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 
fight.

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!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Can you dig it? The 1979 Illinois State Fair!


Throughout war, political upheaval, and social changes, American culture in the 1970’s flourished. Anti-war protesting was highly visible among American college and universities. Mood rings, lava lamps, and pet rocks all became staple items in households across the nation. In Springfield, the 1979 Illinois State Fair ran from August 9 through August 19. To enter the State Fair, adults paid $1.50. Children, age 13 and under, cost only 50₵.

At the Grandstand, the Illinois State Fair hosted amazing acts such as Bill Cosby and Mary Macgregor, Willie Nelson, Chicago, and Chubby Checker. Jerry Lee Lewis was scheduled to perform, but he failed to appear. The new Agriculture Building was under construction at 8th Street and Sangamon Avenue. McDonald’s hosted a petting zoo in the Park Area of the fairgrounds.

During 1979, these other memorable events occurred around the world:

Jan 6 – The Village People’s song “Y.M.C.A” became the band’s only No. 1 single in the United Kingdom.

Jan 13 – YMCA files a libel suit against the Village People for their “Y.M.C.A” song.

Jan 26 – Dukes of Hazzard, a future hit TV show that highlighted a Southern family, premieres on CBS.

Feb 7 – In Los Angeles, Pink Floyd performed their live version of The Wall for the first time.

Mar 4 – The US Voyager I took a photo that revealed Jupiter’s rings.

May 4 – Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to be elected as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

June 23 – The Charlie Daniels Band released their hit song “Devil Went Down to Georgia”.

July 1 – Sony introduced the Walkman to the public.

July 16 – Saddam Hussein succeeded Premier/President al-Bakr of Iraq.

Aug 30 – While on a canoe trip in Georgia, rabbit attacked President Carter.

Oct 17 – Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nov 4 – 500 Iranian “students” seized the UK embassy in Iran taking ninety hostages. The hostages were held for over four hundred days. This event became the basis for the 2012 movie Argo starring Ben Affleck and John Goodman.

Nov 13 – In New York, Ronald Regan announced his candidacy for the US Presidency.

What were some of your favorite moments from the 1980’s? Share your favorite photos and stories with us! Just tag the Illinois State Fair or #MakingMemories.

The 2014 Illinois State Fair runs through August 7 – 17.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bad to the Bone with the 1985 Illinois State Fair


Arguably one of the most memorable decades in recant American history, the 1980’s was chock full of cultural changes. It was the decade where President Ronald Regan declared a war on drugs, big hair and neon clothes ruled the fashion world, and the Berlin Wall fell. At home in Springfield, the 1985 Illinois State Fair was held from August 8 through the 18. Admission was a mere $2 for adults while child 16 and under could get in for only $1. The Grandstand line up was full on talent. The Illinois State Fair hosted such acts as Survivor, Willie Nelson, comedian Gallagher, The Beach Boys, and John Waite with Meat Loaf. Willie Nelson performed for over ten years at the Illinois State Fair.

            Before each evening Grandstand show, David Merrifield performed an awe-inspiring trapeze act while suspended from a helicopter. At the Illinois Building, exhibits from Australia, China, and Japan were featured. The Japanese exhibit contained a robot named Yume-Maru Jr., which greeted guests. Additionally, there was a robot orchestra which played from a selection of twenty-three songs.

During 1985, these other memorable events occurred around the world:

Jan 1 – VH-1 debuted.

Jan 28 – “We are the World” was recorded by a group of super stars from the United States as a charity single for Africa. This group included such musical talent like Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Ray Charles, and others.

March 6 – Yul Brynner appeared in his 4,500th performance of the musical The King & I.

March 15 – The first Internet domain name was registered. The domain name? symbolics.com

May 16 – Michael Jordan was named the NBA Rookie of the Year.

June 27 – Route 66, the historic roadway that ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, was decertified.

July 13 – LiveAid rose over $70 million for African famine relief.

Aug 27 – At the age of 14 years and 8 days old, Mary Joe Fernandez was the youngest person to win a US Tennis Open Match. She beat Sara Gomer in the first round.

Sept 20 – Walt Disney World hosted its 200 millionth guest. 

Sept 22 – In Champaign, Illinois, Willie Nelson and other country musicians participated in Farm Aid.

Sept 29 – MacGyver debuted on ABC-TV.

Oct 9 – In New York City, Central Park dedicated a portion of its acreage as Strawberry Field to memorialize The Beatles.

