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6/17-22 — Piatt County Fair. 523 S. Jefferson St., Cerro Gordo. Fair Pageant at 7 p.m. June 17; Autumn Zero performs at 8:30 p.m. June 20; White Whiskey Coalition (4 p.m.) and Riverbottom Nightmare (8:30 p.m.) take the stage June 21; ITPA Tractor Pull begins at 6:30 p.m. June 21; antique tractor pull concludes the entertainment on June 22. Free admission. 454-8815, piattcountyfair.com.
6/22-28 — Ford County Fair. Fairgrounds Melvin. Country music sensation Parmalee will perform at 7 p.m. June 24, rodeo returns on June 27. New this year is a radio-controlled car event. The demo derby will offer a new class. 388-2815, fordcountyfair.org.
6/24-28 — The Vermilion County Fair and Expo. Vermilion County Fairgrounds, U.S. 150, east of Oakwood. Carnival, vendors, queen pageant, truck and tractor pulls, demo derby, beer tent, food and more. 443-4005, thevermilioncountyfariandexpo.com.
7/7-13 — Moultrie-Douglas County Fair. Jurgens Park behind the high school, Arthur. A full week of activities, including livestock shows, tractor pulls, demolition derby, horse and pony show, agriculture and fine arts exhibits, live entertainment, a midway carnival, beer tent and entertainment. 725-3565, moultriedouglascountyfair.com.
7/8-12 — 73rd annual Fisher Community Fair and Horse Show. Fisher Fairgrounds, 226 E. Sangamon St. Events include a horse show, livestock exhibits, lawn mower demolition derby, 5K run/walk, demolition derby, amusements and live music. 897-1437, fisherfair.com.
7/14-17 — Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fair. Fairgrounds, Illinois 128, Shelbyville. One of only a few fairs that still highlight 4-H and juniors. The fair includes dog care and obedience, judging in livestock, poultry, rabbits, lambs, produce, flowers, plants and many other subjects. The Food Shack serves plenty of food each day of the fair and is manned by various 4-H clubs in Shelby County. The fair wraps up with the livestock auction and team penning. 774-9546, extension.uiuc.edu/ccdms and click on Shelby County 4-H.
7/15-19 — DeWitt County Fair. Farmer City fairgrounds. Livestock shows, Queen and Little Miss Pageant, harness racing, motorcycle and ATV races, Raminator monster truck, stock car racing, Western horse show, tractor pulls, Kids Day. 309-275-4461, farmercityfair.com.
7/16-21 — Iroquois County Fair. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m., Iroquois County fairgrounds, 2 miles north of Crescent City. Livestock shows, demolition derby, horse and pony shows, tractor pull, talent show, teen dance, rodeo and more. 815-683-2359, iroquoiscofair.com.
7/18-27 — Champaign County Fair. Champaign County Fairgrounds, 1302 N. Coler Ave., U. July 18: Preview Night and Grandstand Party; entertainment is Blackjack Billy with Ryan Ideus and the Feudin' Hillbillys opening. July 19: car and truck show and motorcycle rodeo, carnival opens. July 20: horse show, religious service, firemen's water ball competition, rodeo. July 21: preschool day in kiddie land, talent show. July 22: livestock judging, harness racing featuring matinee and evening races. July 23: livestock judging, motorcycle races. July 24: Youth Day, grandstand show Blackberry Smoke featuring Matt Poss Band. July 25: Scott McCrerry featuring Gracia Harrison at the grandstand. July 27: tractor and truck pull at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. champaigncountyfair.cc.
7/19-26 — Edgar County Fair. Edgar County Fairgrounds, Paris. Queen pageant, livestock shows, harness racing, carnival, talent show, tractor pulls, demolition derby and more, 463-8365, 822-0905, edgarcountyfair.com.
7/27-8/3 — Coles County Fair. Noon, July 27, 8 a.m. July 28 to Aug. 3, Coles County Fairgrounds, Charleston. "Illinois' oldest continuous county fair" features livestock shows, queen pageant, harness racing, truck and tractor pull, carnival, music, horse show, demolition derby, arts and crafts, and more. colescountyfair.com.
7/30-8/3 — McLean County Fair. McLean County Fairgrounds, 1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington. Carnival rides and games, livestock and 4-H exhibits, live music, agricultural exhibits, family fun zone, good food and fun. 309-663-6497, mcleancountyfair.org.
8/2-9 — Georgetown Fair. Mill Street. Carnival, exhibits, livestock shows, horse show, queen pageant, tractor and truck pull and entertainment. 662-6415, georgetownfair.com.
8/7-17 — Illinois State Fair. Illinois State Fairgrounds, Sangamon Avenue and Peoria Road, Springfield. Grandstand entertainment will feature country music sensation American Idol Live, Steely Dan, Hunter Hayes with Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia Line, Boston with April Wine and Sweet, and Jake Owen with Parmalee & The Cadillac III, Rapper Pitbull, and the Chicago cast of the Million Dollar Quartet, along with auto racing, harness racing and other events. The fairgrounds will feature several free music venues and other entertainments. Visit the Ethnic Village for a variety of food and refreshments. The fair will feature several livestock and agricultural events. For more information visit agr.state.il.us/isf.
8/13-17 — 138th annual Fairbury Fair. Free gate until 1 p.m. Aug. 13, 14, 15, until 11 a.m. Aug. 16, 17. Carnival rides, games, bags tournament, demo derby, stock car racing, 5k run and music in the beer tent nightly. fairburyfair.com.
8/22-9/1 — DuQuoin State Fair. Off Highway 51 south of DuQuoin. Highlights include two carnival midways, daily livestock shows, harness racing including the World Trotting Derby, culinary, hobbies, agricultural exhibits, quarter horse shows, free family entertainment, conservation world and grandstand entertainment. 618-542-1541, agr.state.il.us/dq/.