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Celebrating a fair-ly good summer

SPRINGVILLE—Nothing helps cap off a good summer like heading to the county fair. Situated at the southern end of Erie County and northern tip of Cattaraugus County, residents of the Springville area get to travel a short distance to both fairs.

Just a few days separate the end of the Cattaraugus County Fair and the beginning of the Erie County Fair, with a variety of events scheduled at both, there’s something for everyone. The Cattaraugus County Fair begins Tuesday, July 31, in Little Valley, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 5. Erie County hosts its fair beginning Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Hamburg, ending Sunday, Aug. 19.

Cattaraugus County Fair

July 30 - Aug. 5

Little Valley Fairgrounds, 501 Erie St., Little Valley

Kick off the Cattaraugus County Fair with the demolition derby and SUV demolition derby exhibit on July 30. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the grandstand event has free admission. The grandstand events will also feature concerts by Kane Brown and The Charlie Daniels Band, on July 31 and Aug. 1, respectively. Monster Mash Truck Rallies will be Aug. 3 and 4, with the Championship Demolition Derby on Aug. 5.

New this year is the Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic Sensations and Bears off Bearadise Ranch. See the Hansen family perform high speed juggling and extreme hula hooping, or expand your knowledge on bears including preservation and conservation efforts.

The Olde Indian River Lumberjack Show, Lee Germain and Judi Lee Magic Show and Commerford’s Petting Zoo will all return.

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4-H Horse Shows will run July 30 through Aug. 2, with all breeds running Aug. 3-5; and the WNY Pro Stock Tractor Pull will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2.

Ticket pricing varies depending on evening events, weekly passes are available for $35 for adults, $25 for juniors and $20 for children 2-11-years old. Presale tickets can be bought at all Cattatraugus County Bank locations, Community Bank in Orchard Park, Olean, Allegany, Portville or Gowanda, the Cattaraugus County Federal Credit Union in Little Valley and the Super Duper in South Dayton. Tickets can be purchased at the fair office weekdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information, visit CattaraugusCoFair.com or visit them on Facebook.

Erie County Fair

Aug. 8-19

Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg

Sponsored by the Erie County Agricultural Society, the Erie County Fair highlights all Erie County has to offer. From agriculture to fine arts and photography, there is something for everyone.

The Agriculture Discovery Center has interactive exhibits including Milkable Mabel, which gives kids the opportunity to simulate milking a cow. The chicken hatchery, moo-ternity ward and sow and piglets will give visitors an up-close look at the relationship of mom and baby in different species. The Milking Parlor, Harvest Theater and Blacksmith Shop all provide demonstrations of the agriculture industry.  

The Little Hands on the Farm interactive exhibit teaches kids ages 2-10-years-old the work it takes to be a farmer. By participating in “chores,” like milking a cow and driving a tractor, the kids get to turn their products into cash at the Farmers Market. The free pint-sized farm is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Head over to the Ag-Grange Building to sample fruits, vegetables and product exhibits by local growers or check out the Creative Arts Exhibit Area to see work created by Western New York residents. The Heritage and History Center, located in the 1885 Octagon Building, brings the history of agriculture, food and competition to life. Exhibits in the building chronicle traditions from years’ past to the fair as it is today.

The Erie County Fair 5k will step off Saturday, Aug. 11 at 8:30 a.m. The 3.1 mile race begins at the Grandstand and continues through the Village of Hamburg. Registration before race day is $25, the morning of is $30. Proceeds benefit the Erie County Agricultural Society Scholarship.

Admission to the Erie County Fair is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and free to children under 12-years-old. Discounted tickets can be purchased at Tops Friendly Market locations through Aug. 7. Special promotions and pricing are Aug. 8,10,12,14 and 16. Admission is $5 before 11 a.m. on weekdays.

For more information, visit ECFair.org or visit them on Facebook.

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