What's New and Happening

The Illinois State Fair is constantly improving and making additions to our fair to make it more enjoyable for everyone that comes to visit and this year is no different!  Some big events that are new or changing this year include the Parade of Champions and Sale of Champions.  To find out more about these great events click on the Competitions tab and select Governor’s Sale of Champions.


 New items this year

AerusExpo BuildingAerus Legacy Canister, Guardian Air, Guardian Air, Guardian Upright & Canister & Aerus OriginsMerchandise
Affordable ArchesExposition BuildingArch supports for your feet. Selling both Heal +R and Maintain +R arch supports.Merchandise
AKC Agility ChampionchipColiseumAn all breed agility trial. Competitors enter and run four (4) Premier classes (2 PJWW and 2 PSTD) offered over two days to be qualified to win cash prizes.Other
American Business ClubGrandstand avePeanuts, Popcorn, Chips, Beef Jerky, Ice Cream Novelties, Sunflower seeds, Ear Plugs, Ice Tea, Water & drinksFood
Avon with MickieExposition BuildingAvon products - skin care, cosmetics, etc.Merchandise
Baldy's PretzelsGrandstand Avenue - across from the GrandstandRegular & stuffed pretzels. Flavors include: pizza, sweet cream cheese, jalapeno-n-cheese, cheddar cheese filled & reaper pepper.Food
BathPlanet of ChicagoExposition BuildingPromoting bathroom remodeling and renovation.Merchandise
Carolyn Owen SommerArtisans BuildingHandmade original collage art.Merchandise
Chill-N-ReelExposition BuildingChill-N-Reel drink insulators with a built-in handline fishing reel. Merchandise: hats, shirts, stickers.Merchandise
Coliseum CornerCentral AveBreakfast Items, Appetizers, Gyros, Salads, Grilled Sandwiches, Wraps, Specialty Burgers, Corn Dogs, Funnel Cake Fries, Lemon Shake Ups, Ice Cream, Fries, Hot Dogs, Coffe, Iced Mochas & DrinksFood
Combined Veterans AssnEntire GroundsBeer Sales At All The Beer LocationsFood
Corvairs On ParadeHeartland AreaCovair Car DisplayMerchandise
Country FryerGrandstand AveTurkey Legs & DrinksFood
Country FryerIllinois AveDeep Fried Turkey Sandwich, BBQ Turkey Sandwich, Turkey Legs, Cheese on A Stick, Fries, Strawberry Shortcake, Shake ups, Breakfast Items, Corn Dogs, Hot dogs, Ham & Cheese, Cheeseburgers, & DrinksFood
Covairs On ParadeHeartland AreaCovair Car DisplayMerchandise
Cross Harness SupplyRace Horse AreaHarness racing SuppliesMerchandise
Cross Harness SupplyRace Horse AreaHarness Racing SupplyMerchandise
Dino-Roar!ThrillvilleThe Dino-ROAR! Touring experience brings dinosaurs to life, including a growing T-Rex, for an exciting, informative and downright roaring-good time!  This is an educational show that teaches kids fun facts about every dinosaur within the Dino-ROAR! Crew.  Dino-ROAR! Also provides a fossil display which features a variety of hands-on experiences with real and replica fossils.Acts
Direct TvExpo BuildingSales & PromotionMerchandise
Dish NetworkExpo BuildingSales & PromotionMerchandise
Everything Diesel CentralExpo BuildingDistribute Product Coupons, Premium items, Literature and Promotional MaterialsMerchandise
Everything Diesel CentralExpo BuildingDistribute Product Coupons, Premium Items, Literature and Promotional MaterialsMerchandise
Exotic LeatherExpo BuildingLeather Goods, Wallets, Backpacks, Bags, Purses, Fanny Bags, Cellular Accessories, Small Gift Items, BeltsMerchandise
Florida's BestExpo BuildingDiabetic Foot Rub, Migraine headache Buster, Dandruff Shampoo, Peppermint Foot Balm, APR Pain Reliever, Acne Scrub, Hand & Body Moisturizer, Lip-Texx, Puppy Soft CoatMerchandise
