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178th Erie County Fair opens today

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Wed, Aug 9th 2017 09:15 am
WHAT: Opening ceremony of the 178th Erie County Fair
WHO: Erie County Fair representatives, 2017 "Ultimate Fairgoer," singing of the national anthem by Ladies First Quartet, fireworks, NFTA, Food Bank of WNY
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. opening ceremony, noon - gates open, 12:30 p.m. - game inspection
WHERE: Historic McKinley Gate, McKinley Parkway, Hamburg Fairgrounds
The 178th Erie County Fair will officially open to the general public at noon. There will be a short ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the historic McKinley Parkway iron gate. The program will also include remarks by fair officials, introduction of the 2017 "Ultimate Fairgoer" and a flurry of fireworks at noon. The Ladies First Quartet will sing the national anthem.
Here is what you need to know for day No. 1 of the Erie County Fair:
Live in the GUSTO Grandstand
•The return of the Happy Together Tour featuring Flo & Eddie of the Turtles, The Association, Chuck Negron, The Box Tops, The Cowsills & the Archies Ron Dante. The show is part of the National Grid Concert Series and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available at the ticket office located behind the grandstand.
Deals and Discounts
•Channel 2 Day, with $2 admission and $2 parking.
•Canned food drive: Guests who bring a canned food donation receive free admission to the fair. Donations will benefit the Food Bank of WNY.
•One price ride day: Unlimited ride wristbands are available for $30 on the Strates Midway. Guests who pre-purchased their ride vouchers at Tops may redeem them at the Strates ticket booth at the top of the Avenue of Flags.
•Erie County Fair Cooks! Kitchen & Shoppe: Live culinary demonstrations with:
12:30 p.m. Independent Health Healthy Option Series featuring "It's Crunch Time - Learn To Cook With Kale"
2 p.m. Independent Health Healthy Option Series featuring "It's Crunch Time - Learn To Cook With Kale"
3 p.m. Niagara Falls Culinary Institute presentation with chef Rachel Jolbert
5 p.m. WGRZ-TV's Pete Gallivan and chef Scott Leggett, US Foods
7:30 p.m. Chaz Bulera, US Foods
Special Events
•Midway game inspection: The New York State Troopers and Erie County Sheriff's Office will inspect the midway games to ensure they are fair for guests. Inspection will begin around 12:30 p.m.
•Ceremonial keg-tapping: To celebrate the 2017 Erie County Fair Beer, a ceremonial keg tapping will take place at 5 p.m. at the "Cork & Brew On The Avenue," located on the Avenue of Flags. The Erie County Fair Beer was brewed by Flying Bison using the recipe of the fair's homebrew competition winner.
•Skylighters Fireworks: Opening day will end with an actual bang when Skylighters Fireworks light the night sky. The show is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. The most ideal viewing will be in the grandstand, or trackside.

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