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Simon announces 2013 Du Quoin State Fair tent 

Lt. Gov. providing easy, helpful ways to give back to the community

DU QUOIN – August 22, 2013. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today announced that fairgoers will be able to donate old phones to benefit domestic violence victims, pose in a photo booth commemorating past Lt. Governors and take a no-texting-while-driving pledge at her tent this year at the Du Quoin State Fair.

“The Du Quoin State Fair is a fantastic opportunity to experience the many things that make our state great,” said Simon. “Whether you are looking to sample some excellent Illinois products or enjoy family-friendly fun, the fair has something for everyone.”

Simon is encouraging visitors to her tent to bring used cell phones, which will be refurbished and donated to survivors of domestic violence. Attendees 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.

Simon is also urging fair attendees to participate with her in a blood drive from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 in the First Heat Building. This will mark the third year Simon's office has joined efforts to collect lifesaving blood donations from local residents.

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Du Quoin State Fair will also include: livestock shows, harness racing, car shows, daily entertainment, agricultural exhibits, two carnival midways, and much more. For more information on the fair call 618-542-1515.

Lt. Governor Simon’s tent is located in front of the main entrance to the grandstand and will be open Friday, Aug. 23 to Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends.