There is every kind of delicious international (and American) food, and plenty of fun at the fair. In past years the weather has been very hot, when you get too steamy there's ice cream and other cold treats, or plenty of beer to enjoy! Or step into one of the larger buildings to cool off and see some exhibits... like the life-sized cow sculpted entirely out of butter! Click here to see E.K.M.'s own photos from the Fair!
The Illinois State Fair runs from Aug 8th through Aug 17th and each day has a particular theme. August 8th is Opening Day, which is both County Fair and Horse Racing Day. More than 70 county fair queens and 105 local fairs and expositions from across the state are represented on opening day. It is also the first of six days of harness racing at the fair's one-mile dirt track, which is the fastest in the world! The fairgrounds are extremely large and every day there are livestock competitions, carnival rides and 16 different stages featuring a wide range of music, arts and crafts demos, and many other types of presentations... The state fair is a lot of old-fashioned fun! If you live in a city, suburb or a larger town there is something real nice about visiting the fair and experiencing a slice of farm and country life for a day. Adult admission is $7, children and seniors $3. Parking at the fairground is $7 per day. Carnival rides and a few exhibits and performances cost extra, discount packages are available. For more info click here!