Meet our 2014 Niagara County Fair Performers!
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Air Sculpture Balloon Art
Family entertainer Janice Spagnola has been twisting balloons for more than 20 years. Her performances throughout Western New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio include such venues as fairs, retail outlets, restaurants, community events, and schools. Janice will be creating a balloon sculpture at the fair and offering 2 demonstration workshops each day.
You will find her in the Merchants Building everyday of fair.
SkyRiver Butterfly Exhibit
Come and learn about butterflies. Feed them — Enjoy them — take LOTS of pictures.
Come feed the Butterflies at the Niagara County Fair. Butterflies have fascinated us for thousands of years, from their humble beginnings as a caterpillar to their emergence from their cocoon as butterflies, theirs is an amazing life cycle.
In many cultures butterflies symbolize love, freedom and the rebirth of the immortal soul. For centuries, collectors and philosophers poured over the biology of butterflies and the fascinating patterns coded on their wings.
Come adventure with us, and learn more about butterflies. www.skyriverbutterflies.com
You will find the butterfly exhibit in the merchants building everyday of fair. There will be a $1 per person charge to enter the exhibit.
K-9s In Flight — Frisbee Dog and High Jump Show
The ultimate K9 Sports Show offering the best in high flying, acrobatic, wholesome family entertainment. These dogs break the mold with their high energy, up close and personal interactive format. All of K9s in Flight’s Stars have been rescued or adopted from shelters all over the country. These amazing dogs are not only incredible athletes, but they are family as well. The show promotes and emphasizes the importance and desperate need for pet adoption. K9s in Flight is dedicated to the education and awareness of the pet overpopulation problem and committed to a solution. John Misita’s K9s in Flight are the premier K9 Sports entertainers in the world!
You will find them on the grass near the Milk Bar. Show times are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:30-4:30-7:30, Saturday at 12:00-3:00-5:00-7:30 and Sunday at 12:00- 2:00
Sawdogs Chainsaw Carvers
Sawdogs is a chainsaw sculpting show. Each show is high energy, sawdust flying, fun filled experience for the whole family. They will be at the fair July 31 to August 2 with 4-shows each day. Carvings will be available for sale after the show.
You will find Sawdogs on the pavement near the Administration Building just past the Wine Tent.
Bendix is a 5 piece indie/alternative band from Newark, New York, consisting of vocalist Michael Gonzalez-Kelly, guitarist and background vocalist Michael Fedczuk, bass player Matthew Fedczuk, keyboardist Jimmy Hartmann, and drummer Jeremy Kowaleski. The group formed in February 2012 once gathered by school choir instructor Jean Bendix in Newark High School’s Musical Production of “Kiss Me Kate”. After many attempts at the ‘perfect band name’, Bendix quickly agreed to name the band after the woman who made it possible to begin with.
You can hear them on Thursday July 31 at 3pm on the covered stage.
Deanna Civilette is a Singer-Songwriter based out of Fredonia, NY. She is a solo artist that plays original songs as well as covers. She has performed for schools in Dunkirk, NY, as well as giving lectures on composition and songwriting. She recently recorded a jingle for Channel 2 news with the help of jingle writer, Ken Kaufman. An EP/album is currently in the works and you can follow her via Facebook/Youtube/Soundcloud.
You can see her perform on the covered stage Thursday July 31 at 3pm
Charlie and Checkers
“Charlie and Checkers provide a fast-paced magic variety show perfect for the whole family! Just some of the things you will see in their show include a live rabbit “Trixie,” a large unicycle, juggling, lots of magic and comedy, and Checkers’ giant balloon stunt! Their show features plenty of laughs, music, and audience participation. You don’t want to miss this show!”
You can see Charlie and Checkers Saturday August 2 at 2:30 pm, 6:00pm and 8:00 pm
Craig Wilkins:Craig has been heard on legendary radio stations WSM, Nashville, WWVA, Wheeling, and numerous others throughout the states, and Europe. He has also been featured on television programs broadcast nationally.
The list of internationally known artists Craig has opened for is extensive. Simply put, he has opened for everyone from Kitty Wells to Brad Paisley and dozens of others. In his still growing career, Craig, has performed on the stages of the Grand Ole Opry, Appalachian Jubilee, Jamboree USA, Tennessee Barn Dance, and many other venues.
From the late 90′s through the present Craig has kept busy performing at fairs, festivals, churches, schools, and everyplace between and beyond. In all the years he has performed Craig has never missed a performance date. He has never turned away any request to perform wherever he is called. He is at home on a main stage opening for a Nashville Super star or just as at ease singing for a group of seniors confined to a health care facility.
In the three decades he has been in the business, he has been a supporting act, opened for, interviewed or promoted over a hundred Nashville Stars.
