The 2023 Heart of Illinois fair will be held July 18-23, 2023.   Please join us for our official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, July 18 at 4:00 pm.

Buy Admission Tickets Online

Advance sale tickets are on sale online through July 18 at midnight.  Purchase online with the following offers:


  • SAVE $20 - 5 Day Gate Admission Ticket through July 18
    5 day adult daily admission ticket valid for ONE adult when you purchase before July 18, 2022.  
     
  • $8 Gate Admissions through July 18
    Single adult admission ticket for use on any one day of the 2022 Heart of Illinois Fair.  Save $2 in advance and save time at the fair!  Purchase online with a debit card, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.
     
  • $10 Gate Admissions after July 18
    Single adult admission ticket for use on any one day of the 2022 Heart of Illinois Fair.  Purchase in advance and save time at the fair!  Purchase online with a debit card, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.

  • CARNIVAL 5 DAY MEGA PASS on sale through July 18
    Ride all week from open until close with the MEGA PASS! Buy your mega pass online before July 18, 2022 at midnight and save $70!!! The mega pass is valid for one person for the entire week and is non transferable.  Gate admission not included.



Admission Pricing:

General fair admission pricing is as follows:

CHILDREN UNDER AGE 6 CHILDREN AGES 6-12 ADULTS AGES 13 AND OVER
Free $5.00 $10.00

Any active duty military personnel with military ID will be admitted FREE, ANY DAY, ANY TIME during the Heart of Illinois Fair.

Carnival Rides & Attractions

Carnival 5 Day Mega Pass

On sale through July 18

  • CARNIVAL 5 DAY MEGA PASS on sale through July 18
    Ride all week from open until close with the MEGA PASS! Buy your mega pass online before July 18, 2022 at midnight and save $70!!! The mega pass is valid for one person for the entire week and is non transferable.  Gate admission not included.
       

Singe Day Unlimited Ride Armbands


Unlimited ride armbands will be sold until 9:00 PM. Rides will close at 10:00 PM Friday & Saturday.

Armband Special prices are in addition to the normal gate admission. The ride armband prices are per person, per session, regardless of age. Ride armbands are available at the ticket booths on the fairgrounds.  Carnival ticket booths will stop selling armbands one hour before each promotion period ends.


PLEASE NOTE
ARMBANDS FOR EACH PROMOTION WILL STOP BEING SOLD ONE HOUR BEFORE THE END OF THE PROMOTION TIME.  EXAMPLE  ARMBAND SPECIAL 4 PM TO 10 PM, ARMBANDS WILL NOT BE SOLD AFTER 9 PM FOR THIS PROMOTION .  THE ARMBAND SPECIAL WHICH RUNS FROM 6 PM TO 10 PM WILL BE SOLD STARTING AT 6:00 PM.  FOR THIS 60 MINUTE PERIOD YOU MAY PURCHASE INDIVIDUAL RIDE TICKETS.  THIS RULE ENSURES YOU WILL RECEIVE ADEQUATE RIDE TIME FOR YOUR ARMBAND PURCHASE.  

Armband Times and Dates:  
 

Tuesday, July 19
4:00 PM to 10:00 PM: $25.00


Wednesday, July 20
4:00 PM to 10:00 PM: $25.00

 
Thursday, July 21
4:00 PM to 10:00 PM: $25.
Friday, July 22
4:00 PM to 10:00 PM: $25.00

  
Saturday, July 23
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM: $30.00
6:00 PM to CLOSE: $30.00



Hours of Operation

For specific hours, please see the daily schedule.

   

OUTDOOR CONCESSIONS CARNIVAL RIDES COMMERCIAL BUILDING
Tuesday - Friday:  4:00pm Tuesday - Friday:  4:00pm Tuesday - Friday:  4:00pm
Saturday:  noon Saturday: 12:00 pm Saturday: noon

 

We have many special events and livestock shows that begin during the morning hours.  Only the NORTHWEST GATE (GATE #5), accessible from University will be open before the official fair opening time.

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