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Rides, games, corn and deep fried something

As a child, this time of year was bittersweet in life. Two prominent local festivals – the Eden Corn Festival and Erie County Fair – are set to begin, bringing great food, rides, games and a ton of fun and great memories.

On the flip side, it also signaled that the end of summer was drawing near. From an adult perspective the end of summer now means football season is around the corner, and as a Buffalo Bills fan, hope springs eternal this time of year (and hopefully the additions of players such as Mario Williams and Stephon Gilmore will turn hope into more victories).

This is a great time, both as a youngster and an adult, to take advantage of a pair of festivals that we are fortunate to have in our backyards year in and year out.

From Aug. 2-5, large groups of people will be making their way down Route 62 to enjoy the Eden Corn Festival.

It is in the midst of two historic years for the popular event. This year is Eden’s Bicentennial and Sunday’s annual parade will be dedicated to that special occasion and helping the year-long birthday party continue.

This is the 49th annual event, so the festival will be gearing up for its 50th celebration in 2013.

It is not only a great way to create memories, but to support the local farmers by enjoying the corn, as well as enjoy the other food and entertainment.

It was always a nice precursor to the 173rd Erie County Fair, which is one of the largest county fairs in the United States and coming off a year in which it set an attendance record with 1,053,150 people walking through the turnstyles.

With the exception of the final day when heavy rains came through the area, the weather was great for the other 10 days and the early indications are that we should be in store for another year of great weather. Once again, the Erie County Fair should be filled with large numbers of people.

The Erie County Fair begins Aug. 8 and continues until Aug. 19.

There will always be the traditional favorite foods, games and rides. There will also be new foods to try this year, including chocolate covered bacon, barbecue sundaes and several new deep fried items, including peanut butter and jelly, tacos, Kool-Aid and pie pops.

What is great about attending festivals such as these is the fun of looking forward to those few items you get once a year, such as birch beer or deep fried peanut butter cups. And then there are always new items to try.

There is the fun of seeing the fair through the eyes of children while continuing to keep some of that childhood inside of you. After attending the Corn Festival and Fair for so long, you find yourself reminiscing about memories of the past.

Of course, like the Eden Corn Festival, the Town of Hamburg is celebrating its bicentennial.

As a result, the Erie County Fair will honor it with Hamburg Bicentennial Day on Monday, Aug. 13.

Discount tickets can be purchased at a number of locations that day, including from Pegasus Family Restaurant, 5748 South Park Ave.; Waterstone Grill, 3679 Commerce Place; Tractor Supply Company, 4484 Southwestern Blvd.; West Herr Ford Hamburg, 5025 Camp Road, West Herr Chevrolet of Hamburg, 5025 Southwestern Blvd.,; and Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., at the admissions office in Franciscan Hall or at the office of the adult and graduate students in Paczesny Hall.

We encourage our readers to come out and support two festivals that combined, have been enjoyed by many people for 222 years.

We are fortunate to have two amazing festivals in our midst and are looking forward to creating memories between Aug. 2 and Aug. 19 between the Eden Corn Festival and the Erie County Fair.


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