Illinois State Fair | County Fairs and Horse Racing Day
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County Fairs and Horse Racing Day

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Friday, August 14

More than 70 county fair queens and 105 fairs and expositions from across the state are represented at the fair on opening day. It is also the first of six days of harness racing at the fair’s one-mile dirt track, which is the fastest in the world.


  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony -9:30 a.m.
  • Open Beef, Sheep and Poultry Shows
  • Junior Barrow, Beef, Pygmy Goat, Wether Shows
  • Society Horse Show
  • Harness Racing Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes (Two-Year-Old Eliminations)


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