Main Gate panorama view

Schedule of Events



August 8 -- County Fair and Horse Racing Day
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 day of harness racing at the fair's one-mile dirt track, which is the fastest in the world.

August 9 -- City of Springfield/Local Officials Day
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development hosts a luncheon for local officials from across the state as they are honored on this special day.

August 10 -- Veterans Day
Veterans and their families are admitted to the grounds for free. A veterans parade and activities are some of the highlights for the day.

August 11 -- Senior Citizens Day/Scout Day
Fair visitors 60 and older are admitted to the fairgrounds for free. Special events in the Senior Citizens Center, including inductions into the Illinois Senior Hall of Fame, take place throughout the day. The Scout Day Tent will be located directly outside the entrance to the Carnival Midway.

August 12 -- Agriculture Day
Illinois agriculture, which is featured throughout the fair, is highlighted on this day. Grand champion junior livestock including the barrow, steer, wether, poultry trio and rabbit trio are auctioned at the Governor's Sale of Champions, and the best of Illinois processed foods are auctioned at the Commodity Auction.

August 13 -- Governor's Day
While the Governor attends much of the Illinois State Fair, this is his day to host special guests, including former Illinois Governors.

August 14 -- Republican Day
Illinois Republicans host special guests on this day. Past activities have included rallies and parades.

August 15 -- Futures for Kids Day
Many of the activities on this day are centered around our younger visitors. Several competitions are held including decorated diaper, diaper derby, ponytail contest and smile contest.

August 16 -- Park District Conservation Day
Members of more than 45 Park Districts from throughout Illinois entertain fairgoers across the grounds and host activities in Conservation World.

August 17 -- Family Day
The general admission price is lowered to $3 per person to encourage more families to enjoy the last day of the fair.


Link to the State of IllinoisLink to the Illinois Department of AgricultureLink to the DuQuoin State FairLink to the Illinois County FairsLink to the Internation Association of Fairs and Expositions

Emmerson Building, 801 E. Sangamon Ave, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19427, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9427
217/782-6661 (Voice), 217/524-6858 (TDD), 217/782-9115 (Fax),