HAMBURG — For the 175th Erie County Fair, Special Events Director Marty Biniasz said, “We have looked at ways of, one: bringing back old tradition, and two putting something extra special together.”
While the music entertainment tradition will continue, Biniasz said they are “really trying to do something different.”
The fair kicked off on July 6 with a “very special” and free concert from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Music Director JoAnn Falletta will perform as her only free engagement with the BPO. The last time the the orchestra was there for a stand alone performance was in 1956.
On Thursday, Aug. 7, John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival will perform at paid show at the Grandstand.
Immediately following the Firefighters Day Parade on Friday, Aug. 8 the “ultimate Van Halen tribute band,” called 1984, will perform.
Bridgit Mendler, a star from the Disney Channel series “Good Luck Charlie” will perform at the Grandstand on Saturday, Aug. 9. That show will be geared more toward a pre-teenage audience, according to Biniasz.
Sunday, Aug. 10 will be “one of the biggest, most exciting days at our fair,” he added. “That day we have multiple plans as far as entertainment.”
It will be Veterans Day, which will pay recognition to those that have served.
“We have wonderful reflective ceremonies to honor our veterans,” Biniasz said.
That day, at 4 p.m., will also be the premier of Nik Wallenda’s Erie County Fair tight rope walk. Additionally, there will be a pre-walk pep rally with country band Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.
Also at that time Biniasz said, “We’re going to be honoring rambling Lou Schriver and his family band.” That show will be the 50th anniversary of performing at the fair.
The Wallenda walk will take place at 8 p.m. and it will be his “longest walk of 2014.” Longer than the one across Niagara Falls, it equals 1,400 feet and is only 100 feet shorter than his walk across the Grand Canyon. Find more information at WallendaWalksTheFair.com.
The Gatlin Brothers will play an encore performance at the Grandstand immediately after the walk.
Country jams will continue on with a performance from Dierks Bentley at 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11 at the Grandstand.
A touring Beatles tribute band called The Fab 4 will perform a free show at the Grandstand on Tuesday, Aug. 12, presented by Hamburg Gaming. This will also be in celebration of the recent 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ coming to America.
Lady Antebellum was scheduled to perform at the Erie County Fair, last year. But due to the lead singer being pregnant, the rest of that summer tour was cancelled. Lady Antebellum will perform this year at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Grandstand.
Music evets come to a close during the final days of the Erie County Fair, and the demolition begins.
The Ultimate Night of Destruction, featuring monster trucks Brutus and Avenger, will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14.
All motor events will take place at the Grandstand for “four days of a smashing, crashing giant big motor event,” Biniasz said.
The Lucas Oil Truck and Tractor pull, featuring the Western New York Pro Pullers, will take place at 6 p.m. on both Aug. 15 and 16.
On Sunday, Aug. 17, the final day of the fair, the World’s Largest Demolition Derby, featuring Kings of Crash, will show at 1 and 6 p.m.
Throughout the 12 days of the fair there will be other free entertainment to engage in. That information can be found online at www.ecfair.org, as well as in the programs distributed at the fair entrance gates.
Tickets for events that are not free can be bought at the Gusto Grandstand ticket office prior to each performance. For more information, call 649-3900.
The Fairgrounds, home of the Erie County Fair and its associated special events, is located at 5820 S. Park Ave. in Hamburg.