The Illinois State Honest begins August 12th
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Milkshakes, music and everything fried!
Many families and friends will be heading to Springfield next month. The Illinois State Fair is officially returning August 12-22. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers canceled the annual event last year.
It was Wednesday 90 and sunny in Springfield, it almost felt like August and the return of summer fun to the fairgrounds. 2021 is also the 100th anniversary of the butter cow, so many people want to visit the dairy building.
It was much quieter on the Landesfestplatz last year, but there was a lot of work behind the scenes. Crews were working on a partial roof for the Illinois Building auditorium. They also completed a new roof for the Expo building. They are also building a 27,000 square meter asphalt area for the Ministry of Agriculture’s campground. Exhibition Manager Kevin Gordon says this will host more educational and interactive exhibitions.
But don’t forget the food and the rides. Gordon says his staff have been watching the success of other shows around the country to see what to expect when the Illinois event kicks off next month.
“What we see is increasing visitor numbers, carnival income and everything related to the fair, which is wonderful. I think that suggests that people are obviously ready to leave the house, ”said Gordon.
He noted that ticket sales are also doing well for the Grandstand concerts with Toby Keith, Brett Michaels and the I Love the 90’s Tour, among others.
People don’t need to check their temperature at the gates, and no masks are needed. However, Gordon does encourage unvaccinated adults and anyone under the age of 12 to wear masks.
“That could change too. We are administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health and also by Sangamon County. We will enforce any weakening or security rules that apply at this point in time to the best of our ability. We will see to it that this happens, ”added Gordon.
The site and the construction teams are working hard to have everything ready in time for the guests.
“You will of course be out here every single day of the fair to ensure that the heavily touched areas are cleaned regularly. It will be a very safe place for our trade show visitors to come out this year, ”said Gordon.
Mother Road fans will enjoy a new Route 66 experience in the Gate 2 area. It will replace the popular interactive children’s zone “Farmer’s Little Helpers”. The new space will tell the story of Route 66 and show a map of the freeway along the fence line.
Also this year people can enjoy a STEAM Expo with the latest technology. Gordon stated that the exhibition will feature esports and robotics competitions. He said many will also enjoy the drone race scheduled for August 20.
The Department of Agriculture also hopes to hire 600 people for the Springfield and DuQuoin state shows. Employees are needed for maintenance, customer service, ticket sales and security, among other things. Seasonal workers make $ 11 an hour.
Interested parties can find the application here.