State Fair Opens

The annual Illinois State Fair opened on Thursday, August 13 and will continue until Sunday, August 23. Held at the State Fairgrounds on the north side of Springfield, the gathering features entertainment, festival food, rides and attractions. State fairs have been held since 1853, with the exception of the years during World War II. In a typical year, between 0.5 million and 1.0 million fairgoers attend the festivities.