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Erie County: 'Breakfast with Champions' to benefit scholarship fund


Mon, Apr 29th 2019 03:45 pm

Get to the Erie County Fair early on Wednesday, Aug. 14, and hit the chow line for “Breakfast With Champions.”

This inaugural fundraiser, to benefit the Erie County Agricultural Society’s scholarship fund, will include a country-style breakfast featuring Western New York-sourced sausage, eggs and maple syrup, along with pancakes and home fries. Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m. inside barn 1. Guest are asked to use gate 1A (McKinley Parkway near Quinby).

During the event, a spotlight will shine on winners of the 4-H and FFA competitions as well as 2019 recipients of the society’s scholarships.

“We are proud of our youth winners who tirelessly work to be the best,” said Jessica Underberg, fair CEO. “Members of 4-H, FFA and the recipients of our agriculture and fair scholarships are quickly becoming leaders in their communities. By attending ‘Breakfast With Champions’ we are investing in the future of Western New York.”

Preparations for “Breakfast With Champions” began last year when a prized hog was purchased by the society at the 4-H livestock auction. Following the County Fair, the animal was processed and made into sausage that will be served at the breakfast taking place inside the fair’s Barn 1.

Tickets for “Breakfast With Champions” go on sale May 1 online at www.ECFair.org and at the fairgrounds main office. The $25 presale cost includes breakfast and admission to the County Fair. Tickets increase to $30 day of event. Proceeds will benefit the Erie County Agricultural Society’s scholarship fund.

Fair exhibitors may purchase tickets for $18 during the time of online entries. A limited number of tickets are available for this event.

The Erie County Agricultural Society presents up to $20,000 in scholarship opportunities to students who participate in the Erie County Fair. Scholarships are awarded based on general fair participation and those involved in agricultural-related activities. Since its inception in the 1950s, the goal of the scholarship program has been to connect the region’s students with agriculture, business and volunteerism.

The 180th Erie County Fair will be held Aug. 7-18. Visit www.ECFair.org.

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