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*** UPDATED x1 *** Let’s hope the butter cow typo isn’t an omen

Thursday, Aug 9, 2018

* This year’s butter cow…

Zoom in on the sign, though, and you’ll see a typo…

Bicenntenial? Oops.

*** UPDATE *** SJ-R

The superintendent of the Illinois State Fair’s Dairy Building says the misspelling of the word “bicentennial” on the fair’s famed Butter Cow display will be repaired before big crowds hit the building this weekend to view the spinning refrigerated case holding the 600-pound creation.

Marla Behrends, the Dairy Building’s superintendent, said workers at the building were expecting to complete the fix Thursday evening.

Behrends said the Butter Cow’s sculptor, Sarah Pratt of West Des Moines, Iowa, felt terrible and was very sorry when she was informed about the mistake, which happened on a butter-based sign sitting next to the cow. The sign includes the word “bicenntenial,” with one of the buttery Ns in the wrong place.

* Speaking of butter cows, this is very cool…

* On to today’s parade

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the Wiseman Family, which owns the Wiseman Farm in Wabash County, will be the Grand Marshals for the 2018 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade tonight.

The Wisemans have been recognized as one of only two Bicentennial Farm families in Illinois. They grow corn and soybeans on their land, which has been in their family since 1818.

* Parade deets

The parade will begin in Lincoln Park, head north through the park to Sangamon Avenue and then east to the Main Gate and into the fairgrounds. Staging for the parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the park.

It is the second year for the Twilight Parade’s new route. For many years prior to 2017, the parade started near Ninth Street and North Grand and marched up Peoria Road to the fairgrounds.

The parade route will close to traffic at 4 p.m., and detour signs along North Grand Avenue and Veterans and J. David Jones parkways will be in place. The Parade Run begins at 5 p.m. and the parade at 5:30 p.m. The route is expected to remain closed until 9 p.m.

No public parking will be available for parade watchers in Lincoln Park or the Nelson Center. Patrons of the Nelson Center will be able to access the center using the intersection of Third Street and Black Avenue.

* Related…

* Old standbys, new roller coaster await Illinois State Fair fans

* Illinois bicentennial puts extra sparkle in Illinois State Fair: Inside, fairgoers will find a special display of “The Past to Today through Twinkies,” which were invented in Illinois. In fact, free samples will be made available to the first “200” visitors from a variety of companies.

* Grandstand preview: Culture Club comes back for ultimate ’80s experience

* Ready for battle: B-N teens to compete in band competition at State Fair

* Raleigh girl among winners of ‘Cream of Crop’ contest: The winning entries will be featured in the Treasurer’s tent on the north side of Brian Raney Avenue during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The fair kicks off on Aug. 9 with the Twilight Parade and ends Aug. 19.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - wordslinger - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 11:40 am:

    –The Wisemans have been recognized as one of only two Bicentennial Farm families in Illinois. They grow corn and soybeans on their land, which has been in their family since 1818.–

    How cool is that? Mazeltov.

  2. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 11:41 am:

    So Rauner leads the parade - do Pritzker and Stratton have a spot too? And does McCann walk with the Laborers contingent, or does he have his own place in the line?

    Also, who hears more boos from the crowd lining the parade route?

  3. - City Zen - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 11:42 am:

    Will Kajagoogoo open up for Culture Club?

  4. - WhoKnew - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 11:45 am:


    Close enough for Government work….

  5. - FIREDup! - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 11:49 am:

    JB & Julianna are #42 in the parade. Kwame is #58. I believe there are 60 entries.

  6. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 12:01 pm:

    =Bicenntenial? Oops.=

    Teech fur Amarikuh?

  7. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 12:02 pm:


    You can fix that with a butter knife.

  8. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 12:10 pm:

    Your order number in the parade is only part of the deal. Not following a bunch of horses is also highly desirable.

  9. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 12:21 pm:

    In fairness, bicentennial is one of those words you only use once every couple of hundred years, so typos are understandable.

  10. - ChrisB - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    Let he who has turned off spellcheck spread the first pat.

  11. - City Zen - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 12:32 pm:

    ==Teech fur Amarikuh?==

    Moar lyklee tawt by Ilennoy Edgikatun Asoceashun

  12. - Vote Quimby - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 12:54 pm:


  13. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 1:00 pm:

    Rich I think before anyone is allowed to comment on the Cap Fax Blog, they should have to prove they walked at least one State Fair parade with a governor or candidate for gov. Until you do so, you have missed out on:

    1. The wonderful residents of Springfield as they make their well thought out and always well researched comments and suggestions to the gov or the person running for gov.

    2. The joy of hearing from AFSCME workers asking, “where is my raise”?

    3. The always anticipated comments from the policy experts who start drinking around 1 PM and then share their research with the gov or candidate as the parade swung from Ninth Street toward the main gate. The two taverns on the corner are favorite haunts of public policy experts.

    4. Always one goober asking a State Trooper why they salute the governor when they walk by and telling said trooper if they were a trooper they would refuse to.

    5. The always frightful event of seeing children run toward people throwing candy while truck or tractors do their best to avoid hitting a child.

    6. And finally, the fun of seeing who is walking with which political units and trying to make mental notes of those walking with your opponent.

    Now that they have changed the parade route much of the above is over. But it was fun while it lasted.

  14. - wordslinger - Thursday, Aug 9, 18 @ 5:21 pm:


    A Vote Quimby sighting, rarer than an actual bison on the once flourishing Illinois River valley prairie these days.

    Don’t be a stranger, brother. Testify.

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