Illinois State Fair | Preview Night - Illinois State Fair
This is the unofficial start of the Illinois State Fair with the twilight parade and discounted carnival rides. The Twilight Parade starts at 6:00 pm from 9th Street and North Grand Avenue to the Grandstand. You won’t want to miss the spectacle and pageantry of the Twilight Parade.
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Preview Night

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Thursday, August 7

This is the unofficial start of the fair with the twilight parade and discounted carnival rides. The Twilight Parade starts at 6:00 pm from 9th Street and North Grand Avenue to the Grandstand. You won't want to miss the spectacle and pageantry of the Twilight Parade.

Highlights

Twilight parade starts at 6pm from the corner of 9th and North Grand Ave and continues to Grandstand Ave

  • Junior Beef and Heifer Showmanship
  • Superior Young Producers Contest
  • Society Horse Show
  • Twilight Parade
  • Discount Carnival Rides


Budweiser True Music Tent
7:45 pmBig Daddy Jasper
Coliseum
6:30 pmSociety Horse Show-American Saddlebred & Ponies
Conservation World
11 amBlacksmith John Massey
11 am-7 pmChainsaw Carving Demonstrations
11 am-7 pmDiscovery Tent; American Chemical Society
11 amDivision of Education Tent: Monarch Mania
11 am-7 pmDivision of Fisheries Tent
11 am-7 pmDivision of Natural Heritage and Wildlife Tent
11 am-7 pmDivision of Resource Conservation Tent
11 am-7 pmDo It Yourself Tie Dye
11 amFishing Pond- Casting Clinic
11 am-7 pmGandy Dancer Pedal Train
11 am-7 pmIllinois EPA
11 am-7 pmIllinois Green Industry Association Info Center
11 am-6 pmIllinois Humane
11 amKids Fishing Clinics
11 am-7 pmKids Tattoos and Face Painting
11 am-7 pmKids Tattoos, Face Painting, and Airbrush Art
11 am-7 pmLaw Enforcement Tent
11 am-7 pmMobile Nursery/The Baby Cafe
11 am-7 pmRock Climbing Wall
11 amSee Smokey Bear
11 am-7 pmSportsmen Area
11 am-7 pmSportsmens Against Hunger Tent (SAH)/ Info Tent
11 am-6:30 pmYouth 3D Archery
11 amyouth activities
11 am-6:30 pmYouth BB Gun Range
11:30 amChris Camp - Whip Guy
11:30 amGreen Acres Sportsmens Club
12 pmFishing Pond - Casting Clinic
12 pmKids Fishing Clinics
1 pmUltimate Air Dogs
1:30 pmFishing Pond- Casting Clinic
1:30 pmKids Fishing Clinics
2 pmGreen Acres Sportsmens Club
2:30 pmChris Camp - Whip Guy
3 pmFishing Pond - Casting Clinic
3 pmKids Fishing Clinics
4 pmChris Camp - Whip Guy
4 pmFishing Pond - Casting Clinic
4 pmGreen Acres Sportsmens Club
4:30 pmKids Fishing Clinics
5 pmUltimate Air Dogs
Coors Light Tent
7-11 pmKung Fu Dynamite
Junior Livestock Building
8 amJr. Beef Cattle- Performance Cow
9 amJr. Beef Cattle- Heifers-AOB, Charolais, % Simmental, Chianina, Limousin, Maine Anjou, and any other minor breed not shown on Friday
1 pmJr. Beef Cattle- Showmanship
6 pmJr. Meat Goats- Meat Goat Wethers
Miller Lite Beer Tent
6-8 pmCaptain Geech & The Shrimp Shack Shooters
9 pmBrushville
Orr Building
11 amJr, Poultry- Poultry Judging
Swine Barn
3 pmJr. Swine Showmanship