The Illinois State Fair began yesterday with the usual variety of attractions—AND a few changes.
Governor Bruce Rauner joined organizers to declare the fair officially open.
(applause) “What a great day, one of the greatest days of the year! The opening of the Illinois State Fair 2017—165 years. Extraordinary. One of the oldest, most beautiful, biggest, best state fairs in America.”
The ribbon-cutting was moved up to Thursday afternoon — in previous years, it’d been left to Friday mornings. And that’s not the only change.
The Twilight Parade was moved to start in Springfield's Lincoln Park. Organizers say the new route was meant to offer additional shade and handicap accessibility.
(Sounds from parade)
Parade-goers appeared unfazed – families and on-lookers lined up along the route to cheer on government officials, floats and marching bands.
The fair continues daily through August 20th.