The 2013 Erie County Fair Under Very Fair Skies!

August 11th, 2013 at 10:00 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

I can’t remember better weather for the Erie County Fair than we had today: blue skies, moderate temperatures, low humidity. These ideal conditions brought out fair-goers in droves on this sunny Saturday and it was a pleasure to chat with so many of our viewers at the Channel 4 gazebo where all proceeds from those one dollar spins of the prize wheel go to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

What fun meeting sisters Jackie and Grace who convinced me that they really do watch News 4 all the time!

What fun meeting sisters Jackie and Grace who convinced me that they really do watch News 4 all the time!

Wanda is a News 4 viewer who was having so much fun today that I wanted to tag along with her and her friend as they took in the Fair!

Wanda is a News 4 viewer who was having so much fun today that I wanted to tag along with her and her friend as they took in the Fair!

Former WBEN News Director (and former News 4 producer) Steve Cichon is now the voice of the Erie County Fair. Of course he was wearing his celebrated bow-tie -- he just didn't have it tied when I saw him at the News 4 gazebo.

Former WBEN News Director (and former News 4 producer) Steve Cichon is now the voice of the Erie County Fair. Of course he was wearing his celebrated bow-tie — he just didn’t have it tied when I saw him at the News 4 gazebo.

My Fair tradition is always to enjoy a slice of spinach and ricotta pizza from Louie's Pizza.  You're looking at my dinner!

My Fair tradition is always to enjoy a slice of spinach and ricotta pizza from Louie’s Pizza. You’re looking at my dinner!

Sandy -- who owns Louie's Pizza - lives in Florida during the winter months.  She created this little slice of Florida next to her pizza stand -- complete with a lighthouse that glows at night -- to remind her of her days beachside in Fort Lauderdale!

Sandy — who owns Louie’s Pizza – lives in Florida during the winter months. She created this little slice of Florida next to her pizza stand — complete with a lighthouse that glows at night — to remind her of her days beachside in Fort Lauderdale!

You may recall that donut burgers were all the rage at the Fair a couple of years ago.  It looks like they have now settled in as regulars on the 'fair food' menu.

You may recall that donut burgers were all the rage at the Fair a couple of years ago. It looks like they have now settled in as regulars on the ‘fair food’ menu.

You can't beat fried dough at the Fair -- and my choice is always cinnamon and sugar. Powdered sugar is way too messy!

You can’t beat fried dough at the Fair — and my choice is always cinnamon and sugar. Powdered sugar is way too messy!

This line for Ribbon Fries caught my eye.  I've never had them, but they must be good!

This line for Ribbon Fries caught my eye. I’ve never had them, but they must be good!

 Here's why people were lined up for Ribbon Fries -- they look so tempting.  These two little munchkins were just about to dive in!

Here’s why people were lined up for Ribbon Fries — they look so tempting. These two little munchkins were just about to dive in!

Remember the news stories we did last year when Chiavetta's got word that they were going to lose their building?  Here's what replaced it -- a sleek white tented concession area at the same location -- with lots of people inside.

Remember the news stories we did last year when Chiavetta’s got word that they were going to lose their building? Here’s what replaced it — a sleek white tented concession area at the same location — with lots of people inside.

The Fair has made some major improvements to the grounds, including this grassy park with fountains and seating right outside the Firefighters' Building.

The Fair has made some major improvements to the grounds, including this grassy park with fountains and seating right outside the Firefighters’ Building.

No trip to the Fair is complete without visiting the barns and looking over the animal exhibits.  There is always something new to learn and appreciate.

No trip to the Fair is complete without visiting the barns and looking over the animal exhibits. There is always something new to learn and appreciate.

Always fun to see the youngest animals born DURING the Fair!

Always fun to see the youngest animals born DURING the Fair!

Just 24 hours old, Rosie was the 'newest' newborn at the Erie County Fair, born August 9th.

Just 24 hours old, Rosie was the ‘newest’ newborn at the Erie County Fair, born August 9th.

The Grandstand was packed for the free 'Three Dog Night' concert.

The Grandstand was packed for the free ‘Three Dog Night’ concert.

Ed Hogle of Atlas Steel in Buffalo has made it a personal mission to display his 9-11 memorial -- which is inscribed with all the victims' names. He says he has watched a wide range of emotional responses as people gather to view it.

Ed Hogle of Atlas Steel in Buffalo has made it a personal mission to display his 9-11 memorial — which is inscribed with all the victims’ names. He says he has watched a wide range of emotional responses as people gather to view it.

Farewell to the Fair for another year!

Farewell to the Fair for another year!

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