A ranking of top fairs and exhibitions has named the Erie County Fair the largest county fair east of the Rocky Mountains, the third-largest county fair in the U.S., and 12th-largest fair overall in North America in 2019. The ranking of fairs, based on attendance, is published annually by CarnivalWarehouse.com. The Top 50 fair list includes all county and state fairs, exhibitions and rodeo shows in the U.S. and Canada.
"This ranking is something that the entire Buffalo Niagara Region can take pride in accomplishing,” said Marty Biniasz, Erie County Fair marketing manager. “When looking at the ranking, you need to consider that the Erie County Fair out draws most state fairs in the United States. The West Coast county fairs that rank above us benefit from a much longer operating run and are located in Top 10 U.S. population markets.”
In 2019, the all-time attendance record for the Erie County Fair was shattered as the “Best 12 Days of Summer” in Western New York concluded with a final attendance of 1,238,456. This number represented a 3.3% increase from 2018, and made 2019’s number the highest attended fair in the history of the Erie County Agricultural Society. The previous all-time record was achieved in 2014 (1,220,101).
The Texas State Fair in Dallas was the top draw, with 2,514,637 people. A complete list can be found at: https://carnivalwarehouse.com/images/site/pageserver/file/top50/2019list.pdf.
About the Erie County Fair
The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The mission of ECAS, sponsor of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York.
The 2020 Erie County Fair is scheduled for Aug. 12-23. Visit www.ECFair.org.