Thursday, August 12 - Preview Day

 ​​This is the unofficial start of the fair!  Gates open at 7:00 a.m. 
Preview Day will feature the twilight parade, and discounted carnival rides The Twilight Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. from Lincoln Park.  Carnival Midway and Adventure Village will be open late Thursday afternoon following a complete ride inspection.


  • State Fair Ribbon Cutting
  • Twilight Parade
  • Junior Poultry Shows
  • Society Horse Show
  • Discount Carnival Rides

Ticket holders that purchased tickets through Ticketmaster, for the canceled Staind concert, will be refunded automatically back to the card used for purchase.

 Events At The Arena

 Daily Events

8:30 AMJr Performance Cow/Calf ShowJr Livestock Building
9:30 AMJr Heifers: AOB, Charolais ShowsJr Livestock Building
10:30 AMJr Heifers: Chianina, Hereford ShowsJr Livestock Building
11:30 AMJr Heifers: Polled Hereford, Maine Anjou ShowsJr Livestock Building
12:00 PMSociety Horse ShowColiseum
12:30 PMJr Heifers: Maintainer ShowsJr Livestock Building
4:00 PMDino-Roar!Thrillville
5:00 PMSwifty Swine Pig RacingThrillville
5:00 PMTexas Tommy's Wild West RevueHappy Hollow
5:00 PMSky High Balloon Guy (Stilt Walking)Roving
5:00 PMJr Swine Showmanship ShowJr Livestock Building
5:00 PMDeja VoodooBud Light Tent
5:00 PMBrat PackCoors Light Tent
5:30 PMCaptain Geech & The Shrimp Shack ShootersMiller Lite Tent
6:30 PMSociety Horse ShowColiseum
7:00 PMGood VibesVillage of Cultures
7:00 PMJetpack Flying Water CircusThrillville
7:00 PMSky High Balloon Guy (Balloon Twisting)Roving
7:30 PMSwifty Swine Pig RacingThrillville
7:30 PMWorld of WondersHappy Hollow
7:30 PMSammy Hagar & The Circle with TBDGrandstand
7:30 PMAlex Williams - spotlight artistGrand Central Stage
8:30 PMBrushvilleMiller Lite Tent
8:30 PMShenanigansCoors Light Tent
9:00 PMFolsom Prison FiveGrand Central Stage
9:00 PMSmashtagBud Light Tent