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2017 Fair Trip


August 17 - 20, 2017

This year’s Fair Trip 2017 will be to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, New York.

Dates: August 17th – 20th


AIRLINE RESERVATIONS: You will make your own airline reservation – arriving on August 17th at the Buffalo Airport anytime in the a.m. until approximately 3 pm (so we can attend the fair Thursday evening) and departing on August 20th anytime. We plan on attending the fair Thursday evening.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: You have two options on your hotel room –You can reserve a room to yourself or share a room and share the cost with another person going on the trip. You will indicate your room preference on the Participation Form. We will be staying at the Hampton Inn Airport, 1745 Walden Avenue; Buffalo, NY 14225. Cost is $124 per night, plus tax. We will send a link to the hotel when we receive your participation form so you can make your own reservations. The hotel has a shuttle to/from airport. The hotel is located next to a mall, 22 minutes to fairgrounds and 30 minutes to Niagara Falls.

OTHER COSTS: The Erie County Fair has offered us free tickets to the Fair. We will have to rent a van, cost is approximately $100 per person (maximum) for the van and gas (based on 8 people).

Estimated costs not including tax:

$360 airfare (book your own)
$372 room (by yourself)
OR you can share with another person
$100 Van rental
N/C Breakfast
N/C Tickets to Erie County Fair

All meals are at your own expense and also any extra-curricular activities. Strates Shows will be offering either lunch or dinner at the fair grounds on Friday. Time TBD.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ERIE COUNTY FAIR: The Erie County Fair is considered a “must see fair”! We will spend 1 ½ to 2 days visiting the fair and we also have planned a side trip to Niagara Falls. Get your passports ready if you would like to take a boat ride on the Maid of the Mist to the base of the falls. You only need the passport if you want to go to the Canadian side of the falls for the boat ride. This is going to be a GREAT trip that you will not want to miss out on! Below are some highlights of the Erie County Fair.

  • The Fair is located on 265 Acres
  • Around 1 million in attendance over 12 days
  • Harness Racing Facility on site
  • Gaming Facility on site
  • 60,000 Agriculture Discovery Center (built in 2014) which hosts field trips 2 weeks of every month all year long
  • All livestock and horse facilities are fairly new
  • Guests often say that the Erie County Fair feels like a park.

Here are some quotes about the Erie County Fair:

Joe Potillo:

It has been my family's distinct privilege to be a part of the Erie County Fair for some time. This fair with attendance upwards of one million people still captivates & embraces small town family values. The unparalled focus on Agriculture & Education make this event a must for anyone desiring a first-hand look at the foundation of Americana. Couple that with state of the art facilities, stellar entertainment, and first class hospitality, The Erie County Fair, truly is America's Fair. Come on up to Hamburg it will be an experience you won't soon forget!

Jay Strates:

The Erie County Fair is different because it is one of the largest fairs in the country, yet still has the charm of a small fair. Agriculture and the community come first, even with a casino anchoring the year round revenue. The board and staff have remained true to their roots and the fairs mission and it has led to success.

If you haven’t been on a Fair Trip before, this is a GREAT way to see another Fair as well as make some great friends and memories!

Hope you all will be able to attend – this is an awesome opportunity to see a great fair and get to know our other members of our Florida Fair family!

Please RSVP with the attached form to


Dawn Rowe

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