SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Looking for a unique gift to stuff in a child’s stocking this holiday season? Illinois State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick suggests parents and grandparents consider an Illinois State Fair Mega Pass, which can be purchased for just $45 during a special holiday promotion.
The Mega Pass is a ticket to the more than 100 Carnival Midway and Adventure Village rides at the 2008 Illinois State Fair, including the popular Mega Drop, which sends riders on a 130-foot plunge straight to the ground, and Turbo Force, which features two cars of passengers that flip upside down and spin around as the ride completes a full revolution. Youngsters can ride them as often as they like, whenever they like, all ten days of the fair as well as Preview Night!
“The Mega Pass is a great gift idea for fairgoers who enjoy carnival rides,” Bliefnick said. “And, for the reduced price of $45, it’s also a great bargain, especially for youngsters who will attend the fair more than one day.”
The Mega Pass Holiday Special begins Thursday, Nov. 15, and also includes a free, Illinois State Fair lanyard for each pass purchased through Dec. 21. The $45 price represents a $15 savings compared to the cost of the pass during the fair.
Mega Passes can be purchased during the promotion either in person at the Emmerson Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, by telephone, by internet at www.illinoisstatefair.info or through the mail.
The Emmerson Building, located on Main Street north of Ethnic Village, is open weekdays, except holidays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number there is (217) 785-3482. Mail order forms are available on the Illinois State Fair website.
The pass is not valid for admission to the fairgrounds or rides on the Skyglider and Giant Slide.
The dates of the 2008 Illinois State Fair are Aug. 8-17. Preview Night is Aug. 7.