Nov 17 – Howard Stern began broadcasting on 92.3 WXRK-FM in New York.

What were some of your favorite moments from the 1970’s? Tell us or share your photos!


The 2014 Illinois State Fair runs through August 7 – 17.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Getting Jazzed up for the 1912 Illinois State Fair!


It was at the beginning of a new decade for America. After the Industrial Revolution, the United States transitioned into the period known as the Progressive Era which lasted from 1895 till the 1920’s. It was a time of unrest and reform. In the 1910’s, labor unions grew as the middle class became increasingly unhappy. Accidents and unsafe working conditions in factories added to the turmoil of the decade. This decade was the beginning of reform for the future of the American people.

In Springfield, we celebrated the 1912 Illinois State Fair Friday, October 4 through Saturday, October 12. On October 7, Horace Kearney crashed his Curtis biplane from a height of 100 ft. During the same day, Chuck Wilkerson of Springfield went up in a hot air balloon and made a successful parachute jump. Unfortunately, his balloon burned the next day. The Governor, and candidate for President, Woodrow Wilson spoke at the Illinois State Fair on October 9.

In 1912, these important historic events also took place:
Jan 6 – New Mexico became the 47th state.
Feb 14 – Arizona joined the United States as the 18th state.
March 12 – Girl Guides (later to be known as Girl Scouts) formed in Savannah, Georgia by Juliette Gordon Low
April 10 – RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England for her first and last voyage.
April 15 – RMS Titanic sank at 2:27 AM off the coast of Newfound after hitting an iceberg. As the ship sinks, the band played on.
Oct 14 – Bull Moose Party candidate, Theodore Roosevelt, is shot while campaigning in Milwaukee.
Oct 18 – The first of the Balkan Wars began.
Nov 5 – Woodrow Wilson defeats Theodore Roosevelt and Pres. Taft to become the next United State President.

Nov 25 – The American College of Surgeons incorporated in Springfield, Ill.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Presenting the 1934 Illinois State Fair!



Every decade of American history is known for iconic figures, events, and intrigue. Starting at the beginning of the Great Depression, the 1930s was the age of natural as well as man-made disasters and famous gangsters.

In 1934, the Illinois State Fair ran from Saturday, August 18 through Saturday, August 25. Thirteen different bands performed at the Grandstand. Ten free vaudeville acts performed in front of the Grandstand for each afternoon and evening Monday through Friday. During this fair, admission was only 25₵ while admission to the Grandstand was a whopping 50₵. At the beginning of the 1930s, more than 15 million workers were unemployed. This meant that admission to the State Fair was still expensive by the day’s standards.

Along with all the amazing attractions at the 1934 Illinois State Fair, these were other notable events that occurred in America during the year:

Jan 1 - Alcatraz officially became a federal prison.

Jan 7 - Alex Raymond debuted his comic strip “Flash Gordon”.

April 19 – Shirley Temple appeared in “Stand Up & Cheer”, her first movie.

June 22 – John Dillinger was informally named America’s first Public Enemy Number One.


Sept 30 – Babe Ruth played his final game as a Yankee. The final score was 0 for 3. 




Share with us your favorite photos/memories/stories of making memories at the Illinois State Fair!



The 2014 Illinois State Fair runs Aug. 7 - 17.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Show Us Your Favorite Throwback Thursday Moment from the Illinois State Fair!




Throwback Thursday and nostalgic memories induced by photos go hand-in-hand. For over 160 years, thousands of people have been creating lifelong memories at the Illinois State Fair. Here at the State Fair, our favorite memories are of all the fun, exciting, and unique things that can be seen here. For example, the famous butter cow has been a tradition at the Illinois State Fair for decades, but did you know that the tradition dates back further? Archaeologists have uncovered animal shaped molds from excavation sits from Babylon to Roman Britain. In ancient Tibet, Buddhist monks would carve figures of animals out of churned yak butter.

What is your favorite Throwback Thursday memory from the Illinois State Fair? Send us your childhood pictures, comment your memories, and share.