Florida's BestExpo BuildingDiabetic Foot Rub, Migraine Headache Buster, Dandruff Shampoo, Peppermint Foot Balm, Apr Pain Reliever, Acne Scrub, Hand & Body Moisturizer, Lip-Texx, Puppy Soft CoatMerchandise
Frahm PromotionExpo BuildingJewelry, CZ Rings, Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Magnetic Jewelry, Jewelry Scarves, Hair Feathers, Headbands, Ginger SnapsMerchandise
Frahm PromotionsExpo BuildingqJewelry, CZ Rings, Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Magnetic Jewelry, Jewelry Scarves, Hair Feathers, Headbands, Ginger SnapsMerchandise
French BoothVillage of CulturesCrepes, Jambon-Beurre, Charcuterie Board, Coq Au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, Orange Glace Pilee, soda and water.Food
German BoothEthnic VillageBratwurst, Schnitzels, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, Red Cabbage, Hot Dogs, Fries, Slushy, Soda, Water, TeaFood
Gift of HopeSenior Center / Illinois BuildingBingoOther
Gift of HopeSenior Center / Illinois BuildingInformational literature on the Gift of Home Tissue & Organ Donor Network. Give-aways: backpack, ink pens, lapel pins, eyeglass cleaner, popsocket, cellphone wallet, t-shirts.Other
Global Frequency TechnologyExposition BuildingFrequency imprinted horse wraps, jewelry and socks. Frequency based laser for pain relief.Merchandise
Granny Franers Homemade NoodlesReisch Pavilion.Chicken n' Noodles or dinner, Haluska or dinner, Texas Beef Tips n' Noodles dinner, Chipotle Pork n' Noodles, combo dinners, Chili, Chile n' Noodle dinner, Texas Prime Brisket dinner, Pasta Salad, Shroom n' Noodles, real Mashed Potatoes, tea, water & drinks.Food
Greentech MFG, Inc.Exposition BuildingCrown Royal outdoor furnaces & boilers.Merchandise
Health AllianceSenior Center / Illinois BuildingInformation about health & wellness, Medicare / Medicare Advantage information. Give-aways: healthy recipes & word searches.Other
Healthy Home StoreExposition BuildingRexair Rainbow Vacuum & air purifier parts / accessories.Merchandise
HidowExpo BuildingElectronic Stimulus Units & AccessoriesMerchandise
Hopewell WineryVillage of CulturesCrepes, Jambon-Beurre, Charcuterie Board, Coq Au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, Orange Glace Pilee, soda & water.Food
IRA ConcessionsCentral AvenueMini Donuts, Cotton Candy, Shaved Ice, water.Food
IRA ConcessionsMain StMini Donuts, Cotton Candy, Shaved Ice, Bottled WaterFood
Jack's Kettle CornCentral AvenueKettle corn.Food
Jan HillArtisans BuildingSeveral different types of water media.Merchandise
Jetpack Flying Water CircusThrillvilleA jet pack is thrust 40-50 feet in the air and talented, aerial daredevil stuntmen perform turns, flips and breath-taking stunts all inside and above a 4’ deep Olympic size poolActs
Julie BrownArtisans BuildingOil paintings.Merchandise
Kathleen GreenwoodArtisan BuildingDemonstrating how to manually draw Islamic geometric designs. Fine art cards with Islamic geometric designs available. August 16th and 17thMerchandise
Kelly's ConcessionMain StreetGyros, Chicken & Veggie Gyros, fresh cut fries, Green Donkey Ears, Baklava, sodas, teas, lemon shake-ups, water.Food
KitencraftExpo BuildingWaterless, Greaseless CookwareMerchandise
L & G ConcessionsCentral AveLight Up Swords, Wands, Hats, Balls, Bubble Blowers, Parasols, Horns, Umbrellas, Ponchos, Balloons, Inflatables, Wonder Toys, Crazy Balls, Tye-Dye T-Shirts, & Dresses, Hippy Hobo Bags,Merchandise
