Erie County Fair 2014
(Day #17: 30-Day Blog Challenge)
This year marked the 175th Anniversary of the Erie County Fair. Buffalo is in this county and the fair has been a tradition for my entire life and I am glad that we are able to share it with Shawn. The fair goes for 12 days and can proudly call itself the 3rd largest County Fair in the country. There is so much to do from the typical rides, games and livestock. There are concerts, performers, exhibits, a craft show, local businesses and the list goes on and on. We usually spend about 6-8 hours at the fair but this year was a little different.
I had been talking for year about wanting to get nighttime photos of the fair rides and usually we go early and are ready to leave by the time it gets dark. So this year Michael agreed that we could go later on. It felt weird to not be there first thing in the morning but it was nice to walk around with the cooler temps for a while. As awesome as it was to photograph the fair at night, we didn’t get to do 1/2 of our normal activities. We got a later start than we wanted because of various things but we still had a good time.
The fair grounds are beautifully landscaped and most of it is sponsored by local clubs and businesses. Great promotion for them and it makes the fair so pretty. This is the pond that is sponsored by a club that one of my coworkers is in. There are tons of buildings, multiple parks with the grounds, a Nya:Weh Indian Village, live animal exhibits (and not just the 4H animals) and even if you spent all day there, you will likely miss something.
This was my most favorite thing that I ate at the fair. It’s a Cherry Shortcake with Ice Cream and Whipped Cream. I think I could have eaten 20 of these yesterday. They were so good!
But of course, you can’t miss out on eating Fried Dough with lots of powdered sugar and popcorn and candy apples. It really reminds me of the chapter in Charlotte’s Web where Templeton is being told about the fair and all of the wonderful stuff he will find there to eat. The smells of fair food is just so tempting and hard to resist. Yum!
Shawn must have been a little out of sorts when it came to rides because it took him a while to really get into them. The fair was running a Food Bank of WNY charity drive where if you bought in a canned good, you got $5 off of all day ride passes so we helped out the food bank and saved money. Works for me!
Like I said, it took him awhile to want to ride anything. I think it may have been the swings that did it to him. He had never been on them before (they were the children’s swings) but he insisted he was going to. I don’t think he realized how high they would go because he was freaked out and after that if anything went a little high, he didn’t want to go. (Even on rides he had been on last year. Poor kid!) But we found some low-key rides and he was good to go.
Of course we played a couple games and Shawn won a pink ball (his choice and he has so many stuffed animals, I was glad that he didn’t select them).
The Erie County Fair is super crowded and last year there was an attendance record of 1,160,000 people. So getting around to take photos (in the dark especially) was not as easy as I had imagined. I did get a few good shots and I am happy with that but next year I think we will go back to our normal daytime stuff. Even though it is considerable hotter during the day, we get to do more.