About the Erie County Fair “Fairmobile”


Our lovingly restored 1949 GMC 250 panel truck serves as a mobile ambassador for the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, New York. Since 2013, it has appeared at hundreds of parades and special events across the region promoting Western New York’s most popular annual event. In 2014, the Erie County Fair was ranked as the 10th largest fair in North American when compared with all state/county fairs and expositions.   

HISTORY: In 1949, the Lowery Novelty Company of Allentown, Pennsylvania purchased this GMC “250” and a smaller “150” version for use with their wholesale business. When original, the truck was painted in a pale, “robin egg” blue color scheme. The truck was driven daily until the company went out of business in 1983. In 1983 Kevin Redline of Walnutport, PA purchased the truck to use in conjunction with his restoration carpentry business.  In the early 1990s, after years of hauling ladders and saws, it came into the possession of Russell Kelly of Orchard Park, New York. Under Kelly’s direction, the truck received an extensive restoration which was completed in 2006. Finally, it was purchased by the Erie County Agricultural Society in 2013 as part of its marketing and promotional efforts for the 175th Erie County Fair in 2014. The striking graphics and digital vinyl wrap, based on an Erie County Fair poster, was printed and installed by VSP Marketing Graphic group of West Seneca.


Owner: Erie County Agricultural Society, Hamburg, New York

Vehicle Make:1949 GMC (General Motors Corporation)

Model: 250 One Ton Panel Truck

Serial Number: FC 25314748

Wheel Base:137 inches

Gross Weight (Fully Loaded): 8800 lbs.

Load Space: 202 cubic feet

Engine Type: Inline 6 cylinder

Cubic Inches: 228

Horse Power: 85.5 at 3000 rpm

Electrical System: 6 volt

Transmission: Synchromesh 4-speed

Rear Axle: Single Reduction – Hypoid 5.14 ratio

Manufactured by: General Motors Corporation, Pontiac, Michigan, USA




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