SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials say the deadline for entries to participate in the parade that opens the Illinois State Fair is approaching.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair is cutting the cost of daily admission in half for adults attending in August on Sunday through Thursday.
Karaoke contest returning to Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair karaoke contest is returning this summer, and the winner will get to perform on the fair's biggest stage.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former state employee who oversaw the Illinois State Fair in 2016 and 2017 is returning to manage the event.
John Sullivan, interim state Agriculture director,...
Kevin Gordon, "Tilt & Shine" (Crowville Media)
It's no longer necessary to think of Kevin Gordon as an undiscovered gem now that he's been written up in the New York Times and Rolling Stone.
Still, it's fair to say he's been delivering earthy, literary music for years without breaking past the need to crowd-source his records or hawk them from the stage of some East Nashville nightclub.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair has a new manager.
Luke Sailer of Chatham was appointed the Department of Agriculture's Division Manager of Fair and Promotional Services. He previously was assistant Illinois State Fair manager. In addition to the state fair in Springfield, the division manages the Du Quoin State Fair, county fairs and horse racing.
The 25-year-old Carmi native succeeds Kevin Gordon, who retired after leading the fair in 2016 and 2017.
TRUMBULL — Two men face narcotics charges after they were arrested Friday at the Westfield Trumbull mall, Lt. Keith Golding said.
Plainclothes officers witnessed a drug transaction around 3:15 p.m. near the mall’s food court. The officers were there for an unrelated investigation, Golding said, when they saw the sale. The officers alerted uniformed officers to the sale and they responded to the scene to make the arrests.
Illinois State Fair manager, 3rd in 3 years, stepping down
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon is retiring at the end of the month.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the 56-year-old Gordon is finishing a 29-year career with the state. He has been with the Illinois State Fair for 17 years.
A cappella group brings most revenue for Illinois fair shows
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Ticket revenue at this year's Illinois State Fair Grandstand fell just short of the record $2.08 million sold in 2016.
More than 59,000 Grandstand tickets were sold, up from more than 58,500 in 2016.
Illinois State Fair attendance up from rain-soaked 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials say attendance at the Illinois State Fair this year improved by more than 15 percent from the rain-soaked 2016 event.
Illinois State Fair Grandstand sets record sales
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Fair Grandstand officials say this year's fair surpassed a record-setting number of guests in 2016 with help from its music lineup.
More than 58,800 people bought tickets for the Grandstand, up from 58,540 in 2016,The State Journal-Register reported . The previous high was nearly 57,800 in 1999.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Grand marshals for the 2017 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade will be three families of long-time fair vendors.
State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon announced Tuesday that the Vose, Cullers and Coleman families will be honored at the introductory parade.
The Illinois State Fair opens Thursday and runs through Aug. 20.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Deadlines to enter various competitions are quickly approaching for this year's Illinois State Fair.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Visitors to this year's Illinois State Fair will be able to buy tickets and parking passes online and have the tickets scanned at the gate on their mobile phone.
State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon announced the changes Friday. He says "technology is allowing the Illinois State Fair to evolve." Gordon says he hopes it's an added convenience for fairgoers.
People who buy tickets online will also have the option to print tickets at home.
Illinois State Fair has new theme, logo
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair has a new logo and a new theme.
Illinois State Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe and State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon revealed the new logo in a press release. The logo features the word 'Illinois' in black letters, the words 'State Fair' in bright red letters and a 2017 blue ribbon above the words of the theme: Generations of Fun!