at the GUSTO Grandstand.
You can find more information on the fair extending free admission to those who helped during the Lockport fire here.
You can find out more about what to expect when you head to the fair here.
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