HAMBURG, NY – The Erie County Fair is where competition lives! We love to compete! Spirited competition among peers is at the heart of the fair experience. Who has the best photograph? Best jam? Biggest stalk of corn? How about the best quilt?   Floral Display, Woodcarving?…and more.  Annually the Erie County Fair offers a chance to show off our region’s creativity in a variety of exhibits from wine making, fine arts, conservation, woodworking and agriculture to just to name a few. More than 12,500 entries in 9,000 classes are processed each year for a chance to win cash prizes, but more importantly, the bragging rights that’s associated with taking home a championship ribbon.

The Erie County Fair welcomes public participation as most competitions have no residency requirement. Only the Fair’s “Home Wine,” “Home Brew” and “Conservation” categories are restricted to residents of New York State.  Children as young as 5 years of age are encouraged to take part in Junior Creative Arts submissions that include Lego building block sculptures, handmade jewelry and doll making.

New for 2022 Graduation Cap Decorating, Barn squares and Jerky Competition.  This year will also see the return of the Pie Competition and the Hair Competition.

Entry information that includes terms/conditions, class listings and deadlines is currently online at the Erie County Fair’s website ( Most competitions have an entry deadline of July 15th.  Questions regarding the Fair’s Competitive Exhibits may be directed to [email protected] or at (716) 649-3900 x6407.