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June 20, 2008

ILLINOIS STATE FAIR TO HONOR SCOUTS
Boy and Girl Scouts to receive free admission and a discount on carnival rides Monday, Aug. 11

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Scouts from across Illinois will be honored at the 2008 Illinois State Fair. State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick today announced Monday, Aug. 11, has been proclaimed as Scout Day at the fair.

Boy and Girl Scouts who wear their uniforms or show their membership cards Aug. 11 will receive free admission to the fair as well as a special, one-day carnival ride pass for $15. The one-day carnival ride pass is good from noon until 11 p.m. that day and also is available to friends and family of scout members.

Scouts will have a chance to earn a participation patch for visiting the Illinois State Fair. Those who are interested in obtaining the patch must register by July 1, 2008; forms are available online at http://www.girlscouts-gsci.org/ or by calling the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois at (217) 523-8159.

The fair's daily exhibits should appeal to the diverse scout crowd, which ranges from toddlers to seniors, said Lynette Nelson, Communications Manager at the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. Some of the sights-to-see include the Swampmaster Show, where the Swampmaster will be handling 200-pound alligators, and the Amazing Rainforest Show featuring more than 20 exotic animals. Both shows will be in The Jungle.

The Gate 2 Area will feature the return of the Dockdogs jumping competition as well as two new attractions: Fishing Frenzy, an interactive display of the great outdoors, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Mobile Unit, a pint-size version of the world-renowned presidential museum in Springfield.

"We are really excited about the attractions at this year's state fair," Nelson said. "These are definitely not things we can see on a daily basis."

Scout Day will mark one of the few times that scouts from across Illinois will be gathered together in one location; usually, scouts organize events within their local council.

"You don't always see (the scouts) in mass numbers like this," Nelson said, adding that Scout Day will compare to the Boy Scout's annual 20-mile Lincoln Trail Hike to Springfield and Girl Scout Day at the Illinois State Capitol.

The scouts in Illinois have had a long-standing tradition dating back to the early 1910s, the same era that the Boy and Girl Scouts of America were formed. Currently, there are 22 Boy Scout councils and 18 Girl Scout councils across the state, with the largest councils having upwards of 50,000 members. Nationally, the scouting organizations combined have over seven million youth members and one million adult members.

For more information on Scout Day, please contact Lynette Nelson at (217) 523-8159. Scout Day will take place on the first Monday of the fair; the state fair runs Aug. 8-17.

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