Each year, the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade marches proudly through Springfield, announcing the ten day annual showcase of Illinois Agriculture and unique entertainment. This year, the gates open at 7:00 a.m. with the parade beginning on August 9th at 5:30 p.m. The parade will step-off from the southeast corner of the Nelson Park loop, located in Lincoln Park on Springfield's north end. From there, the parade will travel north to Sangamon Avenue. It will then trek east down Sangamon Avenue and turn left into the Main Gate of the fairgrounds. The parade then will follow Main Street through the fairgrounds to Grandstand Avenue before concluding at the north end of the Grandstand. Awards will be presented after the parade to the best entries at the Pork Pavilion.
Admission to the fairgrounds is $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 Seniors and Children ages 12 and under are free on Preview Night. All carnival rides, including those in Adventure Village, will be open by 5:00 p.m. and offered at a discounted price.
Become a Part of the Parade
There is something for both young and old in the parade – from marchers to riders on horseback and you too can be a part of the fun. The Illinois State Fair is looking for groups who are interested in participating in the parade. This year's theme is: "Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years of Amazing". Participation details and forms are available below. To view these you will need acrobat reader installed on your machine. Right click on the appropriate link to save the document to your computer.