Monday, July 6, 2015

The Countdown is On.....

38 Days Remain until the start of the 2015 Illinois State Fair.... Get Excited People!

Let's run through the check list of things you need to do before the fair:

1.  Get a Mega Pass
           Save tons of money and ride as many rides as you'd like for the entire fair!

2.  Buy Concert Tickets
           There is a show for everyone at this year's Illinois State Fair
           We suggest you check out the Country Concert Blowout Package because
            you get tickets to three great concerts PLUS gate admission each day!

3.  Check out the Party before the Party
           StageSide Parties are an additional cost, but you get free entertainment,
           food, giveaways, and a chance to go backstage for a meet and greet with
           that night's artists.  SCORE!

If you're not into country music, that's ok too.

The 2015 Illinois State Fair will also feature the pop-punk band, Fall Out Boy, The band is scheduled to play at the Grandstand stage on Saturday, August 15th.  Fall Out Boy was recently nominated for Top Rock Artist and Top Rock Song (‘Centuries”) at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. The pop-punk band is known for songs such as, “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down,” “Dance, Dance” and “Thanks for the Memories.” They have performed on Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and many more.

Here's the 2015 Illinois State Fair Grandstand Line-Up:

August 14:  Sammy Hagar and The Circle / Collective Soul
VIP - $48 / Track $36 / Tier 1 - $36 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 3 - $26

August 15:  Fall Out Boy 
VIP - $62 / Track $50 / Tier 1 - $50 / Tier 2 - $45 / Tier 3 - $40

August 16:  Justin Moore / Josh Thompson / Jon Pardi
VIP - $46 / Track $31 / Tier 1 - $31 / Tier 2 - $26 / Tier 3 - $21

August 18:  Rascal Flatts / Scotty McCreery / Raelynn

VIP - $65 / Track $50 / Tier 1 - $50 / Tier 2 - $45 / Tier 3 - $40

August 19:  Styx / Tesla
VIP - $35 / Track $23 / Tier 1 - $23 / Tier 2 - $18 / Tier 3 - $13

August 20: The Fray / Andy Grammer
VIP - $37 / Track $25 / Tier 1 - $25 / Tier 3 - $20 / Tier 3 - $15

August 21:  Hank Williams, Jr / .38 Special

VIP - $47 / Track $35 / Tier 1 - $35 / Tier 2 - $30 / Tier 3 - $25

August 22:  Austin Mahone/ Kalin & Myles / Laura Marano
VIP - $48 / Track $36 / Tier 1 - $36 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 3 - $26

August 23:  Brantley Gilbert / Colt Ford / Michael Ray
VIP - $54 / Track $39 / Tier 1 - $39 / Tier 2 - $34 / Tier 3 - $29

Tickets can be purchased online by calling the Grandstand ticket office at (217) 782-1979, or through Ticketmaster:

The 2015 Illinois State Fair runs August 13th – 23rd in Springfield. 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

An Agriculture Tradition: The Sale of Champions

The Governor’s Sale of Champions is a time honored event in which, the Junior Grand Champion and Land of Lincoln Steer, Barrow, Wether, Meat Goat, Poultry Meat Pen and Rabbit Meat Pen are sold. The proceeds from this sale go towards helping 4-H and FFA members attend college, purchase breeding animals and develop future careers. This year the Sale of Champions is going to be bigger and better than ever! The Sale of Champions is moving back to the Coliseum after a long stint of being held in the Livestock Building. It will be held on Agriculture Day, Tuesday, August 18th at 4:00 pm. This is an event that you will not want to miss! New this year, everyone who attends the Sale of Champions will be treated to free Prairie Farms Ice Cream!!!  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


It’s time for Transformation Tuesday! Every Tuesday we will feature something new that the fair is offering or something that the fair is reinventing for this year!

Today we will feature the Country Concert Blowout. This money saving offer is the perfect thing for country music fans. It features the following grandstand acts:

-        Sunday, August 16th - Justin Moore / Josh Thompson / Jon Pardi
-        Tuesday, August 18th - Rascal Flatts / Scotty McCreery / Raelynn
-        Friday, August 21st - Hank Williams Jr. / 38 Special

The Country Concert Blowout Package can be yours for the low price of $99. This price includes a ticket to each one of the aforementioned shows AND admission into the fair for each day of the concert. 

You have to hurry though, the Country Concert Blowout Package is only available until July 15th! So make sure to get to the Illinois State Fair Ticket Office on the Fairgrounds before it’s too late! 

Grandstand Giveaway --- FREE TICKETS!!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Busy Bees

The Illinois State Fair features countless different Illinois products. Staying true to this year’s theme, Growing Illinois, each week we will feature an Illinois product you'll find at the 2015 fair.
 This week we would like to focus on the Illinois Beekeepers Association. The Illinois State Beekeepers Association (ISBA) was founded in 1981. Over the past 124 years the ISBA has developed a strong working relationship with local beekeeping associations and with the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA).  During the fair they can be found in the Illinois Building and members of the association will be selling a wide variety of honey products. BEE sure to stop by and try some honey ice cream!  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Feature Food - Corndogs

Friday Feature Food - Corndogs

Corndogs are a staple at the Illinois State Fair.
There are a multitude of vendors that sell this deliciously fun fair food. Some corndog vendors, like Vose's, have been around for more than 45 years serving corndogs to fairgoers. 

