A tornado nearly toppled Erie (N.Y.) County Fair three weeks before it opened; fairgoers came out in near-record numbers to see the $3 million in damage.

The upside to a tornado that takes place three weeks before the fair opens and causes $3-million in damage is the number of fairgoers who want to check out the grounds. Attendees who turned out in near-record numbers that gave the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, N.Y., its second-highest gate in history found a facility that had been patch...


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