Erie County Fair Admission Price Goes Up

First gate increase in a decade

Tom Puckett
December 14, 2018 - 4:17 pm

WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman


Hamburg, NY (WBEN) For the first time in ten years, gate tickets to the Erie County Fair will go up. All other pricing will remain the same.

The adult gate admission will increase from $10 to $12. Senior gate admission is now $9. Early bird admission is now $7 weekdays as is the student special. 

The official announcement was made during the Society’s annual membership meeting held Wednesday at the Fairgrounds Event Center. Changes to gate admission will also be reflected in the Fair’s senior admission price as well as “early bird” and “student” pricing. The Fair’s advance sale program, which takes place prior to opening day, will see prices remain the same in 2019 with adult admission $7 and a senior ticket priced at $5. All children 12 and under will continue to be admitted for free.

“Our board evaluates our gate prices annually and has not increased gate admission since 2009. Moving forward, these adjustments will greatly help the Erie County Fair better serve fairgoers due to increasing labor costs as well as the rising prices for public safety, emergency services, grounds infrastructure, fair production and entertainment,” said Fair CEO & Manager Jessica Underberg. “During the 10 years since our last restructuring, we found opportunities to provide incredible value to our loyal fairgoers through free grounds entertainment, education and safety and attractive grounds. The increase to our full price gate admission ticket will allow the Society to continue to provide fairgoers with an exceptional Fair experience which has come to symbolize the ‘Best 12 Days of Summer’ in Western New York.”

The following is a summary of 2019 gate admission restructuring:


                                                                                                2018       2019       Notes

Regular Gate Admission (Adults)                                          $10         $12         (First increase since 2009)

Regular Gate Admission (Seniors)                                         $7           $9           (First increase since 2009)

Advance Sale Admission (Adults)                                         $7           $7           No change

Advance Sale Admission (Seniors)                                        $5           $5           No change

Early Bird Special (Admission before 11a)                           $5           $7           (Weekdays only)

Student Special (Admission after 5p)                                    $5           $7           (Daily)

Children 12 & Under                                                             Free       Free       (No change; Program Started in 2009)

Parking (cars, SUVs, Minivans)                                             $5           $5           No change         

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