Monday, July 27, 2015

College Night at Illinois State Fair

Springfield, Ill. – Enjoying the Illinois State Fair just got easier, especially for Illinois college students.   State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen announced today College Night will take place on Thursday, August 20th

Any college student who purchases a ticket to see The Fray with Andy Grammer at the Grandstand will receive FREE admission to the fairgrounds for the night of the concert, August 20th.  “This is a great way to kick off a brand new school year,” said State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen. “Many of these students are just getting acclimated to a new city and making new friends, what better place to do that than at the Illinois State Fair with a great concert.”

To sweeten the deal for area college students, University of Illinois Springfield will offer its students a shuttle service from the university to the state fairgrounds from 5:30pm until midnight. “As our students return for the start of the fall semester, we welcome this opportunity for them to experience the Illinois State Fair,” said University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch.
For non-UIS students, Springfield Mass Transit District offers transportation to the fairgrounds for a minimal cost, and Uber also offers services in the Capital City.  SMTD bus route information can be obtained at

Here’s how tickets can be purchased:

In Person @ Grandstand Box Office
- Monday – Friday 8:00am-5pm on/or before 8/19/15
-Must present valid college ID to obtain free admission voucher
Online @
- Must bring concert ticket and college ID to box office on/or before 8/19/15 to obtain free admission voucher

By Phone via Ticketmaster or Grandstand Box Office
-Must bring concert ticket and college ID to box office on/or before 8/19/15 to obtain free admission voucher

If you are a student who already purchased a ticket to see The Fray with Andy Grammer, please bring your student ID and your ticket to the grandstand box office, on or before August 19th, to receive your free admission voucher for the night of the concert.

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


Have you seen the BUTTER COW???

There are many attractions at the Illinois State Fair that make the fair an exciting place to be! One attraction has been around for more than 70 years, but still offers something new every year. The Butter Cow is a must see State Fair attraction. 

Every year the cow is sculpted by Sharon BuMann. Every year she spends two days in a refrigerated cooler sculpting the cow out of about 600 pounds of unsalted butter. Here's a fun fact:  The butter used to sculpt the cow is recycled and used to make other sculptures!

This delightful attraction is located in the Dairy Building. When you come out to the fair this year make sure you take a picture of the Butter Cow and share it on social media.  Use the hashtag #ISawTheButterCow   

Friday, July 24, 2015

19 Days Until....

....Funnel Cakes return to the Illinois State Fair! 
Funnel cakes are made by pouring batter directly into hot frying oil. The resulting cake is swirly, thin, delicate and crisp. 

These delicious powdered covered deep fried cakes have been around since 1390 A.D. They first began appearing in medieval cooking manuscripts and are an ancient fair tradition. 

These delectable treats are available at many different vendors throughout the Illinois State Fair, along with a plethora of other food a drink items. 

Make sure you make it out to the Illinois State Fair, August 13th-- 23rd
Hope to see you in line for some delicious fair food!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sign Up for the Ag Tour sponsored by BRANDT

We are so excited that this year we will have the opportunity to take fairgoers on a behind the scenes tour of Illinois agriculture.
Ag tours sponsored by Brandt is a new attraction at this year’s fair!
This twice daily tour will depart from the Illinois Department of Agriculture tent and take fairgoers on a guided tram ride throughout the fairgrounds.  On the tour you will tour and talk to specialists about Illinois beef, dairy, horse racing, grains and so much more! This tour is a chance for you to have a seat, relax, and learn about a very important industry in the state of Illinois. 
Make sure you make it out to one of these great new tours and learn all about what Illinois Agriculture has to offer.  Each Ag Tour participant will receive a coupon to the commodities pavilion where you will be able to sample some of Illinois finest agriculture products!

Ag Tour sponsored by BRANDT

Friday, August 14  10:30am & 3:30pm
Saturday, August 15  10:30am & 2pm
Sunday, August 16  10:30am & 2pm
Monday, August 17  10:30am & 3:30pm
Tuesday, August 18  10:30am & 3:30pm
Wednesday, August 19  10:30am & 3:30pm
Thursday, August 20  10:30am & 3:30pm
Friday, August 21  10:30am & 3:30pm
Saturday, August 22  10:30am & 2pm

Monday, July 20, 2015

Looking for thrills, chills, and shrills?

Looking for thrills, chills, and shrills?
The Illinois State Fair Mega Pass is the thing for you! 

For $70 you can ride all the rides you want for all 11 days of the fair every hour that the carnival is open. That’s less than $7 a day! But hurry because after July 31st the price goes up to $90, which is still a great value at only $9 a day.
There is only two weeks left until this amazing deal is gone.

AVOID THE LONG LINES, and the increased August prices, with extended hours in the Mega Pass Office! 
The Mega Pass office is open:
Saturday, July 25 from 9a-1p 
July 27-July 31 from 8a-6p

Don’t wait!  Come in and get your great deals today!

