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.