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Simon announces 2013 State Fair schedule 

 
Events include Loose Gravel performance, agriculture awards  

SPRINGFIELD – August 8, 2013. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today announced her plans for the 2013 Illinois State Fair, which include the third annual appearance of her band, Loose Gravel, and an award ceremony honoring centennial farm families from Illinois. 

Visitors to the Lt. Governor's tent can donate a phone to benefit domestic violence victims, take a no-texting-while-driving pledge and pose in a photo booth that commemorates past Lt. Governors. The tent's theme is “Lt. Governors Answer Your Call.” 

“The Illinois State Fair is a wonderful celebration of the things that make Illinois a great place to work and live, from our rich agricultural history, to local foods and music,” said Simon. “My family and I have enjoyed the fair for many years, and I hope many other Illinois families will do the same.”  

On Governor’s Day, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and Loose Gravel will perform at the Miller Lite tent from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Carbondale-based blues band debuted at state fair two years ago and is the only group fronted by a constitutional officer to perform.          

On Agriculture Day, Simon will celebrate Illinois’ rich agricultural heritage by presenting the Ag Day Awards to families who have farmed in the state for at least 100 years. A resident of southern Illinois, Simon is chair of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council, an advocate for agriculture education, and has relatives who have farmed for a century near Steeleville.  

Throughout the 10-day event, Simon is encouraging visitors to her tent to bring used cell phones, which will be refurbished and donated to survivors of domestic violence. Visitors will also be able to join Simon in taking the “It Can Wait” pledge to not text while driving. In addition, visitors to her tent can learn a bit of Lt. Governor history and pose with portraits of those who have held the office.

Lt. Governor Simon’s tent is located at the intersection of Main Street and Brian Raney Avenue, across from the Emmerson Building and will be open Friday, Aug. 9 to Sunday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  

SIMON'S STATE FAIR SCHEDULE
EVENT: Ag Day Awards
DATE: Tuesday, August 13
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Director’s Lawn, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield

EVENT: Loose Gravel performance
DATE: Wednesday, August 14
TIME: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Miller Lite tent, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield