Monday, Dec. 8


Illinois State Fair Holiday Mega Pass

Discount pass good for unlimited carnival rides
at the 2004 Illinois State Fair         
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[DEC. 8, 2003]  SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced a new opportunity from the Illinois Department of Agriculture to get a jump-start on the Illinois State Fair. The Holiday Mega Pass went on sale in November for $50, a $5 savings compared to the cost of the pass during the fair. The dates of the 2004 Illinois State Fair are from Aug. 13 to 22. Preview Night is Aug. 12.

With the Holiday Mega Pass, fair goers will have the ticket to more than 100 carnival midway and Adventure Village rides at the 2004 Illinois State Fair. Rides at the state fair include the popular Mega Drop, which sends riders on a 130-foot plunge straight to the ground, and Turbo Force, which features two cars of passengers that flip upside down and spin around as the ride completes a full revolution. Youngsters can ride them as often as they like, whenever they like, all 10 days of the fair as well as Preview Night!

"The Holiday Mega Pass is a great gift idea for fair goers who enjoy carnival rides," fair director Mark Kolaz said. "And, for the reduced price of $50, it's also a great bargain, especially for youngsters who will attend the fair more than one day."

The Holiday Mega Pass can be purchased through Dec. 31 in person at the Emmerson Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, by telephone or through the mail.


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The Emmerson Building, located on Main Street north of Ethnic Village, is open weekdays, except holidays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Its phone number is (217) 782-0775. Mail order forms are available on the Illinois State Fair website at

Holiday Mega Pass purchases also include a limited supply of a stuffed toy animal, courtesy of Thebault/Blomsness, the fair's carnival operator. The pass is not valid for admission to the fairgrounds or rides on the Skyglider and Giant Slide.

Mega Passes also will be available both before and during the fair. Sales will begin June 7 and continue through the end of the fair, Aug. 22.

[News release]

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