The Illinois State Fair, a tradition dating back to 1853, will get under way Aug. 11 in Springfield. The 11- day event, which emphasizes Illinois’ rich agriculture, will see hundreds of thousands of people from across the state walk through the gates.
New this year for fairgoers is a free mobile phone app, which gives visitors access to deals and discounts during the fair. The app also allows fairgoers to purchase tickets to concerts and other events; displays the daily schedule of events and winners of competitions; and helps visitors find fair food staples like alligator on a stick, elephant ears, or corn dogs.
The app is available through the Google Play store for Android devices and the iTunes App Store for Apple devices.
Tickets to the fair cost $10 for adults (ages 13-59), $3 for seniors (ages 60 and older), and free for children (ages 0-12).
For more information on the daily schedule of events, Grandstand lineup, livestock shows, special ticket price days, and much more, visit the Illinois State Fair website.