The Erie County Fair got started August 12 and runs through August 23. Looking to build off of the momentum from last year in which a new attendance record was set, some new features this year are sure to attract people of all ages.

“The Erie County Fair is now listed as the third largest fair in North America and one of the reasons we consistently remain popular is the constant introduction of new attractions and exhibits,” said Martin Biniasz, director of entertainment and special projects marketing manager for the Erie County Agricultural Society, the private not-for-profit membership organization that annually produces the Erie County Fair.

“This year we are excited to be introducing our ‘Little Hands on the Farm’ interactive exhibit that is sure to be popular with children. It’s a great example of how we provide hands-on educational experiences about agriculture.”

The free exhibit, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., allows children to participate in various “farm chores” that include milking a cow, planting crops, driving a tractor and working in a chicken coop. Then they’ll be able to convert their hard work into “cash” and spend it at a “farmers market” to purchase a snack for their efforts.

Biniasz also notes that during this year’s Erie County Fair the various exhibit buildings will open an hour earlier, at 9 a.m., and there will be free fireworks displays on August 20 and August 23.

“We say it every year, but the Erie County Fair has something for everyone,” said Biniasz. “Free entertainment, great food, outstanding musical entertainers and the livestock barns are just a few to be mentioned as we look to build on last year’s record-breaking year and continue to offer fun for the whole family.”

For more information about the Erie County Fair, visit or call (716) 649-3900.