Economy
3:45 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Gearing up for the Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair is just a week away.  This year’s theme is "Where Illinois Comes Together.”  As IPR's Peter Gray reports, a change in policy means Illinoisans who've gotten accustomed to seeing the sights on four wheels, will be together again, with those on two feet: 

 State Fair manager Amy Bliefnick says starting at 10 o' clock each morning, golf carts will be forbidden from the fairgrounds.

 She says hundreds of visitors cruising around on their own carts have caused traffic and safety problems: 

 "We want people to enjoy the walk, okay.  That's so important.  Especially when you've got 900,000 people but you've got 600 with a golf cart.  Y'know it's not the majority of the people with a golf cart that are a nuisance, either.  But the point is if you have to dodge one or two, that's too many to dodge." 

 Bliefnick this year is offering a different kind of "mobility" to fairgoers – a smart-phone website that uses GPS to guide people to their favorite food vendors, restrooms, and event stages.

 Grandstand shows this year include The Band Perry, Journey, John Mayer and Ke$ha.

 Adult admission remains the same as last year at seven dollars. The fair runs from August 8th through 18th.