Denny Lang to Retire as Erie County Fair CEO

He's served as CEO for 18 years

Tom Puckett
September 25, 2017 - 12:59 pm

Hamburg, NY (WBEN) After 18 years of service to the Erie County Agricultural Society, Dennis “Denny” Lang has announced that he is stepping down from his position as Chief Executive Officer & Fair Manager effective Friday. He is being succeeded by current Assistant Fair Manager and Manager of Agriculture, Jessica Underberg who officially assumes Lang’s former position on October 1st.

Lang is credited with leading the efforts to reverse the trend of decreasing revenue from pari-mutual wagering at Buffalo Raceway with the opening of Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, now Hamburg Gaming, in 2004. Under his leadership, the fair opened the Showplex Arena in 2010, upgrading livestock barns. Lang is credited for establishing the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights in 2003. The event has grown into the region’s largest holiday festival welcoming thousands of families during the Christmas season.  

Lang will continue to act as a member of the Society’s Board of Directors.

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