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Illinois State Fair 2016 Daily Schedule
    August 11 - 21, 2016 - Springfield, Illinois

Illinois State Fair 2016 - Daily Promotions and Special Day's

August 11, 2016 - Thursday - Preview Night
Unofficial start of the fair with the twilight parade and discounted carnival rides. The Twilight Parade starts at 5:30 pm. from 9th Street and North Grand Avenue to the Grandstand.

August 12, 2016 - Friday - County Fairs and Horse Racing
More than 70 county fair queens and 105 fairs and expositions from across the state are represented at the fair on opening day. This is also the 1st day of harness racing at the fairís 1-mile dirt track - the fastest in the world.

August 13, 2016 - Saturday - First Responders Day
Honoring policemen, firemen, and EMTs who are on the front lines everyday. First responders will receive special discounts from select Vendors and Concessionaires.



August 14, 2016 - Sunday - 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. Discounted ride passes for families of military veterans.

August 15, 2016 - Monday - 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 16, 2016 - Tuesday - Agriculture Day
Illinois agriculture, 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 Governorís Sale of Champions, and the best of Illinois processed foods are auctioned at the Commodity Auction.

August 17, 2016 - Wednesday - Governorís Day
The Governor host's special guests, including former Illinois Governors.



August 18, 2016 - Thursday - Democrat Day
Illinois Democrats host special guests on this day.

August 19, 2016 - Friday - 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, and ponytail contest.

August 20, 2016 - Saturday - Park District Conservation Day
Members of more than 45 Park Districts throughout Illinois entertain fairgoers across the grounds and host activities in Conservation World.

August 21, 2016 - Sunday - Family Day
The general admission price is lowered to $5 per adult and $2 per senior to encourage more families to enjoy the last day of the fair.



Illinois State Fair 2016 Daily Schedules

Friday - August 12, 2016

Saturday - August 13, 2016

Sunday - August 14, 2016

Monday - August 15, 2016

Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Saturday - August 20, 2016

Sunday - August 21, 2016


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