Not bad for a guy that never left the security of his small hometown of Akron, New York. http://www.craigwilkins.com/about.htm
You can see them Thursday 7PM on the covered stage.
Gravitational Bull (www.gravitationalbull.com)
So much more than juggling. Gravitational Bull performances contain magic, comedy, balloon twisting, storytelling, ball & plate spinning and balancing. So whether you’re amused or amazed, stand back, because they’re throwing stuff around!
Dave and Kyle Fultz are a father-and–son team of professional jugglers that have been performing in the Western and Central New York areas for the past several years. A veteran of many juggling conventions and workshops, Dave’s unique style is a blend of contemporary object manipulation with a touch of Vaudeville. Kyle, on the other hand, took up the age-old art when he was fourteen. Kyle is an accomplished juggler who tends to favor today’s modern jugglers rather than the more traditional styles.
You can see them Sunday August 3rd on the Covered Stage at 1:00pm
The members of the Hot Country Liners Dance Team are committed to performing high energy, all ages’ line dance demonstration through the use of a wide variety of music (Hip-Hop, Rock and Roll Swing and Country Western) and colorful costumes. The Hot Country Liners are a non-profit organization dedicated to the community. Donations that are received from performances are given to area charities every year. Their commitment to the community means that the Hot Country Liners are a dance team with HEART!!!!
You can see them Friday August 1 at 6:00pm and Saturday August 2nd at 1:00pm on the Pavement
Niagara University Repertory Theatre (N.U.R.T.),
Here comes Lily with her purple plastic purse! And Alexander, as usual, having a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day”…and Pierre just doesn’t care! Yes, N.U.R.T. is back and better than ever! It’s a fast, furious and fantastically funny 40 minutes of fun!
Once again, well-loved children’s tales, brought to life by trained actors (all are performance majors from Niagara University Theatre playing dozens of your favorite characters) will delight audiences of all ages!
You can see them Wednesday July 30 at 2pm on the pavement.
Hailing from the bonnie shores of Loch Ontario and firmly dedicated to preserving Scottish and Irish heritage through song Tom Keefer delivers music from his ancestors James Reid of Glasgow, Scotland and Clifford Foley from Irish South Buffalo, NY. Drawing on many years of experience such as providing the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival sound and lighting since 2001, leading to a successful six year run with the Lochside Celtic Band (and Duo), Tom has opened for international acts the Red Hot Chili Pipers, Enter The Haggis and the National Dance Company of Ireland as well as headlining and been a main stage performer at many Celtic festivals. Don’t miss out on the fun. Traditional. Modern. Inspirational
You can see them Friday August 1st at 4pm on the covered stage
Serendipity Swing, “a little big band,” is an Eight-Musician Ensemble with a female and male vocalist from Buffalo, New York, that performs music associated with the Golden Age of Glamorous Ballrooms, Classy Supper Clubs, the Most Elegant of Private Parties, and the Great American Songbook. The music library, with over 500 titles, contains selections which explore and mirror the beauty of the music elements; melody, harmony and rhythm. It is music that is artful, graceful, whimsical, and listenable. The melodies are memorable. The harmonies are soothing and rich in texture. The tempos, rhythms, are danceable and toe-tapping.
You can see them on Thursday July 31st at 4pm on the Main Stage.
Down Home Country Cloggers
We are local group from southern western new york who like to dance and have fun. We clog to the traditional country songs, as well as some modern songs.
You can see them perform, Saturday August 2 at noon on the pavement.
Jonesie and the Cruisers:
The local legend whose music career in Western New York began in 1968 is still active with his band Jonesie and the Cruisers. Hard driving classic rock with a few surprise ballads!
You can see them Wednesday at 7:30 on the main stage!
The 90 west band is a high energy country band playing music from artists such as Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and many more of today’s popular artists. Formed approximately 11 years ago, the band is made up of musicians from some of western New York’s current and former top local bands. They have shared the stage or opened for more than 30 of Nashville’s brightest stars, such as Trace Adkins, The Band Perry, Gary Allan and others. We’re sure to keep you entertained and dancing all night long. http://90west.com/
Friday 7:00pm on the Main Stage
Cue the Sun
Our mission is simple: To set up shop at the area’s best venues and make the most full sounding live music two guys can make, all at a volume at which you might still carry on a conversation… that is, if you’re not too busy singing along with us to all the songs you requested.
We invite you to see for yourself why we are Buffalo’s most imaginative acoustic duo. We’re the band that other musicians bring a date to see. We play all your favorite songs on real instruments, with no drum machines, no laptops and no prerecorded background tracks. See you at the show.
You can sing along Friday at 7:00 pm at the covered stage.
See Cock Robin Saturday at 7pm on the main stage for “Beer and Bands”