HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Although the Erie County Fair won’t be at full capacity this year, CEO and Fair Manager Jessica Underberg says it will look more normal than what was initially expected.
74,000 people, including vendors, will be allowed on the property at a time this year, and Underberg says ticket sales, which will strictly be online, will help them manage the number of people present.
So, only roughly 60,000 tickets will be sold for each day. That’s approximately half capacity.
This year, the price of admission also includes parking. Since fair officials will need to keep a count of how many people are on the property at a time, kids 12 and under will need tickets. But those tickets are still free.
For everyone else, the cost is $13.50 per ticket. 10 cents from every ticket purchase will be donated to FeedMore WNY.
On Wednesday, a new, statewide rule took effect, aligning New York’s policies with the latest CDC guidelines on mask use. In summary, fully vaccinated people will not need to wear a mask in many public settings.
“How will we enforce social distancing? We will be making public announcements and have signage throughout the grounds with reminders,” said Underberg. “We will use social distancing cue markers where lines form and we have to remember 70% of fair goers come from the same household and they don’t need to be socially distanced from each other.”
Vaccination for COVID-19 won’t be required to attend the fair, and attendees who are fully vaccinated won’t need to wear a mask while they’re there.
The fair will not ask for proof of vaccination, and Underberg says CDC guidelines will be followed.
During Thursday morning’s update, Underberg revealed the lineup of this year’s music acts:
- August 11 – Jay & The Americans
- August 12 – Sawyer Brown
- August 14 – Styx
- August 15 – Jon Pardi
- August 16 – Mark Chestnutt
- August 18 – For King & Country
- August 19 – Cooper Alan
Those shows will take place at the fair’s Grandstand, where current capacity limits of 33 percent would allow for 2,400 people. If state rules change (and Underberg says she expects them to), more tickets will be able to be sold.
Additional events planned for the Grandstand include the following:
- August 17 – ATV Big Air Tour
- August 21 – Ultimate Night of Destruction
- August 22 – World’s Largest Demolition Derby
“We’re rolling the dice that hopefully it’ll be closer to to 50% or better by the time August rolls around. The nice thing about the grandstand is we can out tickets on sale when we’re ready to do that and if they open up more tickets, we can unlock more tickets to be able to purchase.”
The Erie County Fair will take place from August 11-22.
County Fairs are now planned for Erie , Wyoming, Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, but cancelled in Chautauqua County. The Niagara County Fair is still under consideration.