Friday, July 17, 2015


Mark it on your calendar ASAP! Come taste different wines and beers from Illinois wineries and craft breweries inside the Artisans Building from Noon to 10 p.m. daily at the 2015 Illinois State Fair, August 13th-23rd! The Illinois Wine Experience is sponsored by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association which was established in 1992. Today the Illinois wine industry creates a direct economic impact of more than $253 million annually. At the 2015 Illinois Wine Experience, admission is free with sampling tickets available for just $1 each! A complementary wine glass is provided when you buy more than 10 tasting tickets. Wine may also be purchased by the glass, bottle and case from each winery at the fair. The event is open to anyone, but you must be 21 years of age or older to taste the wines. Come check out the event and get a little taste of Illinois wineries right here at the Illinois State Fair!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Have Camera Will Travel....

Baby Photo Contest

Do you have a recent photo of your baby that shows off their cuteness, uniqueness and their very own personality? Enter into the 2015 Illinois State Fair’s Baby Photo Contest by sending in or hand delivering a recent photo of your baby by August 1st, 2015 to the Special Events Office in the Emmerson Building on the fairgrounds. 
All photographs will be on display during the entire Illinois State Fair, August 13-23, in the Kids Korner area, to the south of the Emmerson Building. 
Don’t worry if your photograph is not perfection, judging will be based on personality and appeal! 
Be sure to stop by the 2015 Illinois State Fair to see this year’s baby photo contest!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Happy Birthday to you...

Today is the Army of the United States 240th anniversary. The Illinois State Fairgrounds has shared a history with the U.S. Army since the 1900’s. In 1917, solders waiting to go to war were housed in the Dome building, until it burned down. In 1919, American soldiers from 3 wars; the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I gathered at the State Fair to celebrate Victory Day in commemoration of the end of WWI. The fairs tie to the Army does not end there.  Between the years 1942 and 1945, no fair was held. This was due to the fact that the fairgrounds were being used as a U.S. Army Air Force supply depot. The grounds were also used during that time to train over 1,000 Chinese military personnel.  The tie between the Illinois State Fair and the U.S. Army is strong and dates back almost a century. This is one of the reasons why each year at the fair, we take a day to honor our veterans, not just of the Army, but of all branches of the military. Without their service and dedication to our country the fair we all love and know may not exist.  This year, Veterans Day at the Illinois State Fair will be Sunday, August 16th. All veterans, current service members, and their immediate family receive free entry into fair. The fun does not stop there though.  On the Lincoln stage, beginning at 10am, there will be various activities in honor of our veterans. These activities run until 3pm and include a luncheon at 1pm. The Veterans Day festivities will end with a parade at 4pm. The parade starts at gate 3 and will end at the goat barn and will conclude the schedule of events for the Veterans Day celebration, but it does not have to conclude your fun at the fair. The fairgrounds will be open until 11pm for you to enjoy all the fair has to offer. See a detailed list of the Veteran’s Day activities below!


****All activities take place at Lincoln Stage except the Parade****

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Memorial Service

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Special Performance - Sound Celebration

12:00 p.m.           Official Program

1:00 p.m.             Lunch served

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.       Musical Entertainment - Patt Holt Singers

3:30 p.m.             Parade line up at Gate 3 near the Fire Station

4:00 p.m.             Parade begins


Come to the Fair - Stay Just Feet From All the Action!

Do you want to get the full experience of the fair but live too far away? Well then stay at the Illinois State Fair campgrounds. These grounds are located inside the Illinois State Fair so you could literally be staying where all the fun and action is going on. All you need to do is apply, be accepted, and pay! The earlier you apply the better your chances are of getting a spot. See the information below for the new policies effective this year and make sure you get your applications submitted
NEW IN 2015 ---
2015 RATES:
• $40/night for campsite with camper
• $20/night for tent camping with vehicle
• $15/night for tent camping without vehicle

Friday, July 10, 2015

Husband & Hog Calling Contest

Suey, Suey, Suey, here piggy piggy!  
That is just one of the noises that will be heard from the Lincoln Stage on August 16th.  Starting at 3:30pm you will hear calls such as these ringing through the fair grounds. 
Hog calling isn’t the only sound you will be hearing though, we will also be having a husband calling contest. Now ladies, I know we all have that special way of getting our man’s attention when he isn’t in speaking distance. So why not enter into the contest and see if all the practice of yelling for your man over the years has payed off! 
Entries into the husband and hog calling contests can be as original as you want. Weather you yodel, sing, bark, yell, or whisper to get your husband or hogs attention, come on out to the Lincoln stage, on the 16th, to see if your call will win.  
You can register for this fun filled event one of two ways. The first way is to come on the 16th, 30-minutes before the contest begins and fill out a form to enter. The second way is the guaranteed way to get your call on stage and all you have to do is email with your name, age, and the county you are from. We will take down this information and then all you need to do the day of the contest is to show up and call away. 
This year’s husband and hog calling emcee is Rita Frazier. So get those registrations in and come out to the Lincoln Stage, at the Illinois State Fair, on August 16th at 3:30pm to participate in the laugh filled, family fun event!