Illinois State Fair announces its 2007 theme
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'Celebrate and Educate' selected as slogan of Illinois' premier
[May 11, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- "Celebrate and Educate" has been
chosen as the theme of the 2007 Illinois State Fair and Twilight
Parade. Agriculture Director Chuck Hartke and State Fair Manager Amy
Bliefnick announced the selection on behalf of Gov. Rod R.
Blagojevich during a fairgrounds press conference April 24 to
discuss preparations for this year's event.
"The Illinois State Fair is a
great place to have fun. From thrilling carnival rides to top-notch
Grandstand entertainment, there are plenty of activities for the
whole family to enjoy," Blagojevich said. "The fair is a great place
to learn and celebrate our state's rich heritage and to find out
about state programs and services."
In addition to the information
available in the tents of state agencies, fairgoers can learn about
fire safety as they visit the state fire marshal's Firehouse Museum
or find out about the fair's illustrious 155-year history as
presented in the Illinois State Fair Museum. Conservation World
offers a wide array of free shows and hands-on activities that
educate visitors about outdoor recreational opportunities and the
state's natural resources. Hometown Pride introduces fairgoers to
different communities throughout Illinois, and Campus Town allows
students and their parents to learn about the educational offerings
at state colleges and universities.
"The fair has more than 150 buildings full of fascinating
displays and exhibits," Bliefnick said. "Through our choice of a
theme and the addition of new fairgrounds signage, we hope to better
promote these educational attractions and increase foot traffic
inside the buildings."
With 366 acres of attractions, the fair is Illinois' premier
summer festival. Whether riding the Giant Slide, watching
world-class harness racing and motor sports, visiting the famous
Butter Cow, or sipping a lemonade shake-up and eating a corn dog
while strolling through exhibits featuring the handiwork of Illinois
artists and craftsmen, there's plenty to see and do.
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Other educational offerings include:
A podcast tour of
the historic buildings at the fairgrounds -- The Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency produced this electronic history
lesson, which is downloaded onto personal MP3 players and takes
listeners on a narrated walking tour of 12 historic fair
Live power line
demonstrations -- Sponsored by the Illinois Electric Council's
Safe Electricity program, the demonstrations teach valuable
lessons to prevent electrical accidents and fires.
The Illinois Pork
Producers Association's farrowing center -- The center gives
fairgoers a chance to watch the birth of baby piglets.
Kids Activity Tent
-- The tent offers children tips about proper fitness and
Senior Center --
Sponsored by the Illinois Department on Aging, the center
provides free health screenings and information about Illinois
Cares Rx, the state prescription drug program.
The Jungle -- This
exhibit in the former Happy Hollow features educational animal
shows with alligators, bears, sharks, lions, tigers and
of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety booth -- The
booth includes a video arcade that promotes traffic safety, a
trivia game that reinforces good driving habits and
instructional videos that teach proper child passenger safety
and promote safety belt usage.
Department of Agriculture tent -- Among other things, the tent
includes free samples of Illinois food products to raise
awareness about the economic importance of the state's food
The 2007 Illinois State Fair will be Aug. 10-19. The Twilight
Parade is scheduled Aug. 9. For more information, visit
Illinois State Fair
news release received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information]