State fair settles in Springfield

    It all began 162 years ago on Springfield’s west side – the “it” being the Illinois State Fair.
    After forking over two bits for admission, folks saw livestock and crop exhibits. However, the fair also was a place for enlightenment and education. Visitors “oohed” and “aahed” as they walked through exhibits that focused on the sciences, arts, education and industry. Others offered detailed information on ways farmers could modernize their agricultural practices. After all, it was the ’50s!
    Though closely identified with Springfield, the fair has been held in 11 other communities: Alton, Centralia, Chicago, Decatur, DuQuoin, Freeport, Jacksonville, Olney, Ottawa, Peoria and Quincy.

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