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Locals clean up in Erie County Fair 2014 competitions

Erie County Fair 2014 prizes were awarded in horticulture, agriculture, the demolition derby, animals, creative arts and much more.
ERIE COUNTY — At the Erie County Fair, 46 exhibitors entered into the digital shootout competition. Competitors had just two hours to go out on the grounds and capture their best Fair photo. At the end of the time limit only one was able to be submitted for judging.

Norm Queeno, of Boston, won first place for the flowers theme. James Zakowski, of Hamburg, won second place for the Fair theme, “Going Strong.” For the “entertainment” theme, Hamburg resident Judy Andreeff won first place.

A total of 1107 exhibitors entered 4315 entries into the Creative Arts Exhibit Area, located in the lower grandstand. Local winners for the tri-color awards include: Carmen Ardito, of Blasdell, for afghans; Frank Weinstock, of Hamburg, for antiques. Mary Ellen Bossert, of Lake View, won second place for the Plein Air painting.

Laurie Brockman (Eden), Deborah Donaldson (Hamburg), Theresa Filipiak (Hamburg), Barbara Henry (Eden) won the award of merit for the horticulture division.

The Erie County Fair Sweepstakes exhibitor with the most blue ribbons was Barbara Henry of Eden. The exhibitor with most red ribbons was Joyce O’Gorman of Eden.

For special competitions, second place for the “Bucket of Junk” went to Hamburg resident Timothy Kistka and third place went to Melissa Buckley of Boston. Sandra Kistka, of Hamburg, won first place for “Dress it Up.” Hamburg resident Jenn Abbott won first place for the piñata contest. For the “As Seen On Pinterest” category, Blasdell resident Brianne Rehac won first place and Sarah Delaney, also of Blasdell, won third place.

To wrap up the 175th Erie County Fair, JM Productions hosted the “World’s Largest Demolition Derby.” The day’s events featured two demolition derbies as well as a special team derby appearance by the stars of Velocity TV’s Kings of Crash. Local winners for the first heat included: Joshua Dubel, Derby, second place; Jordan Smoliski, Boston, third place. Tommy Walsh, of Blasdell, placed second for the third heat. For the championship, second place went to Smoliski who drove a 1988 Lincoln town car and third place went to Joe Merlino, of Blasdell, who drove a 1997 Mercury Marquis. Bill Nelson, of Angola, placed third during the first heat of the evening derby. Mike Rudnicki, of Hamburg, placed third in the second heat. Winners were as follows for the third heat: first, Ciro Sroda, of Eden; second, Ralph Browning, of Farnham; third, Steve Podkulski Sr., of Hamburg. Kevin Rasinski, of Angola, placed second during the fourth heat and Kim Ott, of Derby, placed third during the fifth heat. For the evening championship, Brian Dils, of Derby, placed third while driving a 1994 Chevy Lumina.

The Erie County Fair ABGA Sanctioned Meat Goat Show was held on Aug. 15; 23 exhibitors showed 139 goats. There was $2,516.25 awarded in premiums. The Champion Market Wether was awarded to David Knoll & Family of Hamburg.

The Erie County Fair Open Class Rabbit Show was held on Aug. 14; the show featured 27 exhibitors showing 281 animals. Deborah Condon, of Eden, won best in show (cavies) and best display of cavies. Sophie Robinson, of Lake View, won second place for best display of cavies and Hailee Kerins, of Hamburg, won third place for that category.

More categories will be reported as results are released.

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