Illinois State Fair Today: 8/9/2018

(Photo By Flickr User Randy von Liski)


The pre-opening of the 166th Annual Illinois State Fair begins today at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL!

Preview Night will feature the twilight parade, discounted carnival rides (Carnival Midway and Adventure Village will be open late Thursday afternoon following a complete ride inspection), and a FREE concert in the Grandstand.

Here’s a sneak peak at what’s happening at the fair on today:

Preview Night

Highlights for today:


-State Fair Ribbon Cutting

-Junior Poultry Shows

-Society Horse Show

-Twilight Parade (begins at 5:30pm; Parade Route: from Lincoln Park)

-Discount Carnival Rides

-FREE Grandstand Concert (The Rising Star Stage)

Weather: A mix of sun & clouds, Hi-91; Clear, Lo-67

Remember, for more Illinois State Fair information, log on to or give them a call at 217-782-6661, right now!