LPICentral AveHot TubsMerchandise
Manna FoodsGrandstand AveFunnel Cakes, Corn Dogs, Deep Fried Oreos, Snickers, Other Cookies/Candy Bars, Lemon Shake Ups, Bottled Water & DrinksFood
Minoan EnterprisesReish PavilionGyros/Chicken & Beef, Grecian Salad, Baklava, Ice Tea & DrinksFood
Minoan EnterprisesReish PavilionPita Melt Chicken Beef or Ham, Falafel Sandwich, Hummus, Spankopita, Chop Salad, Acai Bowl, Ice Tea & DrinksFood
Minoan EnterprisesReisch PavilionPancit, Crab Rangoon, Egg Rolls, Kabobs, Water & DrinksFood
Nathan Bassett Spray MonayIllinois Avenue - across from the carnivalNathan Bassett is known as “Spray Monay – Rattle Can Ninja of the Midwest”.  His spray paint art is a “live performance art” which can be best experienced LIVE as he paints a picture in about 5 minutes while playing energetic music.Acts
Native ArtsGrandstand AveNative American Crafts, Jewelry Made w/ Silver, Semiprecious Stones, Native Shirts & Jackets, Embroidered Bags & Dresses, Dreamcatchers, Native American Flutes & Music, Hand Made Sweaters, Wool Hats, Southwest- T-Shirts, Leather BraceletsMerchandise
Nuthatch Hill BBQIllinois AvePulled BBQ Nachos, BBQ Sandwiches, Pork Chop, The Hill & Urban Cowboy Sandwiches, Macaroni Salad, Chips, Slaw, baked Beans, BBQ Sauce & Rubs, Tea, Water, Drinks and Strawberry Lemonade ShakeupsFood
Pat & MikesColiseum LaneRibeye & Pork Chop Sandwiches, Horseshoes, Corn Dogs, French Fries, Hot dogs, Ice Cream, Cotton Candy, Brats, Burgers, Walleye Sandwich, BBQ Ribs, Cheese on a Stick, Funnel Cake, Lemon Shake Up & DrinksFood
Poe's CateringMulti Purpose ArenaRibeyes, Pork Chops, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Brats, Turkey Legs, Nacho Cheese Fries, Pickles, Moo SticksFood
Premium CashmereExposition BuildingGenuine hand made cashmere scarves, wraps, ponchos, totes & bags. Hand knotted wool & silk rugs. Soft, comfortable cashmere masks.Merchandise
PS BotiqueJr Livestock area - 8th StreetWomen's clothing, children's clothing, accessories.Merchandise
Purple ProductsExpo BuildingTop Purple Multi Purpose CleanerMerchandise
RedFern Enterprises Inc.Exposition BuildingInstachill air cooler, shower heads.Merchandise
RedFern Enterprises Inc.Exposition BuildingBackplus massagersMerchandise
Redwood Log HouseHeartland Area1900 Year Old Redwood Log w/ A Hand Carved 3 Room Home InsideMerchandise
RGT AmusementsIllinois AvenueHuman Claw machine w/ miscellaneous stuffed and inflatable toys as prizesOther
Save the ChildrenExposition BuildingSigning up donors to sponsor needy children thru an online applicationOther
Simply Smart CompanyEthnic Village Booth KSouthern Cuisine, Kale Greens, Cabbage, Sweet Potatoes, Cornbread, Barbecue, Chicken, Roasted Pork Sandwich, Pies & Cakes, Sweet Tea, Lemonade & SmoothiesFood
Sissy's ConcessionsGrandstand AvenuePulled pork on a pretzel roll w/ slaw, super baked potato w/ pulled pork & misc. toppings, egg rolls, smoked pork & chicken sticks, and more...Food
Sissy's ConcessionsGrandstand AvenueFish & chips, shrimp & chips, funnel cake fries, onion rings, chicken gizzards / livers and more...Food
Sissy's ConcessionsGrandstand AvenueRoasted sweet corn, Mexican street corn and drinks.Food
Sky High Balloon GuyRoving ActSky High Balloon Guy is a professional stilt walker that will take you to new heights with witty humor and charisma that can entertain crowds and make an impact you will never forget!  Sky High Balloon Guy is also a balloon twister with many years of experience that can make just about anything you can imagine!Acts
