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)


Apex Stage
12 pmMariah Henderson
1:30 pmRadio Twist
5 pmThe Baked Potatoes
Artisans Building
10 am-10 pmIllinois Wine Experience
7 pmLowder & Manning
Ethnic Village Stage
4 pmExorna (Irish)
7:30 pmAduki Jazz Quintet
7:30 pmSammy Hagar w/ Collective Soul
Grandstand Stage Side Party
5 pmTaylor June
Happy Hollow
12 pmHypnotist Catherine Hickland
1:20 pmScotts Crazy Comedy Magic Show
2:10 pmHypnotist Catherine Hickland
3:30 pmScotts Crazy Comedy Magic Show
4:20 pmHypnotist Catherine Hickland
5:40 pmScotts Crazy Comedy Magic Show
6:30 pmHypnotist Catherine Hickland
7:50 pmScotts Crazy Comedy Magic Show
Illinois Building Auditorium
12:45 pmMarshall-Putnam-Stark Show Choir
2:15 pmJans Dance Studio
3:30 pmCentral IL Irish Dancers
5 pmFemale Vocal Solo Talent Contest
Illinois Building Lawn
10 amLooking for Lincoln: History Comes Alive
11 amLooking for Lincoln: Music Lincoln Loved
11:45 amLooking for Lincoln: Ask Abe Anything
12 pmLooking for Lincoln: History Comes Alive
1 pmLooking for Lincoln: Music Lincoln Loved
1:30 pmLooking for Lincoln: Civil War Toy Making
2 pmLooking for Lincoln: Meet a Civil War Soldier
3 pmLooking for Lincoln: Music Lincoln Loved
Junior Livestock Building
8 amJr Heifers-Angus, Hereford, Polled Hereford, Shorthorn, & Simmental
8 amJunior Breeding Swine Show
Kids Korner
11 amDePriest Puppets
11:30 amAllan Adcock - Ventriloquist
12 pmThe Rockin Rob Show
12:30 pmAllan Adcock - Ventriloquist
1 pmDePriest Puppets
1:30 pmThe Rockin Rob Show
2 pmDePriest Puppets
2:30 pmThe Rockin Rob Show
3 pmDePriest Puppets
3:30 pmAllan Adcock - Ventriloquist
4 pmThe Rockin Rob Show
4:30 pmAllan Adcock - Ventriloquist
5 pmDePriest Puppets
5:30 pmThe Rockin Rob Show
Lincoln Stage
10 amCounty Fair Winners
5:30 pmEddie Howard Sextet
Livestock Center
8 amLow % Simmental Show
11 amCharolais Show
2 pmMain Anjou Show
Poultry and Rabbit Exhibit
9 amPoultry Show
Roving Entertainment
4 pmLand of Lincoln Chorus
Sheep Barn
8 amJunior Breeding Sheep Show
8 amJunior Meat Goats Breeding
1 pmBoer Goats (breeding)
The Shed
12 pmIsaiah Christian Littig
8 pmRowdy Jones