SPRINGFIELD – August 13, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today officially opened the 2010 Illinois State Fair, “The Cream of the Crop.” Today’s ribbon cutting at the fair’s main gate marks the start of the 10-day celebration that features food, racing, music, carnival rides and a wide variety of family-friendly activities.
“The state fair has something for everyone, whether you are young or just young at heart. Visitors to the fair can take in entertainment, see the finest Illinois livestock, visit the carnival, or just enjoy the many tasty treats lining the streets of the fairgrounds,” said Governor Quinn. “I hope everyone takes time to experience everything the state fair has to offer.”
The state fair began 157 years ago as a way for Illinois farmers to showcase their labor. The fair continues to feature Illinois livestock, as well as produce and other Illinois products at the Farmers Market Tent. Visitors can also enjoy auto racing, horse shows and harness racing, in addition to carnival rides.
Along with the Grandstand concert lineup, the fair also features a wide variety of free entertainment – from high diving to musical acts – on 15 stages throughout the fairgrounds. Also this year, the Chicago cast of the highly-acclaimed Million Dollar Quartet will give a free performance at the Grandstand. The Broadway musical is based on the recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Fairgoers will also have the opportunity to learn about state government and state programs. Many of the state’s agencies and departments, as well as other constitutional officers, will have tents at the fair where people can obtain information about state services and programs.
Governor Quinn also cut the ribbon on the Governor’s Tent at the fair today, officially opening the tent to fairgoers. The tent features displays to educate visitors about Governor Quinn’s programs and initiatives aimed at creating and supporting good quality jobs throughout Illinois. The tent is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily during the fair.
For a complete listing of daily activities at the 2010 Illinois State Fair, “The Cream of the Crop,” please visit: www.illinoisstatefair.info or call: (217) 782-6661. The state fair funs from Aug. 13 - 22.