SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In an effort to attract more families and make the fair more affordable, Illinois State Fair admission prices have been lowered.

Adult admission now is only $5 Sunday through Thursday while senior prices will remain at $3 and children 12 years of age and younger are free.

The Discount Admission Booklets, which provide an adult 11 any-day admissions, still are only $45 — a savings of $30.

Tickets can be purchased online anytime at IllinoisStateFair.info, or by calling 217-782-6661, and in person at the Emmerson Building on the fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Parking on the fairgrounds still is only $5 a day.

“With the lowering of our adult admission price, the Illinois State Fair continues to be the most affordable state fair in the Midwest,” said Kevin Gordon, fair manager.

“We offer a variety of fun, family events such as livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, top music entertainment in our grandstand, 13 stages with free entertainment and carnival rides for the young or old at heart — just to mention a few.”

Mobile App

Keeping up with the fair can be a three-ring circus, but with the fair’s mobile app, all of the events, times and locations can be at your fingertips.

The app features a daily schedule of events with built-in scheduling and alerting features, a Food Finder to search by food type and vendor, a Photo Booth to share pictures, coupons, a map and a Scavenger hunt across the fairgrounds.


The Illinois State Fair runs Aug. 8-18. The fairgrounds are open from 7 a.m. to midnight daily, and fair administration office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www2.illinois.gov/statefair.

Karen Binder can be reached at kbinder@agrinews-pubs.com or 618-534-0614. Follow her on Twitter: @AgNews_Binder.


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