981,264 in attendance for 181st Erie County Fair

Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Following no event in 2020 due to the pandemic, the “Best 12 Days of Summer” has come and gone this summer.

The 181st Erie County Fair wrapped up Sunday, and officials report the fair brought in 981,264 people.

While it’s a 14% decrease from the attendance average over the previous five years, fair organizers call this year “bonus days” compared to last year.

“We are proud that we were able to host the 2021 Erie County Fair,” CEO and Fair Manager Jessica Underberg said about the event put together in just over 80 days after receiving approval.

“The 2021 Fair provided our partners with the opportunity to return to work and generate revenue. More importantly, our community was able to enjoy and experience all the sights and sounds that were so sadly missed in 2020,” Underberg added.

Here’s the Erie County Fair by the numbers:

Fair ComponentsTotal
Combined gross sales of 4-H and FFA market animal auctions, a 10% increase from 2019318,151
Total premiums paid91,966
Donations collected for local charities (reported to date)44,460
Number of competitive exhibits entries including 4-H entries10,159
Number of scheduled volunteer hours covered by Friends of the Fair2,700
Number of livestock at the Fair (excluding Horse Show & 4-H)1,406
Menu items available at Fair concessionaires505
Number of free grounds act performances during 12 days of Fair483
Pounds of produce donated to FeedMore WNY from the entries that remained at the Ag-Grange Building335
Number of Friends of the Fair Volunteers/Coordinators135
Number of rides, games & concessions on the Strates Shows Midway167
Number of local bands and community performance acts during the Fair113
Number of years with the James E. Strates Shows96
Chickens and turkeys from the livestock auctions donated to FeedMore WNY from the 4-H Auction62
Members of the Erie County Fair Marching Band sponsored by Pepsi56

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