The 2014 Illinois State Fair runs from August 7 – 17. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

SALE OF CHAMPIONS BREAKS THREE RECORDS

Event raises $135,200 for junior producers and the state’s 4-H and FFA education programs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Governor Pat Quinn proved to be a good “arm twister” at Tuesday evening’s Sale of Champion Illinois State Fair livestock and commodities.
            “I wish you could raise as much money for the state of Illinois as you have here tonight,” master of ceremonies Orion Samuelson said.
            With the encouragement of the governor, three records were broken. The first was for Sarah DeSchepper’s Grand Champion Wether. DeSchepper’s wether was auctioned off for $12,500, beating the previous record by $3,000.
            “It’s awesome,” DeSchepper, 18, of Altona, said. “I’ve been here eight times and never done it. I’m glad this could be the year and I could be a part of it.”
            The second record was for the sales price of the Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Barrow.  It fetched $10,100 for showman Adam Gradert, 13, of Geneseo, or $100 more than the previous mark. 
The third record was for Sherman teenager Austin Burris and his Grand Champion Steer. His steer was sold for a whopping $51, 200, breaking the previous record of $50,100.
            “I was excited and I couldn’t believe it. It’s unbelievable,” the 18-year-old Burris said.
            Joining these three record-breakers was a newcomer.  13-year-old Kenzie Schlipf came to the sale for the first time with her Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen.
            “It’s a lot to take in and there are a lot of people,” Schlipf, who was all smiles as her meat pen sold for $3,700, said.
            Schlipf was accompanied at the auction by her cousin Bodee Schlipf, who exhibited the Grand Champion Barrow.  It sold for $16,000. 
            “It was really lucky. We never thought we’d both be in it,” Kenzie said.
            The Grand Champion Poultry Meat Pen brought $3,500 for exhibitor James Banas, 13, of Wimington, while the Grand Champion Meat Goat sold for $3,000.  Its exhibitor was 12-year-old Dylan Hummel of Cabery. 
            The sale raised $135,200 Tuesday night.  The junior producers who raised the animals receive 80 percent of the sales price.  The remaining 20 percent is divided equally between the 4H and FFA youth education programs.  
            A list of all the animals sold at the auction as well as their owners, the purchasers, and the amount that each animal sold for follows:

Product
Exhibitor
Purchaser
Amount
Grand Champion Cheddar Cheese
Avanti Foods
Illinois State Auctioneers Association & Farm Credit Services
$600
Grand Champion Cottage Cheese
Prairie Farms (Carbondale, Ill.)
McDonalds of Taylorville (Marty Davis)
$425
Grand Champion Cream Cheese
Swiss Valley Farms
University of Illinois
$750
Grand Champion String Cheese
Kraft Foods (Campbell, N.Y.)
Lee Gaule
$250
Grand Champion Bacon
Erckman’s Processing
Illinois Association of Meat Processors
$600
Grand Champion Ham
Erckman’s Processing
Sorrell’s Farm Supply
$600
Grand Champion Summer Sausage
Thrushwood Farms
Lee Auction Service
$550
Grand Champion Processed Beef
Erckman’s Processing
Cory Craig – Auctioneer
$500
Best of Show Illinois Wine
Prairie State Winery
Illinois Green Industry Association
$1,100
Grand Champion Honey
Christopher Saad
Top Line Farms
$1,300
Grand Champion Doe’s Milk
Evan Jodlowski
Parker Elvidge
$1,200
Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen
Kenzie Schlipf
Beck’s Hybrids & Agrivest Inc.
$3,700
Grand Champion Poultry Trio
James Banas
McDonald’s (Marty & Donna Davis Family)
$3,500
Land of Lincoln Supreme Champion Female Print
Allison Telgmann
Prairie Farms
$1,000
Grand Champion Meat Goat Wether
Dylan Hummel
Dr. MacGregor & Family
$3,000
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Wether
Sarah DeSchepper
Friends of Knox County 4-H, Waste Management, and the Sky Ride
$3,500
Grand Champion Wether
Sarah DeSchepper
North American Midway Entertainment
$12,500
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Barrow
Adam Gradert
Illinois Purebred Swine Breeders
$10,100
Grand Champion Barrow
Bodee Schlipf
Cargill & Brandt
$16,000
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Steer
Elaine Richardson
Pioneer Hybrids & Friends of Morgan County 4-H
$30, 700
Grand Champion Steer
Austin Burris
Dekalb, Asgrow, Monsanto, & AT&T
$51,200

