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Safety Matters: Sheriff’s office will be visible at the Erie County Fair

The Erie County Fair is steeped in tradition and so is the presence of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, at the fair.

This year, just like last, our building will be located at the end of 42nd street, near the fireman’s building. We have a lot going on, this fair season, including a special display, on our site, called the “Standing Tall” 9/11 Memorial. This is a large, beautiful sculpture, dedicated to the men and women of our armed forces and law enforcement, who put their lives on the line to help keep us safe. You’ll want to see and remember this, so bring your cameras!

We also have several family-friendly demonstrations lined up at either the family entertainment complex or the Pine Grove stage, in what was formerly the North Pole Village. Eddie the Eagle will make a couple of appearances, teaching children about safe and responsible gun ownership. Free gun safety locks will be given out, while supplies last.

For the kids, there will be Hug-a-Tree demonstrations. These demos will be put on by members of certified search and rescue teams, to help teach children what to do, should they become lost in the woods.

We will also have certified car safety technicians on site, several days, to assist new parents on the basics of correct car seat selection and proper use. And, of course, we will be issuing Operation Safe Child ID cards, every day, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Carl Russo from 97 Rock will make a return appearance. He will be broadcasting live from our porch from 3:00 – 7 p.m.

Inside our building, we will have plenty of information on the Yellow Dot program, ATV safety and requirements, snowmobile safety and requirements and boating safety and requirements. Information will also be available on the criteria to become a deputy sheriff.

I’ll be on hand, several days, to meet and greet fair patrons and to answer any questions you may have, about the sheriff’s office or any other law enforcement matter. I’m looking forward to this year’s fair and I hope you are, too. See you there!

See the fair booklet or visit for times and locations of events.

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