Around this time every year is the Illinois State Fair, and it consistently proves to be one of the City’s most lucrative events. If one were to ask fair patrons why they attend the event year after year, they would probably say that it has to do with food, rides, or even the high dive show. Whatever one’s preference is, the Illinois State Fair provides a lot more to its guests than simply Culler’s fries and the historic, 90-year-old Butter Cow.
Most people know that certain events correspond to the day’s theme. For example, this coming Friday, the 17th is “Futures for Kids Day” which includes open llama, sheep, rabbit and other animal shows, a junior dairy show, a society horse show, and a decorated dirty diaper derby contest among other events. This would be a great day for parents to arrange a fair day for their small children. However, the entire fair is at everyone’s disposal. Some of the favorites include harness races and Vose’s corndogs.
If you are into nature and the wilderness, then Conservation World is the ideal place for you. There are several exhibitions every day ranging from the Illinois EPA to the Legends of White tails. For children, Smokey the Bear is never too far away in the Forestry Tent, and there is also an opportunity for children to learn archery, how to shoot a BB gun, rock climbing, as well as casting line from a fishing pole. As if these activities were not enough, Conservation World also offers a Chainsaw Artist who carves wood into shapes of animals (to be sold later of course) and Field Dog Demonstrations.
Conservation World may not be everybody’s first choice, but luckily at the Illinois State Fair the sky is the limit. If you would like to support your local government, then stop by the Governor’s tent to learn about the Governor’s programs for the creation and support of high quality jobs in Illinois. There is also an entire museum dedicated to the history of the Illinois State Fair. It is not hard to find as long as you can find the giant Abraham Lincoln statue wielding an axe.
One could go on and on about what there is to do at the Illinois State Fair, but the point is that there is no shortage of activities or sights to see. Sometimes it seems like the older one gets, the less interest there is in going to the fair because it is “the same old thing every year.” Don’t jump to this conclusion without getting the full experience, and look at the State Fair as a way of supporting the community as well as being a part of a truly important event for the State of Illinois and the City of Springfield.
Listing courtesy of Curtis Tillett, Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker Commercial-Devonshire Realty