Corndogs are so popular at the Illinois State Fair that some organizations use the popular food to help with fundraising causes.  Case in point, the Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation's Corndog Kickoff.  The annual benefit and food grazing party includes live and silent auctions, local entertainment, and of course -- CORNDOGS!  Funds raised from the event benefit the Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation building fund.  
The 2015 Corndog Kickoff is scheduled for July 11th and will be held in the Orr Building.  Tickets are available for purchase online at 

Whether you like to dip them in ketchup, mustard, or eat them plain, make sure to make it out to the 2015 Illinois State Fair to eat one of these popular treats. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Have you seen the Avondale?

The State Fair Manger's house is located about a block east of the Dairy Building, along Central Avenue.   This historic building is an integral part of the fair's operations.
The home was built on the fairgrounds in 1911 by the Sears-Roebuck’s company as a model display home.  Back then you could purchase all the materials needed to construct this six-room bungalow for just $1,242.00!
This year is the first time in ten years that the house will have a permanent resident. State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen and his wife are making this piece of history their permanent home, and it is their hope that this piece of state fair history will live on for many years to come.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

50 Days Out!!!

We are officially 50 days out from the 2015 Illinois State Fair!!!

That means it's time to start blogging again about the fun, exciting, and NEW things you'll find at this year's state fair in Springfield.

Get ready for an AWESOME summer.... more details to come!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

We’re Having a Gas at the 1960 Illinois State Fair!

During the 1960’s, the United States was populated with millions of youths. After the baby boom of the 1950’s, all the babies became teenagers and young adults. This burst in the young population lead to the famous, rebellious spirit of the age. The literature and music reflected their attitudes. College campuses were the centers of debates and protests as the military draft and the Vietnam War formed.

The 1960 Illinois State Fair was filled with amazing acts and excitement! The Fair was held from August 12th till the 21st. At the Grandstand, the Three Stooges, Grand Ole Opry with Roy Acuff, Betty & Benny Fox high pole dance act, and the Bob Hope Show with Brenda Lee all appeared. A mock-up of the Navy Polaris missile was put on display on the Fairgrounds. On August 17th, Mojave, the world’s largest helicopter flew at the Fair. Additionally in this year, presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy, spoke at the Grandstand.

Around the world, these events also occurred in 1960:

Jan 1 – Johnny Cashed began with the first of his many free concerts at jails and prisons.

Jan 2 – Senator John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for president of the United States.

Feb 19 – “Family Circus”, the famous comic series by Bil Keane, appeared in newspapers.

Feb 20 – Jimi Hendrix, famous rock and roll guitarist, played his first show.

April 20 – The US Senate passed the historic Civil Rights Bill.

Jun 16 – Psycho opened for the first time in theaters.

Aug 1 – Chubby Checker released his hit song The Twist.

Aug 25 – The 17th summer Olympics opened in Rome.

Oct 29 – Cassius Clay, soon to be known as Muhammad Ali, beat Tunney Hunsaker in his first professional 

Nov 8 – John F. Kennedy became the 35th US President after beating Vice President Richard Nixon.

Dec 19 – Frank Sinatra performed his first session with Reprise Records. 

Did you love the flower power of the '60s? What was your favorite moment from this year? Did you go to the 1960 Illinois State Fair and love it?  Leave us your comments and pictures!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’! The 1955 Illinois State Fair

World War II ended, and thousands of servicemen returned to America to be with their families. Corporate expansion and jobs were created because the American people boosted the economy by buying goods not available during the war. Now, families could afford single family houses. The concept of “suburban live” was born. Famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, influenced the popularization of the ranch style house. The baby boom was starting.

In Springfield, the Illinois State Fair was held on August 12th through the 21st. Some of the Grandstand acts included famous acts of the time such as WLS Barn Dance Show with Gene Autry and Pat Butram, the Beaver Valley Sweethearts, and the State Fair Musical Revue with the Six Voca-love-lies. South of the Dairy Building, there was a scale model replica of New Salem State Park and the New Salem Rutledge Tavern. On August 5th, a new forty acre conservation area opened on the fairgrounds. The conservation area contained games pens, a zoo, three lakes, and a picnic area. This was to be a year round attraction. The motorcycle races were almost cancelled this year. The reason was due to the rowdy behavior by motorcycle fans in downtown Springfield. The picture above features Bess Paoli. She was one of the first women in the United States to own a race car. 

In 1955, these other events were happening across the world:

Jan 2 – Bob Cummings Show premiered on NBC (later CBS).

Jan 19 – Scrabble was first released on the board game market.

Mar 5 – Elvis Presley appeared for the first time on television on the Louisiana Hayride Show.

Mar 30 – Grace Kelley and Brando won at the 27th Academy Awards for On the Waterfront.

April 5 – Winston Churchill resigned as the British Prime Minister.

April 15 – Ray Kroc started McDonald’s. His first location for this iconic, fast food chain was in Illinois.

May 6 – West Germany joined NATO.

June 7 – President Eisenhower was the first president to appear on color television.

June 23 – Lady and the Tramp, the famous Disney movie about two love-struck dogs, was released.

June 30 – The Johnny Carson Show debuted on CBS.

Aug 12 – President Eisenhower raised the minimum wage. It was raised from 75 cents to $1 an hour.

Sept 9 – Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

Oct 20 – Return of the King, the third novel in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, was published.

Nov 5 – This was the date that Mary McFly returned to in the iconic movie Back to the Future.

Dec 1 – Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus in order to give her seat to a white passenger. 

What was your favorite moment from 1955? Were you one of the baby boomers? How was your experience at the Illinois State Fair? Leave us your comments and pictures!