Applications for Fair Camp are now available from the Erie County Agricultural Society. Hosted during the Erie County Fair, Fair Camp will give children a first-hand experience in raising, caring for and showing livestock, as well as a behind the scenes look at the Fair.
The Erie County Agricultural Society inaugurated its award winning Fair Camp program in 2009 as a way to stimulate an interest in agriculture, a passion for learning and foster a love of the Erie County Fair. In the 10 years of its existence, over 300 children and their parents have slept overnight in a barn, assisted with farm chores, showed animals in a livestock competition and worked inside a fair food concession.
Fair Camp is a two and a half day agricultural and county fair immersion experience for children ages 8-10 and an accompanying parent. The Camp hosts two sessions, one each week of the Fair; Friday-Sunday, Aug. 10-12 and 17-19. Campers and a parent/guardian live on the Fairgrounds during the session in the “hay loft” located inside the Agriculture Discovery Center. Number of participants for each session is limited to six children and an accompanying parent. Small groups ensure each child gets a unique experience and personal attention.
Children interested in participating are required to apply no later than May 7. Applications are available online at www.ECFair.org. There is no cost to attend Fair Camp, including meals and entertainment, as the program is underwritten by the Erie County Agricultural Society. Questions may be directed to the Fair’s Agriculture Education Office at 649-3900 ext 6499 or by emailing Education Coordinator Amber Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org.