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​Aug 10-20


Happy Hollow

Located just inside the main gate Happy Hollow returns to the Illinois State Fair with competitions, exotic animal entertainment and shows.

  • Watershed Park

    Emerson Farms Exotic Petting Zoo

    Daily: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    Walk through at your at your own pace and and see why Emerson Farms is one of the premiere petting zoos.   It is always fun for the whole family...the young and the young at heart. Everyone can enjoy the animals whether they are learning, looking or decide to feed their favorite animals.


  • Reptile Show

    Reptile Adventure

    Display Available Daily: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Daily Shows:  12:30, 2:30, 4:00 & 6:00 p.m.

    Reptile Adventures is a reptile exhibit with presentations. The exhibit is open all day to the public and is always attended by a Reptile Adventure's employee.

    Danny Conner is the owner of Reptile Adventures. Danny has been keeping and caring for reptiles for over 30 years. Danny educates, entertains, and fascinates crowds of all ages as he shares his love, knowledge and respect for these amazing and intriguing animals.

    Reptile Adventures invites the crowd to ignite their senses and plunge into an exciting interactive education.

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  • ZuZu African Acrobats

    Daily Shows: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.

    Moved to Brian Raney Ave. By the High Dive show, behind Lincoln Stage

    Originating in Mombassa, Kenya........ ZuZu has performed in over 25 countries in the last ten years, including Australia, China, Korea, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. They have only been performing in America since February of 1999 and have received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

    Their show blends what we have come to call "circus" acrobatics with popular dance moves set to live and taped African music. The result is an electrifying experience which is sure to move even the most jaded audience member.

  • Watershed Park

    Woody's Barnyard Racers

    Daily Races: Noon, 2:00, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

    Woody's Barnyard Racers entertains you to no end. The racers will have you laughing and coming back for more. Our barnyard racers consist of 3 different heats. The first heat consist of the racing pigs or swine,the second heat to consist of the racing goats and last but not least the racing dachshund dogs. We have creatively named the dachshunds, "Oscar Mayer" ," Chicago" Style Dog , "Hot Dog" and the last one everyones favorite kind of dog "Corn Dog!!!!

  • Watershed Park

    Watershed Park

    Daily: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Watershed Park is an interactive and educational exhibit on water protection. Approximately one-acre in size, Watershed Park is located on the Illinois State Fairgrounds on the west end of Happy Hollow.

    Come join the fun! Free admission and activities for everyone. Cold water, duck races, stream demonstrations, big fish, scavenger hunt, daily prizes! All Free!

  • Highland games

    Ancient Athletics/St Andrews Society
    Strongman of the Glen Competition

    Demonstration Daily: 5:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Competiton: Saturday August 13, 2016: Noon - 6:00 p.m.

    The first 40 registered athletes will be guaranteed, any athletes that register after will be placed on the waiting list.
    Classes: Amateur A,B,C, Women's, Masters (No Novice Class)
    Events: Heavy and Light Weight for Distance, Weight Over Bar, Sheaf Toss, Caber Toss, and Braemar Stone. There may also be a keg toss after competition concludes.


Also in Happy Hollow

  • Zip Line
  • Pony Rides
  • Camel Rides
  • Meltdown Ride Attraction
  • Zorb Bubbles 
  • 4-Station Bungee Jump



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