Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder had said he hoped there would be a way to go forward with some agricultural aspects of the fair. Along those lines, the Department of Agriculture will host a Junior Livestock Expo in Springfield in September for those ages 8-21 to show animals. The 4-H General Project Show will proceed online, details are still to come according to a release.
The cancellation will come with a heavy financial cost; both fairs brought in more than 600,000 visitors last year.
Kevin Gordon, Illinois State Fair Manager expressed disappointment. “Our staff has been working hard to top what we did last year, and we feel like we were on track to do so. With that being said, we also understand that this is an unprecedented event. We have fantastic vendors, fairgoers, partners and exhibitors that we will miss seeing this year on the Fairgrounds," Gordon said in a statement.
More from a release: If you have purchased an Illinois State Fair mega pass, admission booklet or parking pass contact the State Fair office at 217-782-6661 or email email@example.com.
The 2021 Illinois State Fair will run from Aug. 12-22. The 2021 Du Quoin State Fair is scheduled for Aug. 27-Sept. 6.