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Friday, Dec 11, 2020

* Press release…

The countdown to the 2021 Illinois State Fair is formally underway with fair officials announcing the start of the holiday promotional campaign starring the Mega Pass. A new Jumbo Pass will give fairgoers access to everything the Mega Pass has to offer, but with the added bonus of unlimited rides on a fan favorite, the Giant Slide.

The Illinois State Fair will be offering a Holiday Special on both passes December 15, 2020 through February 15, 2021. During this time the 2021 Mega Pass is just $60, while the Jumbo Pass will be offered at $70. Anyone who purchases a Mega or Jumbo Pass will receive a full refund if COVID prevents the Illinois State Fair from being held.

“You will see all new rides on our midway in 2021, adding more value to your Mega or Jumbo Pass,” said Illinois State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon. “The Double Ferris Wheel (Skywheel) and Mega Drop (Supershot) make their way back to the Illinois State Fair along with numerous other spectacular rides including: The Eclipse, X Scream, Rockstar, Screamer, Catch N Air and Surfs Up, just to name a few of our new attractions.”

Mega and Jumbo Passes will be available for purchase throughout the Fair. However, the price will increase to $70 for the Mega Pass and $80 for the Jumbo Pass on February 16 and increase to $80 and $100 beginning August 1.

Admission Bargain Books and Seasonal Infield Parking Passes are also available and make great stocking stuffers. For just $45, the Admission Bargain Book provides eleven any-day admissions to the 2021 Illinois State Fair. The Seasonal Infield Parking Pass is only $40. This allows you to park on the infield all eleven days of the fair.

More information regarding the 2021 Illinois State Fair will be released in the near future. To be among the first to receive new information about the Illinois State Fair, sign up for alerts at www.illinoisstatefair.info.

Take advantage of these limited time deals in any of the following ways:

Online: www.illinoisstatefair.info

By Mail: Download the application at www.illinoisstatefair.info and mail to the address on the order form.

To Order By Phone or Have Questions: Call 217-782-6661 and leave a message. We will get back to you directly to take your order.

The 2021 Illinois State Fair will take place August 12-22.

*** UPDATE *** Wasn’t expecting this…

The Illinois State Fair is excited to announce seven confirmed Illinois Lottery Grandstand acts for 2021. This is the first time the Illinois State Fair has announced and gone on-sale with grandstand acts prior to the new year. This year’s lineup has something for everyone. Fairgoers who purchase grandstand tickets will receive a full refund if COVID-19 prevents the Illinois State Fair from being held.

Veterans Day at the fair will feature an artist who is no stranger to performing for our troops. Toby Keith takes the stage on Sunday, August 15. Keith has gone on 11 USO Tours and entertained nearly 256,000 troops in 18 countries. Craig Morgan will open for the two-time Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year.

On Tuesday, August 17, Chris Young will take the stage for Agriculture Day. The “Raised on Country” singer and songwriter will be accompanied by Ingrid Andress and Payton Smith.

Coming straight off her Female Artist of the Year nomination at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kylie Morgan will play the grandstand on Friday, August 20.

Saturday, August 14 the sounds coming from the grandstand will change from harmonious melodies to roars of laughter when Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias brings his comedy to the Illinois State Fair. The star of I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy and Hot and Fluffy will entertain the whole family.

The grandstand will be rocking for two nights when Badflower and George Thorogood take the grandstand stage. Since their emergence in 2014, Badflower has shared the stage with the likes of Cage the Elephant, Soundgarden and Ghost. They will be on the grandstand stage Thursday, August 19. George Thorogood has been generating hit songs since 1975. The Good to be Bad Tour will bring along 38 Special to the party on Sunday, August 22.

The Traveling Salvation Show will return in 2021, after entertaining crowds with the sounds of Neil Diamond in 2019. This up-tempo, rock-oriented tribute to the legendary singer will have you dancing and singing along to all of Diamond’s classic hits. The free show will be Monday, August 16.

“We are excited about this year’s Illinois Lottery Grandstand lineup,” said Illinois State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon. “Our goal is to have entertainment for everyone and this diverse lineup accomplishes that goal. We will have more to announce soon to give us even more to be excited for in 2021.”

In addition to a fantastic grandstand lineup, fairgoers will now have the option of buying premium tickets in our new seating area called The Blue Ribbon Zone. The price of this ticket includes a seat at a high-top table with accompanying bar stool, finger foods served to ticketholders prior to the concert, and a designated waitstaff at your service throughout the show.

Tickets to all the announced Illinois Lottery Grandstand Stage concerts can be purchased starting December 15 at Ticketmaster.com.

Thursday, August 12: TBD

Friday, August 13: TBD

Saturday, August 14: Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
Tier 3 - $26 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 1 - $36 / Track Seats 1200 Avail. - $46 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $71

Sunday, August 15: Toby Keith with Craig Morgan
Tier 3 - $39 / Tier 2 - $44 / Tier 1 - $49 / SRO Track - $59 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $84

Monday, August 16: The Traveling Salvation Show – A Tribute to Neil Diamond
FREE Concert

Tuesday, August 17: Chris Young with Ingrid Andress and Payton Smith
Tier 3 - $27 / Tier 2 - $32 / Tier 1 - $37 / SRO Track - $47 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $72

Wednesday, August 18: TBD

Thursday, August 19: Bad Flower with TBD
General Admission Seating - $15 / SRO Track - $15/ Blue Ribbon Zone - $50
* At time of purchase, customer will choose whether they are buying Blue Ribbon Zone seats, a general admission seat, or a standing room only track ticket.