2011 Illinois State Fair Agriculture Day

Agricultural leaders and supporters gathered on the Director’s Lawn today to celebrate Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair. During a luncheon and ceremony, several individuals and families were recognized for their contributions to Illinois agriculture. The list of awards and recipients is as follows:
Award
Winner
Hall of Fame Award
Sponsor:  Ill. Agri Women
Jean Ibendahl
Tamaroa
Perry County
Outstanding Woman in Agri Business
Sponsor:  Ill. Agri Women
Evelyn Thomas with Brandt
Pleasant Plains
Sangamon County
Outstanding Illinois Woman Farmer
Sponsor:  Ill. Agri Women
Joanie Schone
Jacksonville
Morgan County
Pork Producer Family of the Year
Sponsor:  Ill. Pork Producers Association
Dunkirk Family
Gary and Marietta Dunkirk
Dereke and Chelsea Dunkirk
Morrisonville
Christian County
Ill. Beef Association Farm Family of the Year
Sponsor:  Ill. Beef Association
Kocher Farms
Jacob and Anna Kocher
Henry
 Marshall County
Outstanding Farm Family – Ill. Farm Bureau
Sponsor:  Ill. Farm Bureau
Matt and Kim DeBlock
Aledo
Mercer County
Farm Family of the Year – Ill. State Grange
Sponsor:  Ill. State Grange
Fay and Donna Ellwanger
Garden Prairie
Boone County
Illinois Conservation Farm Family Governor's Award
Sponsor:  Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Mark and Marsha Tennis
Sumner
Lawrence County
2011 Outstanding Sheep Breeder
Sponsor:  Illinois Lamb and Wool Producers
Mike and Shirley McElvain
Heyworth
McLean County
Ill. Milk Producers' Association Environmental Stewardship Award
Sponsor:  Ill. Milk Producers' Association
Macomber Dairy
Dave and Karen Macomber
Lena
Stephenson County
Service to Illinois Agriculture
Sponsor:  Farm Credit Services of Illinois
Randy Miller
Taylorville
Christian County
Friend of Agriculture Award – Ill. Extension Agricultural Association
Sponsor:  Illinois Extension Agricultural Association
Tom Jennings
Springfield
Sangamon County
Best of Show, 2011 Ill. State Fair Wine Competition
Sponsor:  Ill. Grape Growers and Vintners Association
Prairie State Winery
Rick Mamoser
Genoa
DeKalb County
Governor's Cup for Illinois-Grown Table White Wine, 2011 Ill. State Fair Wine Competition
Sponsor:  Ill. Grape Growers and Vintners Association
Galena Cellars
Christine Lawlor White
Galena
Jo Daviess County
Governor's Cup for Illinios-Grown Rose' Wine, 2011 Ill. State Fair Wine Competition
Sponsor:  Ill. Grape Growers and Vintners Association
Kite Hill Vineyard
Barb Bush
Carbondale
Jackson County
Governor's Cup for Illinois-Grown Fruit Wine and Governor's Cup for Illinois -Grown Dessert Wine, 2011 Ill. State Fair Wine Competition
Sponsor:  Ill. Grape Growers and Vintners Association
Pheasant Hollow Winery
Bruce Morgenstern and Denny Franklin
Whittington
Franklin County
Governor's Cup for Illinois-Grown Red Table Wine, 2011 Ill. State Fair Wine Competition
Sponsor:  Ill. Grape Growers and Vintners Association
Blue Sky Vineyard
Jim Ewers and Karen Hand
Makanda
Jackson County
Top Award for Red Table Wine from any Appellation, 2011 Ill. State Fair Wine Competition
Sponsor:  Ill. Grape Growers and Vintners Association
Hickory Ridge Vineyard
Ron Presswood
Pomona
Jackson County
Top Award for White Table Wine from any Appellation, 2011 Ill. State Fair Wine Competition
Sponsor:  Ill. Grape Growers and Vintners Association
Blue Sky Vineyard
Jim Ewers and Karen Hand
Makanda
Jackson County
Top Award for Fruit/Dessert Wine from Any Appellation, 2011 Ill. State Fair Wine Competition
Sponsor:  Ill. Grape Growers and Vintners Association
Galena Cellars
Christine Lawlor White
Galena
Jo Daviess County
Illinoisan of the Day
Sponsor:  Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation
Brenda Besse
Erie
Whiteside County
Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year 2011
Sponsor:  American Forest Foundation – Ill. Tree Farm Committee
Jerry Mizek
Jerry Mizek
Elizabeth
Jo Daviess County
Conservation Stewardship District Conservationist of the Year
Sponsor:  Ill. Stewardship Alliance
Kent Bohnhoff
Bloomington
McLean County
R.J. Vollmer Sustainable Agriculture Farmer
Sponsor:  Ill. Department of Agriculture
Jack Erisman
Pana
Christian County
Ill. Leadership Council for Agriculture Education Excellence Award - Education Area
Sponsor:  lll. Leadership Council for Agricultural Education
Mark Williams
Springfield
Sangamon County
Ill. Leadership Council for Agriculture Education Excellence Award - Agribusiness Area
Sponsor:  Ill. Leadership Council for Agricultural Education
Bill Davisson
Bloomington
McLean County
Ill. Leadership Council for Agriculture Education Excellence Award - Media Area
Sponsor:  Ill. Leadership Council for Agricultural Education
Barb Baylor Anderson
Edwardsville
Madison County
Perry Schneider Award of Special Recognition
Sponsor:  Ill. Leadership Council for Agricultural Educaiton
Randall Lloyd
Normal
McLean County
Perry Schneider Award of Special Recognition
Sponsor:  Ill. Leadership Council for Agricultural Educaiton
Martha Burris
Newman
Douglas County
Perry Schneider Award of Special Recognition
Sponsor:  Ill. Leadership Council for Agricultural Educaiton
Susan Kleiboeker
Shattuc
Marion County
Perry Schneider Award of Special Recognition
Sponsor:  Ill. Leadership Council for Agricultural Educaiton
Carol Jo Beadles
Albion
Edwards County
Perry Schneider Award of Special Recognition
Sponsor:  Ill. Leadership Council for Agricultural Educaiton
Warren Ribley
Springfield
Sangamon County
Outstanding Elementary Teacher
Sponsor:  Ag-in-the-Classroom
Dr. Kammie Richter
Oakwood Junior High School
Danville
Vermilion County
Excellence in Teaching Award-District 1
Sponsor:  Ill. Association of Vo-Ag Teachers
Jay Solomonson
Orion High School
Excellence in Teaching Award-District 2
Sponsor:  Ill. Association of Vo-Ag Teachers
Brandon Tate
Ridgeview High School
Excellence in Teaching Award-District 3
Sponsor:  Ill. Association of Vo-Ag Teachers
Kevin Brannan
Carrollton High School
Excellence in Teaching Award-District 4
Sponsor:  Ill. Association of Vo-Ag Teachers
Marty Niehaus
Hillsboro High School
Excellence in Teaching Award-District 5
Sponsor:  Ill. Association of Vo-Ag Teachers
Lynne Wilson
Johnston  City High School


