Deadlines for entering Illinois State Fair contests approaching
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[June 27, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- Time is running
out to enter the more than 8,700 competitive events at the 2007
Illinois State Fair. Contests range from the longest ponytail to
Illinois' prize pumpkin, and everyone who qualifies is invited to
compete. Premium books, which explain all contest rules and
regulations, can be obtained by calling the state fair office or
Seven premium books are
available: Livestock, Junior Department, Western Horse Show, Society
Horse Show, Special Events & Twilight Parade, Miniature Horse Show,
and a General Book.
The Livestock Premium Book contains specific information about
livestock entries and the divisions and classing of animals.
Livestock competitions include beef cattle, dairy cattle, draft
horses, llamas, goats, sheep, swine, poultry and rabbits, as well as
the popular husband- and hog-calling contests, which will return
this year to the first Sunday of the fair. The Junior Department
book includes the following livestock divisions:
beef and dairy cattle, goats, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits,
and meat goats.
Premium books for the Western Horse Show, which concludes June
30, the Junior Horse Show July 10-15 and the Society Horse Show,
which runs Aug. 7-18, outline divisions
between horses and riding styles.
The Special Events & Twilight Parade Premium Book sets guidelines
for entries in the Twilight Parade and other fair competitions,
including the diaper derby contest, the baby picture contest and the
marching band competition.
Listed below are Illinois State Fair competitions and their
respective entry deadlines:
- Open Livestock -- July 1
- Open Rabbits & Poultry -- July 10
- Junior Livestock -- July 1
(Junior Livestock entries must be submitted to the exhibitors'
county Extension office by that office's deadline.)
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Ag Products -- July
All culinary contests
not otherwise listed -- July 15
Amateur Art -- July
Amateur Talent – July
(Professional) -- Aug. 11
Bee Culture (Open) --
Until judging begins
Boccie Ball -- Aug.
Blue Ribbon Culinary
-- June 8
Christmas Trees --
Culinary -- July 15
Dairy Products --
Floriculture -- Aug.
Gladiolus -- Aug. 1
Hobbies -- July15
Horseshoe Pitching --
Hosta -- Aug. 18
Junior Culinary --
Junior Hobbies --
Junior Textiles --
Rose Show -- Aug. 15
Twilight Parade --
For a hard copy of a premium book, contact Durinda Kirby at
217-782-0786. CDs of the books will be
distributed to county Extension offices and agriculture science
instructors with the help of state FFA and 4-H members.
The 2007 Illinois State Fair runs Aug. 10-19.
[Text from Illinois
State Fair news release received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]