Illinois State Fair | Veterans Day
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Veterans Day

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Sunday, August 16

Veterans and their families are admitted to the grounds for free. A veterans parade and activities are some of the highlights for the day. Discounted ride passes for families of military veterans.


  • Open Steer, Beef Shows
  • Draft Horse Show
  • Sheep Shearing Contest
  • Husband/Hog Calling Contest
  • Justin Moore w/ Jon Pardi & Josh Thompson
  • Veteran's Day Activities at Lincoln Stage
    sponored by usaa
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair
    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Memorial Service
    11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Special Performance - Sound Celebration
    12:00 p.m. Official Program
    1:00 p.m. Lunch served
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment - Patt Holt Singers
    3:30 p.m. Parade line up at Gate 3 near the Fire Station
    4:00 p.m. Parade begins


Apex Stage
1:30 pmCadillac West
5 pmHeadin West
Artisans Building
10 am-10 pmIllinois Wine Experience
8 amDraft Horse Halter Classes
7 pmIllinois Owned Team, Haflinger Team, Draft Horse Gelding -6
Ethnic Village Stage
2 pmSpringfield International Folk Dancers
7:30 pmJustin Moore w/ Jon Pardi & Josh Thompson
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
9 amLutheran Church Services
10:30 amChurch of Christ Services
12 pmTroupe Zahava
1:30 pmLotusFire Belly Dancing
3 pmGymnastics & Cheer Zone
6 pmDance Solo and Dance Group Contest
Illinois Building Lawn
11 amLooking for Lincoln: Meet a Civil War Soldier
11:45 amLooking for Lincoln: Ask Abe Anything
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
Kids Korner
11 amDePriest Puppets
11:30 amKim Petzing - Storyteller
12 pmThe Rockin Rob Show
12:30 pmKim Petzing - Storyteller
1 pmDePriest Puppets
1:30 pmThe Rockin Rob Show
2 pmKim Petzing - Storyteller
2:30 pmThe Rockin Rob Show
3 pmDePriest Puppets
3:30 pmSunshyne the Clown & Tim the Twister
4 pmThe Rockin Rob Show
4:30 pmSunshyne the Clown & Tim the Twister
5 pmDePriest Puppets
5:30 pmThe Rockin Rob Show
Lincoln Stage
10 am-4 pmVeterans Day Activities
3:30 pmHusband and Hog Calling Contest
5:30 pmDon Smith Band
Livestock Center
8 amSimmental Show
8:30 amOpen Steer Show
2 pmLimousin Show
Roving Entertainment
4 pmLand of Lincoln Chorus
Sheep Barn
8 amBoer Goats (Wethers)
8 amSheep Wether Show
Swine Barn
8 amBarrows Swine Show
The Shed
12 pmSugar Rush
3 pmPeach's Beach Party