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The Illinois State Fair is an annual event, taking place for 11 days every August in Springfield. It is focused on agriculture and entertainment, featuring horse races, a carnival, parade and much more. The state fair has been one of the first in the U.S., originating in 1853. It welcomes about 350,000 visitors every year. Most fairgoers are interested in the concerts and spectacles, festival rides, food and beer.

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The Illinois State Fair is famous for its corndogs and butter cow sculptures. Fairgrounds are open from 7 a.m. to midnight, and admission is $10.

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The Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade takes place every year in Springfield, symbolizing the beginning of the fair. It starts at Lincoln Park in the north and finishes by the Main Gate of the fairgrounds.

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The State Fair Grandstand is the main concert venue of the fair. It was originally built as a place to watch harness racing but has now become a signature venue for rock and country music, many performers have been there since The Who performed in 1968.

Best time for Illinois State Fair 2020
Best time to see Illinois State Fair 2020
Best time to see Illinois State Fair 2020

Practical info

How much is admission to the Illinois State Fair?

The ​daily admission rates for adults (13–59) are $10 (Fridays & Saturdays) and $ 5 (all other days), $3 for seniors (60+), and free for children (0–12).

Is the Illinois State Fair canceled for 2020?

It's canceled due to COVID-19. The new dates are August 12–22, 2021.

How much is parking at Illinois State Fair?

The parking rates are $5 per day, or $40 for seasonal option (Gate 6, Lot 18 infield). Purchase by phone (217) 782-6661, or inside Emmerson Building.

Where is the Illinois State Fair held?

801 E Sangamon Ave, Springfield, Illinois 62702

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