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August 14, 2011

The Illinois State Fair Offers Affordable Entertainment For The Entire Family

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Fair offers families food, fun and an affordable way to spend the day together. It has 14 stages of free entertainment this year. The acts include everything from music and magic to competitions and demonstrations.   

“One of the things I love about the Illinois State Fair is that it offers families a chance to have a great time together without spending lots of money,” Illinois State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick said.  “In addition to the free stages, there also are other entertainment options, such as Farmer’s Little Helper, the Ag Tent and Watershed Park that offer families fun, educational, hands-on activities for free.”

The Illinois State Fair showcases an array of specialty shows with performances for all ages.  Attractions include the Amazing Rainforest, Pet Overboard and Big Aerial Show, which are located in “The Jungle.”  Families can even take in a free Grandstand show Monday, Aug. 15, when the Illinois Symphony performs with the Million Dollar Quartet.   

The Illinois State Fair for the first time this year is offering $25 carnival Bargain Bracelets.  The bracelets allow fairgoers to ride the Midway and Adventure Village rides as many times as they like during specified hours. 

For more information on all that is happening during the 2011 Illinois State Fair, visit www.illinoisstatefair.info


Winners of the Fiddle and Banjo Contest and Talent Contest for Group Vocal, Male Vocal Solo and Keyboard or Instrumental performance have been announced.   The results follow:

Fiddle – 16 and Under
1.      Scott Daniel, Oak Park
2.      Paige Johnson, Evansville
3.      Dante Freund, Mansfield
4.      Arden Hooper, Wheaton
5.      Stella Faux, Urbana
Fiddle – 17-59 Years
1.      Jennifer Wisehart, Whittington
2.      Robin Kearton, Urbana
3.      Brittany Johnson, Urbana
4.      Chelsea Perkinson, Fayetteville
5.      Jonathan Field, Springfield
Fiddle – 60 and Up
1.      Jerry Myers, Mattoon
2.      Mike Casey, Cicero
3.      Richard Harness, Fulton, MO
4.      Chuck Perkins, Augusta
Banjo – 16 and Under
1.      Nicole Warnecke, New Athens
2.      Paige Johnson, Evansville
3.      Ben Politte, High Ridge, MO
4.      Rebecca King, Monticello
Banjo – 17-59 Years
1.      Doug Knecht, Roanoke
2.      Tom Faux, Urbana
3.      Kyle Kieszling, Latham
4.      Justin Robbins, Hillsboro, MO
5.      Darrell Hooper, Wheaton
Banjo – 60 and Up
1.      Jim Herzing, Woodlawn
2.      Mike Casey, Cicero
3.      Jerry Myers, Mattoon
4.      Chuck Perkins, Augusta
Group Vocal – 13-18 Years
1.      The Pickin’ Chicks, New Athens
2.      Kayla Sallenger and Kerry McMahon, Chatham
Male Vocal Solo – 12 and Under
1.      Justin Brandon, Pleasant Plains
2.      Paul Schrieber, Jacksonville
Male Vocal Solo – 13-18 Years
1.      Christopher Simmons, Marion
2.      Cody Salem, Pekin
3.      Keyboard & Instrumental/ 12 and Under
4.      Olivia Bolles, Bloomington
5.      Miles Ralph, Springfield
Keyboard/ Instrumental – 13-18 Years
1.      Joey Unger, Bloomington
2.      Anna Ferraro, Jacksonville


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