UPCOMING EVENTS: Wednesday, Aug. 17
Governor’s Day

While Governor Quinn attends much of the Illinois State Fair, this is his day to host special guests.

Governor’s Tent: “Innovation Illinois!” – Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Visit Governor Quinn’s tent, “Innovation Illinois!,” located at the southeast corner of Main Street and Brian Raney Avenue.  Learn about how creative organizations across Illinois are helping the economy and creating the cutting-edge jobs of tomorrow.  Interactive displays, demonstrations of emerging technology and a Kid’s Science Korner play area hosted by the Illinois State Museum are featured.

Lt. Governor’s Tent – Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will feature river creation and farmers markets in her state tent.  Visitors can enter a random drawing for a rain barrel, canoe in virtual reality, browse a mini farmers market and pose for a photo in Simon’s kayak.  Simon will also perform on her banjo Aug. 17 with her band, Loose Gravel, at 4 p.m. in the Miller Lite tent.

Attorney General’s Tent: Daily from 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Grandstand Ave.
Have you ever wondered what exactly the Attorney General does? Stop by the Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s tent to discover a few fun facts you didn’t know about your Attorney General’s Office!

State Treasurer’s Tent – State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s Tent will house the programs of the Office of the State Treasurer; specifically highlighting the Bright Start and Cash Dash Programs.

Comptroller’s Tent – Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will highlight office services and provide computers for residents to “Check for Cash” at the Illinois Office of the Comptroller tent.  The state’s Chief Fiscal Officer also will honor Illinois veterans, scouts and other community servants throughout the week.

Grandstand: Oak Ridge Boys with Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, 8 p.m.
The legendary Oak Ridge Boys and Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will take the stage Wednesday, Aug. 17.  The Oak Ridge Boys have won dozens of awards and sold more than 30 million records during their 30 year career.  Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers became one of country music's most successful acts of the 1970s and 1980s.

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