DuQuoin State Fair celebrates 100-year anniversary

DUQUOIN, Ill. (KBSI) – Southern Illinois welcomes the DuQuoin State Fair, which celebrates its 100-year anniversary this year.

Every year, more than 150,000 people come to enjoy a variety of foods, fan favorite rides, and musical guests.

As people are setting up rides and food stands, they are reminded of the challenges they face during the 2020 COVID-19 year.

“So, I think we’ve learned lessons obviously coming, you know, post COVID of how to just make the overall experience better for everybody,” said Josh Gross, DuQuoin State Fair Manager.

But COVID-19 has not stopped them from building a new and better fair experience for the people.

“We have done a great job of making the fairgrounds look beautiful, clean,” Gross said. “We have improved the number of buildings, the number of facilities. You know this year feels kind of like that normal year again like they did back pre-COVID.”

As this is the first full scale fair since COVID, expectations are high. But that does not stop Gross who wants to exceed those expectations.

“What has always been my most important goal is, is to see that the people that come out to the fair have a better experience than they had the year before,” Gross said. “We just really want to make sure that every year this fair reminds all of us from some Illinois that came here as kids what it felt like when we were kids.”

The fair opens Friday, August 26 and will stay open until Labor Day. You can buy tickets in person or online.


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