SPRINGFIELD, IL – Plan to visit Springfield for the Illinois State Fair August 13 – 23 for 10 days of fun and excitement for the entire family.

Fairgoers love trying new and unusual foods, and whether you’re craving apple strudel or sirloin on a stick, you’ll find something different to try this year. For a list of new food (and other) vendors, visit

Other highlights this year include grandstand acts such as Justin Moore, Sammy Hagar, Fall Out Boy and Rascal Flatts; USAC and ARCA auto racing; harness racing; livestock judging; and dozens of free entertainment stages, contest, exhibits, and a carnival midway. A complete schedule of fair events can be found here

Springfield is the capital of Illinois and the home of Abraham Lincoln. In addition to the fair, the city offers numerous historic sites and museums, including the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Visitors will enjoy planning a trip to the fair that also includes the city’s attractions, interesting local restaurants and variety of lodging options.

Gina Gemberling, Executive Director of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “The Illinois State Fair is something everyone should experience. It celebrates the rich agricultural heritage of the state and truly offers something for everyone. It’s a fun getaway for the whole family before it is time to go back to school.”