4-H News – 6-28-17
a special release from University of Illinois Extension
Your Day at the Illinois State Fair


Your Day at the Illinois State Fair
(The following is a special release from University of Illinois Extension.)
If you are selected as our countyÆs representative at the state fair, here is what you need to know:
* The county office will mail you more information after our local show, as well as an exhibit tag for your project. Remove all the tags and ribbons from our local show.
* Our county exhibits on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
* 4-H members should plan to arrive in Springfield at the fairgrounds between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Traffic can be very busy, so give yourself plenty of time. We know that delays happen, so if you get stuck in traffic, donÆt worry. We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals.
* Once on the fairgrounds, make your way the far west side of the fairgroundsà. At the Orr Building.
* 4-H members should drop their projects off at the table for their project area between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Then, check the master schedule to see what time YOUR conference judging begins. Everyone will have at least a 10-minute judging time to discuss your project with a judge. Return to your judging area about 10 minutes before your scheduled time. Your project will remain on display until 3:30 that day. Be sure to come back and pick it up before 4:30 closing time.
* If you are registered in Fashion Revue, you donÆt need to arrive until 12:30 p.m. Be dressed and stage-ready by 1:30. The fashion review begins at 2 p.m.
* Come back for the 4-H Clover Celebration at 3 p.m.
* No projects may be removed from the judging area until 3:30 p.m. If you need to leave early, please arrange with someone else from your county to pick up your project. Be sure to give them your claim ticket.
* There will be lots of other fun things to do in the Orr Building.
Parking at the Illinois State Fair
The Extension office has discount tickets for 4-H exhibit families for the days of the 4-H General Project Exhibit Shows, Aug. 10-13. Discounted passes are ONLY available to 4-H exhibitors & their family, and not to the general public. We will only have gate pass options for Gate 6/Lot 18 or Gate 3 Lot E parking.
Junior Show Livestock exhibitors are required to purchase their parking and entry tickets directly through the state fair with their entry. Please understand this is a State Fair rule and outside the control of Illinois 4-H or your local 4-H office.
The discounted rates are: Car Gate Parking – $5/car, Individual Admission (12 and under) Free, Individual Admission (13 and older) $5.
State Fair is providing Load/Unload passes to 4-H families which will allow cars to enter through Gate 8 (or other gate if that is closed) and drive to the Orr Building to drop off exhibits or people. You will need to present your admission tickets for anyone in the car upon entering the fairgrounds; then the driver will need to leave through Gate 9 immediately after drop off, get their hand stamped for readmission to the fair, and then re-enter the fairgrounds through the gate for which they have a parking pass. You MUST have a regular parking pass to use the Load/Unload Pass.


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