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General Information

The 2017 Illinois State Fair runs from August 10th through August 20th. The Fairgrounds are open from 7 a.m. to Midnight for the duration of the Fair. The Fair Administration Office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


Children (0-12) – FREE                                                   Daily:  $5
Adults (13-59) - $10                                                        Seasonal (Gate 6, Lot 18 infield): $40
Seniors (60+) -  $3                                                          *purchase inside Emmerson Building
                                                                                       (217) 782-0775     

Buy Online, Save Time:    

Skip the lines by purchasing your tickets in advance!  The Illinois State Fair is now offering an online payment option for gate admission, parking passes and Mega Passes!  In addition to purchasing your tickets in advance, the Illinois State Fair will now have the option to scan those online purchases on your mobile phone at all gates.  Buy now:

Discount Admission Days:                         

Thursday, August 10
   Adult Admission - $5
   Senior Admission - $3
   Children - FREE

Sunday, August 13
   Veterans & Immediate Family Members - FREE
       *must provide proper identification

Monday, August 14
   Seniors 60 & Over - FREE
   Scouts in uniform - FREE

Tuesday, August 15
   Adult Admission - $5
   Senior Admission - $3
   Children - FREE

Friday, August 18
   Police, Fire, EMT who show a badge at the Gate - FREE

Sunday, August 20
   Adult Admission - $5
   Senior Admission - $3
   Children - FREE 

Discount Admission Booklets 2017 Discount admission booklet.  Eleven any day entrance ticket only $60.

One booklet provides eleven (11) any day adult admissions to the 2017 Illinois State Fair. These booklets will be available for just $60 per booklet. Senior Coupon Books are also available for $30 for (10) any day admissions. Order by phone (217-782-0775), in person at the Emmerson Building on the state fairgrounds or on-line.

Fairgoer Services

This is a listing of services offered such as Bus and Taxi, Lost and Found, Administrative Offices, Accessibility, Restrooms, etc.

Maps and Directions

This is the place to find Maps and get directions on the Fairgrounds.


Campground now open to all campers.  Now accepting campers & reservations.
Click the link to learn more about the camping opportunities 365 days a year at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.


This is a listing of live video cameras throughout the fairgrounds. You can select one of these and virtually be at the Illinois State Fair.


 A few photos of events and highlights of the fair.

Daily Schedule

This page provides a complete schedule for the State Fair.


The Illinois State Fair has several opportunities for qualified individuals

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Future Fair Dates

2018   August  9-19