State Fairs Re-New Focus on Illinois Agriculture

 Newly-appointed State Fair Director looks forward to return to farm themes.  Patrick Buchen, the director of the state fairs held each summer in Du Quoin and Springfield, Illinois, called for the two fairs to renew their historic identities as promoters of Illinois agriculture.  The fairs include events in which competitors submit live animals and a variety of agricultural products and crafts for judging.  Many of the entrants are Illinois young people.

Announcing its 2015 theme, “Growing Illinois,” the State Fair and its new director thickened the status of plans for their annual festivals.  The Illinois State Fair in Springfield, with its 162-year-long history, will be held on August 13 through August 23.  The DuQuoin Fair, which has been held for 92 years in Southern Illinois, will be celebrated on August 28 through September 7.  Music, carnival rides, ballroom events, and festival food will be enjoyed at both fairs.   

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