“The Best 12 Days of Summer” are just five weeks away — the 184th Erie County Fair takes place Aug. 7-18.

Advance sale admission tickets will be available throughout the month of July only at ECFair.org. Adult admission tickets are $17 ($15.04 + $1.96 in fees) when purchased online through July 31 and $22.60 ($20.00 + 2.60 in fees) when purchased online between Aug. 1-18 or at the gate during the fair. Kids 12 & under are free every day (no ticket necessary). It is important to note that the Erie County Fair exclusively sells admission tickets on ECFair.org and cannot guarantee the authenticity of tickets not purchased directly from the fair website.

Admission Information:

• Gates and buildings will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Midway open 12-11 p.m.

• Parking is free on the Fairgrounds lots.

• The Fair is credit/debit card only at the gate.

• Reverse ATMs will be available at Gate 1, 4 and 5 for individuals who do not have a credit/debit card readily available. Fairgoers can bring cash to the reverse ATM and receive a card to use at the gate and where credit cards are accepted around the grounds.

• Sensory Hours will take place on Aug. 13 between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sensory friendly hours have been designed for people that might find the typical fair visit too much to handle. A more toned-down version of the Erie County Fair where the rides will run with no flashing lights, music or microphones and the volume level will be turned down for entertainment and announcements. Midway will open at noon.

Specials and ways to save:

• Aug. 7: Free admission with a donation of four or more cans of non-perishable food to benefit FeedMore WNY. No ticket necessary.

• Aug. 9: Free admission and $10 voucher valid for food, beverage or rides for Firefighters and auxiliary members (with proper ID). No ticket necessary.

• Aug. 11: Free admission and $10 voucher valid for food, beverage or rides for Veterans, Active Military and auxiliary members (with proper ID). No ticket necessary.

• Aug. 12: Taste of the Fair Day provides an opportunity for fairgoers to taste their way through the Fair for just $3 per sample at all food concessions on the grounds.

• Aug. 13: On Fairtacular Shopper’s Day, a majority of retail vendors will offer special discounts throughout the grounds.

• Aug. 14: One Day Only! Share Your Fair Gate Discount Day includes two gate admission tickets for just $30 ($26.55 + $3.45 in fees). This special pricing is available online and at the gate on August 14 and only valid for that day.

• Aug. 15: One Day Only! Share Your Fair Ride Discount Day includes two ride wristbands for just $50 ($48 + $2 in fees). Pricing will be available online and at the Strates Shows ticket booths on August 15 and only valid for that day.

Free performances at The Buffalo News Grandstand included with gate admission:

• Aug. 9 — Paul Russell, an American rapper and singer best known for his 2023 single “Lil Boo Thang” that became popular on TikTok.

• Aug. 11 — Country music band, BlackHawk, will perform hit after hit including “Goodbye Says It All.”

• Aug. 13 — The 406 FMX High Air Tour will perform two action packed shows with top riders from the X-Games and Nitro Circus to perform front flips on dirt bikes, backflips on UTVs, and so much more.

• Aug. 15 — Warrant, an iconic group in rock history that has dominated charts with hits like “Heaven” and “Cherry Pie.”

Visit www.ECFair.org for more information.

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