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Third-annual K.I.A. Memorial Road March


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The third-annual K.I.A. Memorial Road March took off from Chestnut Ridge Park Saturday. It's truly a unique 10K, unlike any other in Western New York.

The participants don't run; they march with 50 or more pounds on their backs.

It's to remember local soldiers who were killed in action, and to help surviving veterans. Many of the marchers carry canned donations that go toward three local veteran food pantries.

Founder Jason Jaskula said there were more people this year, and that led to him coordinating with Erie County Parks.

"We have an awesome ceremony in the beginning, it still gives me chills. They start off, and it's just a motivational thing," Jaskula said. "They see the signs for each one of the fallen on their route, and it just motivates you. You never lose sight of those signs. You just go sign after sign."

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The BEST Fries At the Fair....Jim's Fries!!!

The BEST Fries At the Fair....Jim's Fries!!!

One of the major reasons that I love the Fair so much, is the wonderful Fair Food that is out there!!!  I LOVE it all, BUT the one that gets my vote this year (and many other years too) is none other than Jim’s Fries!

There are many stands on the Fairgrounds that sell fries, but to get me to buy more than one, they have to be OUTSTANDING!  And yes, Jim’s Fries meets that standard and definitely-positively exceeds it!

There are a few choices for your fry order. You can have regular fries, you can have sweet potato fries, and you can even have cajun fries!  Doesn’t matter which one you choose on your day at the Fair, they are all perfect!

Elvis at the Erie County Fair!!

Elvis at the Erie County Fair!!

 What a surprise for this Elvis Fan/ Erie County Fair Blogger!  On the first full day of the Fair, August 13th, there was a table set up by the US Post Office.  As I approached the area, I really didn’t know what I would find, but what a nice surprise!

In honor of the release of the new Elvis Presley postage stamp and the celebration of Elvis week at Graceland, there was a display of some Elvis memorabilia as well as being able to buy the new release Elvis stamp!  I didn’t think I would be able to get this stamp at least for a couple of weeks because of the fact that I am at the Fair every day, but this special display made it possible even for me to get them at release time.

The Erie County Fair....1st Weekend of Fair Camp!!

The Erie County Fair....1st Weekend of Fair Camp!!

Well the first weekend of Fair Camp is now over and the Fair Campers seemed to be a pretty happy bunch of kids (and adults too)!! 

The Fair runs a contest each year asking for potential Fair Campers to send in information about themselves and why they would like to be selected for Fair Camp at the Erie County Fair.  There are two weekends of Fair Camp and there are 12 lucky students to be selected from a large number of entrants.  I am proud to say that I know one of the lucky students from this year’s winners, Vicki Nawotka.

Vicki was a great choice.  She loves animals.  She has a number of animals for pets, so this weekend was pretty special for her and her mom, Sarah.

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Creative Arts Results are Now IN!!!

Creative Arts Results are Now IN!!!

The Erie County Fair Creative Arts results are IN!!!  Just a few days ago, I had a blog about Fairgoers taking in all their crafty projects or their flowers or a number of other items in the hundreds of Creative Arts categories!  And now, Fairgoers, we will see if you reap the rewards of all your hard work!

There are hundreds of possible categories for any Fairgoer to enter.  The lower Grandstand was filled with all of those entries. When the gates opened on opening day of the Fair, I am sure most of them headed right over there to check out if they had won one of those coveted ribbons.  And, hopefully, the ribbon would be BLUE in color or at the least RED!  If not, a lot of disappointed crafters!

So Much to Buy at This Year's Erie County Fair!!

So Much to Buy at This Year's Erie County Fair!!

There are just so many things available this year at the Erie County Fair!  Do I want to shop at the vendors in the Event Center?  Or do I want to go to the ones in the Bazaar Building?  Or maybe I just want to walk and check out all the outdoor vendors?  Well, this shopper, decided to do it all!!

The large Event Center offers a ton of shopping!  You can get just about anything that you can imagine!  Many vendors that I have seen year after year at the Fair, and then there were some new ones offering a wide variety of products.

Opening Day At The Erie County Fair!!

Opening Day At The Erie County Fair!!

Well, the day finally arrived for us long-waiting Fairgoers, opening day at the Erie County Fair!  The anticipation was finally over and the Fair gates opened for the 176th Erie County Fair!

The gates opened at noon, and by the time that this Fair blogger arrived at about 11:30, the parking lot was full and the lines of eager Fairgoers was long!  I entered near the Event Center and Gate 4.  I could see that I was not the only Fairgoer wanting to get back into Fair mode!  There were LOTS of people there waiting for the Fair fun to start!