The Illinois State Fair is really a special way to get to know the state better. There’s no better way to learn more about an area than to see what people want to show off about their livestock, agriculture, arts, crafts, and entertainment. Of course, along with showcasing the state’s bounty and the talents of its people, the fair is also home to rides, carnival games, and concerts. And the Illinois State Fair is home to one more important feature - the Butter Cow. The unofficial mascot of the fair since the 1920s, the Butter Cow is made from 500 pounds of unsalted butter and sculpted into a life-sized cow by hand over the course of two days.
From the Happy Hollow to the global cuisine of the Ethnic Village to the Kids Korner, there’s something for everyone at the Illinois State Fair! Enjoy big arena events such as tractor pulls, rodeos, and motor cross races. Help kids learn about the agriculture with Farmer’s Little Helpers, or have them visit the Kids Korner for face painting, crafts, and more. See fluffy lambs and goats, or watch a karaoke contest. Start to finish, the Illinois State Fair is packed with fun for everyone.
You can purchase wristbands for unlimited midway rides - both Mega Passes for the entire fair, or passes for just one day are available. If you purchase the Mega Pass ahead of time, you can also get a discounted price until August 1.
There are plenty of amenities on-site at the fair. You can find a list of air-conditioned buildings here where you can cool off for a bit. A First Aid station is on-site to help visitors. Police, a lost & found children’s center, and a U.S. Post Office are all also available on the grounds. There is also a tram that operates full tours of the fairgrounds during the day, and wheelchair and stroller rentals are also available.
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Finally, don’t forget the concerts! The lineup for 2020 is still to be announced, so stay tuned! You can find out more about the concerts here.
You can camp right at the fairgrounds! Enjoy a full day of fun at the fair, then head back to a quiet space and comfortable bed just steps away. Renting an RV with RVshare means even if you don’t own a motorhome, you can enjoy the ease of a home near where you’re having fun all day. The campground has a dump station, showers, and restrooms available. Reservations need to be made online here.
There are also places to camp nearby, including:
Whether you own your RV or use a rental from RVshare, RVing is a great way to travel to the fair! You can take your time getting ready in the morning, make your own food to bring along, and know that you have your own shower and comfy bed waiting for you at the end of the day!
Springfield is a big enough city that you have a wide variety of hotels to choose from. You’ll find many major chains there, as well as local motels where you can stay. Check travel sites like Expedia, or the city’s Chamber of Commerce website for ideas.
Directions from the airport:
Head east on Hackmore Dr. toward IL-29 S. Turn right onto IL-29 S/J David Jones Pkwy. Turn left onto W. Browning Rd. Turn right onto N. 5th St. Turn left onto E. Sangamon Ave. Follow signs to the entrance.
Parking is $5 per day. You can also purchase a seasonal pass for $40. Parking is first come, first served.
You can purchase tickets to the fair online or at the door. For a smooth trip, it’s best to buy tickets ahead of time. General admission for adults is $10, children 12 and under are free.
At RVshare we love to help people try new things and explore new places. Whether this is your first trip to Springfield, or you know the area well, attending the state fair is sure to bring you some great experiences! You’ll learn more about Illinois and its offerings, play carnival games and ride midway rides, and enjoy some top bands and entertainment.
RV camping at the fair is a wonderful way to make your trip stress-free. You’ll have your own things nearby and your own food to make and eat. Whether you head to the fair in an RV rental from us or make other arrangements, we want to see pictures of your adventures! Be sure to send us photos at [email protected] and tag us on social media to share your visit! Your trip could be featured on our blog or social accounts.
Check out @ILStateFair on Facebook and Twitter, and @MyILStateFair on Instagram for event updates!
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