Summer fair season is in full swing here in Western New York! The Erie County Fair is set to kick off tomorrow, bringing 12 days of rides, entertainment, food and more to the Hamburg Fairgrounds. In addition to the usual lineup of attractions, the county fair will welcome several new entertainment options this year, including one ride that longtime residents of the area might remember from their childhood.
The Sky Wheel is a fan-favorite attraction that was a regular feature at the county fair from 1963 until 1994.
Now, after more than 20 years, this 80-foot-tall double Ferris wheel will return to the fair to entertain a whole new generation of guests.
“The double Ferris wheel is one of the most requested bygone attractions that fairgoers continually ask us to bring back,” said Erie County Fair Marketing Manager Marty Biniasz in a recent interview. “. . . It also has a deep Buffalo-Niagara connection as the Sky Wheel ride was once manufactured by the Allan Herschell Co.”
Other new attractions at the 2019 Erie County Fair include an interactive camel exhibit, a mind-reading show and an “extreme trampoline” performance where athletes will perform dazzling acrobatic feats at heights of 25 feet or more in the air. The fair will also offer several new food options this year, such as pierogi poutine and a loganberry funnel cake corn dog that both kids and adults will be sure to love.
Admission to the Erie County Fair costs $12 for adults and $9 for seniors (60+). Children aged 12 and under, meanwhile, can attend the fair for free! The fair opens at noon tomorrow and runs every day until August 18.