by Phillip Weiss

ErieCoFairEvery year my friends and I make our way to the Hamburg Fairgrounds for the fantastic Erie County Fair. Celebrating its 170th year, America’s Fair has countless fun-filled activities, unique exhibits and eye-catching performances for all ages. The Fair is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and runs through August 23rd.

From the delicious food, to the one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, to a wide variety of animal houses, each day thousands of people fill the walkways of the fairgrounds. There are numerous free performances throughout each day that include music, magic, balloon creations, dancing, acrobatics and wood carving. When I was younger, my favorite was the petting zoo that has animals ranging from farm animals such as cows and rabbits to exotic animals like camels. My favorite animal performance is the pot belly pig race that I know always puts a smile on everyone’s face.

If you get hungry take a walk down the Midway and grab some tasty and appetizing food. While browsing the food stands I suggest you get a crispy and mouthwatering blooming onion and a freshly brewed lemonade, which are both the best I have ever had. Then play some carnival games or hop on one of the classic carnival rides and have fun!

So get the family ready and spend a day in the sun at the Erie County Fair. For more information, visit

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by Melissa Barrie

TasteofBuffaloThere are only a few warm months in Western New York, and boy do we know how to take advantage of them! Festivals, lawn fetes, carnivals and fairs can easily fill up every weekend of your summer in Buffalo. Whether you go for food, culture, or just people-watching there’s something for everyone.

Here are some of the most popular festival highlights; what are your favorite festivals?

  1. Greek Festival – the official kick-off of the summer festivals in Buffalo. Held the first weekend in June, people flock to this festival for Greek culture, entertainment, and ethnic cuisine.
  2. Allentown Art Festival – thousands of art enthusiasts attend this festival in June to enjoy the arts and crafts of different exhibitors that are available for purchase. Also enjoy the festival food and historic Allentown neighborhood as well.
  3. Juneteenth Festival – this event in June is the third-largest Juneteenth festival in the country. Celebrate African-American culture, art, dance – and enjoy the parade, ethnic food, and different family activities.
  4. Taste of Buffalo Presented by Tops– the largest two-day food festival in the country. Enjoy sample-sized portions of the cuisine offered in dozens of Buffalo-area restaurants, as well as free concerts on both days.
    July 11th-12th
  5. Sorrento Cheese Italian Heritage Festival – another ethnic festival in July that offers Italian cultural exhibits, cuisine, live entertainment, and different contests.
    July 16th-19th
  6. Erie County Fair – enjoy the midway, food, animals, free concerts, family activities and more. This year, kids 12 and under are free!
    August 12th-23rd
  7. National Buffalo Wing Festival – held the first weekend in September, over 100 different kinds of chicken wings can be sampled at this festival. Stop by for the live concerts and different contests as well.
    September 5th-6th

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