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FeedMore WNY, Erie County Fair team up for food drive on Saturday

'Knowing how great the need is right now, without that one day collection, we knew we had to do something,' Erie County Fair CEO and manager Jessica Underberg said.

HAMBURG, N.Y. — Any other summer, a lot of people would be down in Hamburg eating something deep-fried, trying their luck at the Midway, and enjoying a show at the grandstand.

Wednesday would have been the first day of the Erie County Fair, which was one of a whole lot of summer traditions that couldn't happen this year because of the coronavirus.

Usually, the fair hosts a big food drive for FeedMore WNY, but instead this year they're collecting non-perishable items all day Saturday.

Neighbors are encouraged drop off items at the South Park Avenue entrance between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The main event called "Blast out Hunger" will feature fair favorites like cotton candy, fresh-squeezed lemonade and to end the night a fireworks display. 

Entry at the Quinby or South Park gates will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will cost families a bag of non-perishable food. The fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m.

"For us, knowing how great the need is right now, without that one-day collection, we knew we had to do something," Jessica Underberg, the Erie County Fair CEO and manager, said. "I don't know how many cars to expect, but I hope that at the end of the night, I hope we can say we matched last year's record."

Underberg told 2 On Your Side she expects the Midway parking lot to fit about 3,000 cars.

People will not be allowed to leave their vehicles, except to use the bathroom in which case a mask will be required.

Drive-thru fair food purchases must be made prior to the show; cash only.

Channel 2 is a proud sponsor of the event.

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