Friday, August 20: Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kylie Morgan with Chapel Hart
Tier 3 - $25 / Tier 2 - $30 / Tier 1 - $35 / SRO Track - $45 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $70

Saturday, August 21: TBD

Sunday, August 22: George Thorogood with 38 Special
Tier 3 - $14 / Tier 2 - $19 / Tier 1 - $24 / SRO Track - $34 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $59

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Illinois State Fair, August 12 through 22, in Springfield. Stay up to date with all the latest news and announcements from the Illinois State Fair by connecting with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

22 Comments
  1. - pool boy - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 10:27 am:

    So there is still hope for AC/DC on the 13th and the Rolling Stones on the 21st.


  2. - Annoin' - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 10:30 am:

    All good and positive signs
    BTW there was a report that the train in the kiddie land is gone….any replacement plans ??? The equipment was owned by the former midway vendor


  3. - Excitable Boy - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 10:36 am:

    Cage the Elephant puts on a good show.


  4. - ChuckIL - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 10:42 am:

    I think I’ll just wait around for TBD.


  5. - Inverted Pyramid - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 10:47 am:

    How ’bout some legislation setting up a weed shop on the Fairgrounds for the run of the ISF? I’m sure the Performing Artists would appreciate.


  6. - Cool Papa Bell - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 10:47 am:

    So glad they are pushing forward. Mid August most people should be vaccinated and it’s outdoors.

    Now if we can get the August weather we had in 2020 for 2021.


  7. - Davis Junction - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 10:57 am:

    No Confederate Railroad?


  8. - Gravy Bond - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 11:01 am:

    DuQuoin Lineup has been announced also. No mention of Harness racing…


  9. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 11:23 am:

    -=No Confederate Railroad?=-

    They changed their name after the increasing criticism.

    Their new name is…

    Confederate RR.

    I think they may have missed the point of the criticism.


  10. - Lurker - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 11:45 am:

    The Springfield fair loses too much money.
    The DuQuoin fair loses even more money.
    This is negligence to have these during these economic times.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 11:46 am:

    I’d like to think I could go, and I say that with every meaning you can take from that.

    Fingers crossed.


  12. - OneMan - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 12:06 pm:

    == The Springfield fair loses too much money.
    The DuQuoin fair loses even more money.
    This is negligence to have these during these economic times. ==

    Lighten up, Francis.


  13. - Chatham Resident - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 12:25 pm:

    Forget the music on Thursday the 12th (opening night). Instead just make the fairgrounds a temporary “satellite” location for the big Thursday night west side Knights of Columbus raffle (which is currently on hiatus due to the COVID resurgence). Those of you in the Springfield area who listen to Sam Madonia’s show on 1450 have heard him talk about it frequently in recent years. Especially when they had the big winner of the first raffle in September 2019 after two years of winless Thursday nights.


  14. - Belden Ave - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 12:25 pm:

    Random thought
    George Thorogood, state fair, 2001 I believe, because George was Gov, a fight breaks out in the pit in front of stage, the music stops as the troopers break up the fight. GT says, “You fight, we stop, you stop, we rock”
    Ahh when days were more simple


  15. - Chatham Resident - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 12:32 pm:

    Also, if all goes well with fighting COVID and immunizaitons, and it becomes safe to have the Fair next year, this will be the first ISF held since former Governor Thompson’s passing in August (on ironically what would have the opening weekend of the fair if not for COVID).

    Is it just me or is anyone else surprised that there’s nothing at the Fairgrounds named after Thompson? Not even a building, fair street, or other attraction. Unless I’m not aware of it. Especially since he was a huge fan of the State Fair while he was Governor and likely
    afterwards.


  16. - Chatham Resident - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 12:36 pm:

    ==I think I’ll just wait around for TBD.==

    That would be a great Question of the Day here. Who would we like to have at the fair on currently unscheduled “TBD” nights?


  17. - SKI - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 12:42 pm:

    Annoin’ - the new vendor doesn’t appear to have a train in their Midway.
    http://millercarnival.com/pageserver/midway

    They could subcontract for one, so who knows for certain. The new contract calls for at least 7 rides in Adventure Village. NAME & Tinsley (subcontractor) had at least 13 rides there in 2019. Gonna be interesting.


  18. - Team Sleep - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 12:49 pm:

    I am coming out of retirement to formally and politely advocate that the Deftones fill the TBD on either August 13th or 18th when they have off nights from their delayed summer tour.


  19. - Gravy Bond - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 1:21 pm:

    wow. a “team sleep” sighting. Good to know you are still around.


  20. - Inverted Pyramid - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 2:10 pm:

    @ Chatham Resident

    Great call.

    The Big Jim Slide!


  21. - Just Another Anon - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 2:14 pm:

    Thats a pretty solid lineup.


  22. - Give Me A Break - Friday, Dec 11, 20 @ 2:29 pm:

    Chatham: The Giant Slide should be named the Big Jim Thomposon Giant Slide.


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