Live cow births a big draw at Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Before the gates to the Erie County Fair opened on Wednesday afternoon, the “Moo-ternity Ward” in the Agricultural Discovery Center was already packed with pregnant cows. One of them gave birth to a calf about an hour after visitors were let inside.

The baby cow, a female who does not yet have a name, arrived at about 1 p.m. to a mother cow named Monica. The other five expecting cows should give birth to their calves by the time the fair closes on Aug. 23.

Over the next 12 days, about one million people are expected to enjoy all of the attractions they’ve come to know and love over the Erie County Fair’s 176 year history. hose include games and rides on the midway, food stand after food stand, plus shows and attractions featuring very talented people and pets from Erie County and beyond.

But the fair’s true mission is to showcase the county’s agricultural community.

“That’s how fairs started. Fairs started with a gentleman in Massachusetts tying his sheep up in the town park, saying ‘I think I have the best stock, do you think you have anything that can beat it?'” Assistant Fair Director Jessica Underberg explained. “That’s the tradition. That’s what we’re based on, and we’re still true to that today.”

If you want to see a live cow birth at the fair, sign up to receive “calf warning” text messages by texting “ILOVECOWS” to 88588. They’ll give you a 30 minute warning to get there for the big moment. You can also watch a live stream of the births and the aftermath here. 

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