Buffalo, NY – Festivals and Fairs

Buffalo has a summer filled with fairs and festivals.  I talked about the Allentown Art Festival in a previous post.  Here are several others you won’t want to miss.

  • Erie County Fair – We always knew that the summer was coming to a close when the Erie County Fair started.  It is one of the largest county fairs in the country.  People come from all over the state for the fair.  Some of the things that my kids liked the most were the rides, pig races, chainsaw art, and horse pulls.  Admission is $10 for adults and kids under 12 are free through the support of Tops Market.  You can get discounted tickets for $7 if you purchase them ahead of time online, at the Fairgrounds Event Center Box Office or at any Tops Market.  There are additional charges for the rides.  You can either purchase an all-day pass or pay for them using tickets.

Erie County Fair picture courtesy of WikiMedia

  • Eden Corn Festival – (typically the first weekend in August)  The Eden Corn Festival is a fair to celebrate the “season of corn”.  Admission to the festival is free.  You can either pay for rides using an all-day pass or by the ride.

Legislator Dixon at Eden Corn Festival picture courtesy of Erie County

  • Hamburg Burgerfest – Did you ever wonder why hamburger are called hamburger when there is no ham in them?  Legend has it that in 1885, Frank and Charles Menches created hamburgers at the Erie County Fair when they ran out of their grilled sausages.  When asked what this new sandwich was called, they named the hamburger after the town they were in – Hamburg, NY.  Burgerfest celebrates this every year.  Burgerfest is a much smaller affair than the Erie County Fair and the Eden Corn Festival.

Picture of Burgerfest courtesy of The Hamburg Sun

  • Dyngus Day Celebration – Buffalo has strong Polish roots.  Dyngus Day is a Polish celebration that takes place on Easter Monday.  Girls try to tickle boys they like will pussy willows while boys try to spray girls with water while listening to polka music.

Picture of Dyngus Day Celebration courtesy of Dyngus Day Buffalo

  • Perry Chalk Festival – A little further outside of Buffalo in Perry, NY is the annual Perry Chalk Festival (this year on July 9th).  Chalk artists from all over come and create art on the sidewalks.

Picture of the Perry Chalk Festival courtesy of The Daily News Online

  • Ellicottville Championship Rodeo – About 30 – 40 minutes outside of Buffalo, Ellicottville hosts a rodeo every summer.  They even have a kids horse race where the kids race their stick horses.  It costs $15 for adults, $8 for kids 5 and over, and kids under 5 are free.

Picture of the Ellicottville Rodeo courtesy of the Olean Times Herald

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