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Boone County Fair 2022

Illinois' most popular county fair offers traditional entertainment


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Boone County Fair is a popular event held at Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere, Illinois, every August. It features a beauty pageant, a parade, kids' activities, diverse entertainment, merchandise vendors, livestock and agriculture exhibitors, various competitions, midway rides, pedal pulls, live music, games, contests, tractor and demo derby, and a large variety of food.

One of the most popular fairs in the state, Boone County Fair saw 209,439 attendees in 2021. Every day, the fair is visited by about 45,000 people. Dating back to 1855, Boone County Fair is also one of the oldest in the region. Boone County Fair is a large community fundraiser, benefiting the 4-H clubs, the Lions, Cosmos, Boy Scouts, Church groups, County Fire departments, and various projects for the community.

Live music is one of the highlights of the fair. The fair's lineup includes country music stars like Neal McCoy, Dale Rhode & the CrossRoads, Grass Attack, Audrey Fontana Band, and many others. Other highlights include Next Level Bull Riding and Barrel Racing, Antique Tractor Parade, Karaoke Contest, and much more. General admission is $7. Gates are open from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm Tuesday to Sunday.

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