Smiley's Novelties & ConcessionsMain StToys, Hats, SunglassesMerchandise
Social Security AdministrationIllinois BuildingProviding Information & Pamphlets To The Public About Social Security Programs, SSi & MedicareMerchandise
Spin FuzionMain StreetFrisbee spin art - one of a kind art on a frisbee. Includes a carrying box.Other
Springfield GuttersExpo BuildingLynch Aluminum Gutters, Gutter DomeMerchandise
SpudaliciousIllinois AveFries, Curly Fries, tater Tots, Chilli Cheese and Loaded, Beefy Fries w/ Gravy & Sour Cream, Crabby Fries, Pizza Fries, Funnel Cake Fries, Shakeups, Water & DrinksFood
Stephans Trailer SalesGrandstand AveTrailerman, Coyote, EBY, Cattle EquipmentMerchandise
SuttersGrandstand AveSalt Water TaffyFood
SuttersMain StSalt Water taffyFood
Taft'sJr. Livestock AreaBreakfast Plate & Sandwiches, Toast, Cheeseburgers, Hamburgers, Pork Tenderloins, Ham & Cheese, Hot Dogs, Ribeyes, Pork Chops, Chicken Filet, Chips, Fries, Lemon Shake Ups, Ice Tea, Coffee, Orange Juice, Milk, Water, Ice & DrinksFood
Taste of AfricaVillage of CulturesLiberian Jollof Rice, Fufu or White Rice & West African Gumbo, Parboiled Rice and Liberian Palm-Butter, White Rice and Liberian Fried Collard Greens, White Rice and Spinich (V), Jollof Rice (V), Fried Pepper (w/ smoked fish, bacon or plain), Pepper Sauce, Pepper Soup. Desserts: Donuts, Rice Bread. Candies: Coconut & Ginger, Milk, Groundpea. Tropical Fruit Punches, ginger Beer, Drinks.Food
Taste of JamaicaVillage of CulturesJerk chicken w/ rice & peas, jerk pork w/ rice & peas, curry chicken w/ rice & peas, jerk wings, drinks.Food
Tempur-PedicExpo Buildingtempur-Pedic Mattresses & AccessoriesMerchandise
The Butterfly EffectsCentral AvenueInteractive butterfly exhibit, butterfly kits, butterfly jewelry.Other
Three Rivers Kettle CornHeartland / Gate 2 areaKettle corn, popcorn, unpopped popcorn, water.Food
Tiki TeaBrian Rainey AveFlavored Ice Tea's and CoffeFood
Tiki TeaGrandstand AveFresh Brewed Ice Tea & CoffeeFood
Tontos ChuckwagonCentral AveRoasted Sweetcorn, Ice Tea, Lemonade & DrinksFood
Turtle Creek GearExpo BuildingLoggerhead Tactical Flashlight, Diamondback Tactical Flashlight, Hawksbill Tactical Headlamp, 50L Tactical Backpack, Rain Fly Tarps, 9 In 1 Water Test Strips, Tshirts, BeaniesMerchandise
Twisted StitchJr Livestock AreaCustom Embroidery On Caps, Jackets, Windpants & Hoodies. Graphic T-Shirts, Embroidered Hoodies, Sanmar, Landaway, Columbia portMerchandise
Two Buds One Joint GriddleGrandstand AveBreakfast Burritos, Pancakes, Bacon, Cubano Sandwich, Fries, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Budsly Sandwich, Fried PB&J, Grilled Cheese, lemonade, Ice Tea, Coffee, Ice Coffee, Ice PopsFood
Urad USAExposition BuildingUrad leather care products.Merchandise
VerizonExpo BuildingSales & PromotionMerchandise
Wafflelicious CafeIllinois AveFudge Puppies, Chocolate Fudge Puppies, Maplechocolate Toffee Fudge Puppy, Banana Foster Fudge Puppy, Waffle Bowl Sundae, Peanut Butter Chocolate Sundae, Chocoholic Sundae, Waffle Dog, Waffle popFood
World of Wonders & Texas Tommy's Wild West ReviewHappy HollowSword Swallowers, Fire Eaters, Magicians, and more!  All presented Under the BIG TOP!  Texas Tommy’s Wild West Revue is an outstanding demonstration of the western arts with the sparkle of Las Vegas!  Entertainment for all ages with whip cracking and rope tricks - No firearms or horseplay in this show… just good old family fun!Acts