The Erie County Agricultural Society and Tops have developed initiatives to help families create summertime experiences that will mimic the traditional activities found at the Erie County Fair.
A press release said, “Tops is making sure that you can still indulge in those delicious fair foods this summer right from the comfort of your own home with inspiration to create a fantastic family fair experience with recipe and game ideas at topsmarkets.com/FairFavorites.
From classic sausage with peppers and onions, Mexican street corn made with Amaize corn, grilled Cajun potato wedges to unique offerings that only the fair can dream up like Cheetos’ Flamin Hot mac n’ cheese, Tops has unique ideas on how to bring the fair alive for family and friends this summer. Even those sweet treats, with a healthy twist, such as the deep-fried Oreos, can be found at the Tops’ recipe gallery. There are also easy at-home recipes for homemade fried ice cream and fried dough that’s ready in just 10 minutes.
Create your very own fun fair games like a water balloon or egg toss, hula-hoop contests, guess the number of Goldfish (the delicious crunchy snack) in the fish bowl, ring toss, lollipop pull, backyard bowling, and bean bag ladder toss. Visit the seasonal sections in stores or find ideas on Facebook (@TopsFriendlyMarkets), Instagram (@TopsMarkets) and on Pinterest (@Topsmarkets).
Wrap up the experience and join ECAS and Tops on Saturday, Aug. 15 for “Blast Out Hunger,” a food drive and fireworks drive-in at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The admission price is a bag of nonperishable food to benefit FeedMore WNY, with donations taken directly from each participant’s own vehicle as they enter from either the South Park Avenue or Quinby Drive entrances. The Skylighters’ Fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be accompanied by music on AM 1620. Gates open at 7 p.m. (The rain date is Saturday, Aug. 22.)
Social distancing measures will be strictly adhered to. Parking will be first-come, first-served. Before heading to the Erie County Fairgrounds for the fireworks, organizers are encouraging people to pick up nonperishable food items for donation from their local Tops Friendly Markets.
“We know our fans are missing out on many traditions this summer,” said Jessica Underberg, Erie County Agricultural Society CEO. “This partnership with Tops provides the opportunity to create memories, not only at home creating fair-like foods and games, but helping out the community and taking in an evening of fireworks.”