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Ultimate Fairgoers prepare for Erie County Fair

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For one elite group of Western New Yorkers, the Erie County Fair is a year round event. YNN's Meg Rossman has more on those known as the Ultimate Fairgoers, and what it takes to hold that title.

HAMBURG, N.Y. -- "I start my morning, every day, with my fair cup," said Barbara Brader.

She was named Ultimate Fairgoer in 2005 and has started every Erie County Fair for decades in Slade Park.

"It is better than Christmas and luckily it lasts for 12 days," exclaimed Brader.

She spends all 12 days at the fairgrounds every year.

"If you really like the fair, being the ultimate fairgoer is the ultimate. It's really cool," said Brader.

There have been six ultimate fairgoers since Brader's reign. They each have a different approach, but are all considered ultimate fans in their own special way.

"We don't miss a day rain or shine, we were even here during the east coast blackout until they closed the fair and then we left," said Terry Nawotka, the Ultimate Fairgoer in 2007.

"We're looking for people who live and breathe the fair all year round," explained Amanda Cammarano, a marketing assistant.

Brader and Nawotka met at the fair 40 years ago, and have been working to keep the fair alive year round ever since.

"I do the countdown to the fair next year and it starts with September and it goes until August of next year. So I've already been working on these," said Brader.

Wednesday is opening day, and it will also mark the reign of a new Ultimate Fairgoer. However, if you are preparing for 2014, the previous champions have some tips.

Nawotka suggested, "Take your time to rest. Eat, but mostly have fun."

Brader added, "Come to the fair, have a good time. Have your family and anyone who knows somebody who's really obesessed with the fair, make sure they nominate you."

Winners receive VIP passes to the fair, a chance to ride in the parade, and the title of Ultimate Fairgoer. Brader, Nawotka and the rest of their fair family will be there when gates open on Wednesday afternoon.

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