Every year the fair hosts more than 8,700
contests, ranging from livestock and horticulture competitions
to judged art shows and culinary showdowns.
New competitive events are added annually.
Information about all the offerings for the 2014 Illinois State
Fair can be found in its premium books, which are available
online as well as in print. These books contain not only
descriptions of each event, but also specify their rules and
regulations. They can be found online at
www.illinoisstatefair.info under the “Competitions” tab. Print
copies are available by calling the Competitive Events office at
Entry deadlines for various competitions
are listed in the table below. If the deadline falls on a
weekend, all entries postmarked by the following Monday will be
See Chart below
[Text received; JEFF SQUIBB, ILLINOIS