Monday, August 15, 2011


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Twenty-two Illinois food companies are giving away free samples of their products in the Department of Agriculture Tent at the 2011 Illinois State Fair.
“This is a great opportunity for Illinois food companies to introduce their products to thousands of potential customers and build name recognition,” Ag Tent organizer Larry Aldag said.  “Marketing programs like this are important because food processing is one of Illinois’ leading manufacturing activities.  Simply put, the more demand we create for Illinois food, the more jobs we create in our food industry.”
The food sampling occurs daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The companies rotate, with ten featured each day. 
The participating companies produce a wide variety of products, including homemade noodles, meat sticks, bakery items, chili seasonings, salsas and barbecue sauces. A complete list follows:

Bloodshot Bloody Mary Mix, Springfield
Central Illinois Events Catering, Elkhart
Healthwise Gourmet Coffees, Deer Park
Heavenly Delight Cupcakes, Neoga
Jimmy B’s Super Salsa, Springfield
Jones Boys Market, Ashland
La Mexicana, Chicago
M & G Foods, Hamilton
MichaelAngelo Foods, Chicago
Millie’s Chili, Springfield
Nestlé-Coffee Mate, Jacksonville
Oakland Noodle Company, Oakland
Pease’s Candy, Springfield
Riley’s Seasonings, Pittsfield
Simply Appetizers, Algonquin
Spice of Life, Decatur
Tallgrass Prairie Farm, Petersburg
The Homestead Bakery, Arthur
Uncle Joe’s Sauces, Ina
Wow Garlic, Springfield
Ying’s Kitchen, Gurnee
Zillion’s Chili Bowl Chili, Springfield

The Department of Agriculture Tent is located in the Gate 2 area on the southeast side of the fairgrounds near the “Farmer’s Little Helpers” children’s exhibit. 
In addition to food sampling, the department also is offering free cooking demonstrations.  Three times a day, top chefs are preparing dishes for fairgoers using fresh, local produce.  The demonstrations take place at 11 a.m. and 2 and 5 p.m. in the Gazebo near Brian Raney Ave. and the best part is that the chefs are sharing samples as well as their favorite recipes.


            Winners of the Illinois State Fair photo contests have been announced.  Emmersyn Jiannoni of Springfield was selected the overall grand champion of the Baby Photo contest.  The results are listed below. 

Boys Under 6 Months
1.      Cade Allen, Springfield
2.      Reece Howlett, Springfield
3.      Syliad Walker, Springfield

Girls Under 6 Months
1.      Georgia Halberg, Springfield
2.      Regina Osborn, Springfield
3.      Kynlee Rueter

Boys 6 Months – 1 Year
1.      Adler Lohnes, East Peoria
2.      Hayden Baker, Riverton
3.      Connor Griffith, Sherman

Girls 6 Months – 1 Year
1.      Grace Buckley
2.      Lucy Maynard, East Alton
3.      Elizabeth Nielson, Bourbonnais

Boys 1 Year
1.      David Manowski, Springfield
2.      Torsten Polistina, Springfield
3.      Trenton Davis, Chatham

Girls 1 Year
1.      Carter McCarty, Springfield
2.      Isabelle Folkes, Emden
3.      Giana Moriconi, Chatham

Boys 2 Years
1.      Paul Connolly, Canton
2.      Joshua Arient, Lockport
3.      Zane Shelton, Springfield

Girls 2 Years
1.      Sophie Bond, Staunton
2.      Delaney Fletcher, Olney
3.      Mia Conner, Springfield

Boys 3 Years
1.      Carson Peterman, Sherman
2.      Augustus Lohnes, East Peoria
3.      Wyatt Ratliff, Ashland

Girls 3 Years
1.      Zoey Riley, Oakford
2.      Jordyn Craft, Riverton
3.      Madeline Burshears, Loami

Twins 0-23 Months
1.      Kaelynn and Karly Renfro, Springfield
2.      Luke and Elizabeth Powell, Sherman
3.      Fayth and Noah Sokolis, Athens/
Andrew and Owen Teefy, Springfield

Twins 2-4 Years
1.      Piper and Riley Martin, Worden
2.      Evan and Owen Thrasher, Jacksonville
3.      Raegan and Lauren Humes, Chatham

Cutest Dog
1.      “Tootsie” – Ashley Coontz, Bloomington
2.      “Rosie” – Tim Humphrey, Springfield
3.      “Pepsi” – Tim Humphrey, Springfield

Craziest Dog
1.      “Maddie” – Janet McKeown, Springfield
2.      “Carmikel” – Carol Growell, New Berlin
3.      “Cesar” – Candee Thurman, Beardstown

Female Vocal Contest – Solo
12 and Under
1.      Bond Robertson, Stanford
2.      Stephanie Bilinsky, Springfield
3.      Alexia Christison, Alexander

13 – 18
1.      Mallory Wilson, Earlville
2.      Sydney Assalley, Chatham
3.      Rielly Sanders, Mazon

UPCOMING EVENTS: Sunday, Aug. 14
Veteran’s Day
Veterans and their families are admitted to the grounds for free. A veteran’s parade and activities are among the highlights of the day.  All veterans and their families can purchase a Bargain Bracelet (good for admission on all carnival rides, excluding the Giant Slide and Sky Ride, for $25.
Central Avenue:   Pirates of the Caribbean High Dive Show -–
Daily: 2 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.; 6 p.m.;  8 p.m.

Lincoln Stage: Husband (3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.) and Hog Calling Contest (4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Fairgoers who want to have some good laughs should stop by the Husband and Hog Calling Contest.  This event, a long-time fair favorite, features fairgoers demonstrating their most creative husband and hog call using a variety of vocal and clapping methods.

Jason Aldean, winner of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Top New Male Vocalist Award in 2006 and nominee for this year's ACM Entertainer of the Year Award, will entertain fairgoers Sunday, Aug. 14.  Of his singles, six have reached the number one position on the Hot Country Songs charts: “Why,” “She's Country,” “Big Green Tractor,” “The Truth,” “Don't You Wanna Stay (a duet with Kelly Clarkson)” and “Dirt Road Anthem.”  Grammy nominee Chris Young will sing his hit singles “Gettin' You Home,” “Voices” and “The Man I Want To Be.”  Thompson Square also will perform.


No comments: