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Western Horse Show Schedule

WESTERN HORSE SHOW SCHEDULE
July 8, 9, 11 - 19

  Junior Horse Show Schedule

JUNIOR HORSE SHOW SCHEDULE
July 22 - 27

DEADLINES APPROACHING FOR 2014 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR COMPETITIONS
Entry deadlines for various competitions are listed in the table below. If the deadline falls on a weekend, all entries postmarked by the following Monday will be accepted.

Competition

Entry Deadline

Livestock (except Poultry and Rabbits)

July 1

Rabbits and Poultry

July 10

General Entries (except Floriculture, Blue Ribbon, Dairy Products, Bee Culture)

July 15

Floriculture (except Horticulture-Roses)

Aug. 1

Horticulture (Roses)

Aug. 9, 9 a.m.

Blue Ribbon Culinary

Recipes due by June 15

Dairy Products

Aug. 7, 12 p.m.

Bee Culture-Professional

Aug. 8

Bee Culture-Open

Until judging begins

Robin ThickeMULTI-PLATINUM R&B ARTIST ROBIN THICKE TO PERFORM AT 2014 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR
The R&B superstar, best known for his songs "Love After War" and "Blurred Lines," will perform at the Grandstand on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale Friday, June 13, at 10 a.m.  They can be purchased through Ticketmaster either online (www.ticketmaster.com), by phone (800-745-3000), or in person at participating Ticketmaster outlets. 

In addition, the Grandstand Box Office will take phone orders for tickets beginning June 13.  The box office can be reached at (217) 782-1979.

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Megapass sale only $65 thru July 27 2014 MEGA PASS SALE
January 1 thru July 27 - ONLY $65
July 28 thru August 16 - $75

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Order Online or Through the Mail or by phone (217)782-0775 or by visiting the Emmerson Building on the IL State Fairgrounds.

SEEKING PERFORMERSPerformers wanted
Thank You for all the 2014 Free Stage Entertainment Applications. At this time, we have stopped accepting them for this year's Illinois State Fair, but, if you are interested in performing at the 2015 Fair, please check back here in early October

 
 

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2003

THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR SHOWCASES LIVESTOCK AT SALE OF CHAMPIONS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed a bill and participated in the bidding at the 2003 Sale of Champions today to celebrate Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair.

The Agricultural Production Contract Code, Illinois first law designed specifically to protect the states growing number of contract farmers, was signed by the governor during a noon rally. The code specifies provisions that must be met in production contracts between farmers and agriculture companies, including a requirement that contracts be written in plain language using commonly understood terms. It also eliminates fine print, stipulating that contracts be printed in at least 10-point type, and restricts agricultural companies ability to unilaterally terminate farmers contracts.

Tuesday evening, Governor Blagojevich and Agriculture Director Charles Chuck Hartke worked the crowd gathered in the Livestock Center for the Sale of Champions to increase bidding for the fairs prize-winning commodities and livestock. Livestock auction proceeds reward not only the hard work of the junior producer, who receives 80 percent of the sales price, but also 4-H and FFA, which equally divide the remaining 20 percent.

The sale of the Grand Champion Steer was the highlight, as it was again auctioned off twice. Friends and Believers of Jr. Market Livestock Expo, Drs. Jamie and Valerie Nesselrod, DMA Angus Cattle Co. and Mark Ray and Family, BBC, first bought the steer for $21,500.

They then donated the champion animal so it could be auctioned a second time to benefit the Orion Samuelson Scholarship Foundation, Illinois 4-H and the Illinois FFA Foundation. In the second auction, the steer garnered an additional $15,000 from Michael Kilander and family, Doug Klink and family, Jeff Hellman and family, Sean OConnor and family, Steve Dauby and family and Governor Blagojevich. The steer, shown by Brad Moritz of Buckingham, Ill., originally was the reserve grand champion, but was entered in the sale after the former grand champion was disqualified for violating the Junior Steer Shows drug policy. Moritz learned his steer would be sold a few hours before auction after appeals of the disqualification were denied.

The auction began with the sale of Tari Rogganbucks Rabbit Pen Trio. Fred and Jill Nessler, Larry and Ann Breon and Lyle and Cathy Flack purchased the Bonfield girls rabbits for $3,750 and then gave them to the governors seven year-old daughter, Amy.

The McDonalds Corporation purchased the Grand Champion Barrow, bred by David Schuler of Lexington, Ill., for $16,500.

The Grand Champion Wether sold for $7,750. Blomsness-Thebault purchased it from Heather Alexander of La Prairie, who made her second straight appearance in the pen at the Sale of Champions, having shown last years Grand Champion wether as well.

The Poultry Pen Trio, owned by Kaleb Gordon of Lincoln, Ill., attracted a winning bid of $1,500 from Narmont Law, Poes Catering and Coliseum Corner.

The 2003 Commodities Auction preceded the Governors Sale of Champions. The Grand Champion Pepper Cheese, shown by Harley Swan of Claremore, Okla., was sold for a record $750 to George Obernagel, $225 more than the previous record.

The Doe of Show milk set a record of a new kind when it was sold an unprecedented three times. Shown by Lee Bergfield of Bellflower, Ill., the milk was bought for $325 by Illinois State Auctioneers and Farm Credit Services. They then donated it to be auctioned again, and it was bought for $325 by Lynn Carey and Mike Crabtree. Carey and Crabtree promptly returned the milk to be sold for a third time, and Bellflower Feedmills, Evergreen FS, Parkland Ag Club and Allen Farm acquired it for $300. The proceeds from the second and third auctions will be divided equally between Illinois 4-H and Illinois FFA.

Chuck and Kathy Bloomberg purchased the Best of Show Wine from Mackinaw Valley Vineyard for $700.

The Grand Champion Honey, exhibited by Leo Spicer of Pleasant Plains, was purchased for $450 by WGN radio personality and Sale of Champions emcee Orion Samuelson. Illinois Farmers Union purchased the Grand Champion Colby Cheddar, provided by Bob Linley of Walnut, for $600.

Lori Kissner of Green Bay, Wis., exhibited the Grand Champion Aged Cheddar, which was sold for $650 to Bobby Easter and Richard Herman. Earl Sorrells of Sorrells Farm Supply purchased the Grand Champion Ham for $750 from Lena Maid Meats of Lena, Ill.

The Grand Champion Processed Beef, exhibited by Eickmans Processing Co. of Seward, Ill., earned $450 on a bid from the Illinois Association of Meat Processors. The Grand Champion Bacon, exhibited by Behrmanns Processing Co. of Albers, Ill., was purchased for $550 by Corporation Training Center and Truckers Homestead Restaurant.

The auctioneers for the Commodities Auction and Governors Sale of Champions included Michael Hobbes of Murphysboro, Tuesdays winner of the Auctioneers Bid Calling Contest.

DAILY RESULTS FOR TUESDAY, AUG. 12
AGRICULTURE DAY

Southdown Sheep
Ram Grand Champion Cole Meisenheimer Palmyra, IL
Ram Reserve Champion Ericka Hoffman Mackinaw, IL
 
Ewe Grand Champion
Cole Meisenheimer Palmyra, IL
Ewe Reserve Champion Rachel Mullivan St. Joe, IL
 
LaMancha Goats
Doe Grand Champion Carolyn Kirwan Ivesdale, IL
Doe Reserve Champion Eddie Jodlowski Atlanta, IL
 
Hampshire Swine
Barrow Champion Katy Bobell Elkhart, IL
Barrow Reserve Champion Ryan Tiarks Onarga, IL
 
Cutest Little Farmer
 
Boys 2-3
1st Place Zach Richmond
2nd Place Hunter Woods
3rd Place Gabriel Stevens
 
Boys 4-5
1st Place Oaklee Ridge
2nd Place Keith Steele
3rd Place C.J. Burris
 
Boys 6-7
1st Place Sammy Trig
2nd Place Nick Sinclair
3rd Place Griffin Kopecky
 
Boys 10
1st Place W. William Bater
 
Girls 2-3
1st Place Velauna Herman
2nd Place Kaelee Doyer
3rd Place Jessie Schneider
 
Girls 4-5
1st Place Randallynn Smith
2nd Place Hayley Cole
3rd Place Baile Brinkman
 
Girls 6-7
1st Place Atlanta Banteu
2nd Place Julia Dierker
 
Girls 8-9
1st Place Samantha Senton
2nd Place Dylan Hewell
 
Chocolate Champion Contest
1st Place Laura Carroll Athens, IL
2nd Place Shirley Casfles Springfield, IL
3rd Place Pat Nelson Vermont, IL
 
Hampshire Sheep
 
Ram
Grand Champion Edward Niemeier Edwardsville, Ill.
Reserve Grand Champion Richard Crome Charleston, Ill.
 
Ewe
Grand Champion Plaza Hampshires c/o Brad Payne Plano, Ill.
Reserve Grand Champion Plaza Hampshires c/o Brad Payne Plano, Ill.
 
Alpine Goats
Grand Champion Ed Jodlowski Atlanta, Ill.
Reserve Grand Champion Jonathan Lawyer Toledo, Ill.
 

HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13
GOVERNOR'S DAY

8 a.m. Ayrshire Dairy Cattle Show
Livestock Center
8 a.m. Spotted Swine Show
Swine Barn
8 a.m. Yorkshire Swine Show
Swine Barn
9 a.m. Nubian and Recorded Goats
Goat Barn
9 a.m. Suffolk Sheep Show
Sheep Barn
9 a.m. Junior Dairy Show
Junior Livestock Building
1 p.m. Montadale Sheep Show
Sheep Barn
1 p.m. Milking Shorthorn Dairy Cattle Show
Livestock Center
4 p.m. Elvis Extravaganza
Multi Purpose Arena
6 p.m. Dorset Sheep Show
Sheep Barn
6 p.m. Dance Group Talent Contest
Illinois Building
7 p.m. Society Horse Show
Coliseum
7:30 p.m. Superior Young Dairy Producer
Livestock Center
8 p.m. AN EVENING WITH BOSTON
Grandstand

For more information about the Illinois State Fair, visit the fair website at www.illinoisstatefair.info. The Fair runs through Aug. 17 in Springfield.

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