EXPOSITION GARDENS has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Heart of Illinois Fair scheduled for July 14-18.  We were holding out hope that we might still be able to open the gates for some summer family fun.  Unfortunately, it would be unwise and impractical to open trying to meet the Governor's current Restore Illinois guidelines.  Even if the state goes to Phase 4 at the end of June, we would be limited on the number of attendees and would face daunting challenges to meet all safety guidelines.  At this time, we are forced to postpone until a new date can be set later in the year.

The 2020 Heart of Illinois fair will be held July 14-18, 2020.   Please join us for our official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, July 14 at 4:00 pm.

Advance Sale Gate Admission Tickets:

Advance sale gate admission tickets will be on sale during early spring. Please check back soon for special advance sale savings!



Admission Pricing:

General fair admssion 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

Singe Day Unlimited Ride Armbands


Unlimited ride armbands will be sold until 10:00 PM on Friday & Saturday. Rides will close at 11:00 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 7 PM, ARMBANDS WILL NOT BE SOLD AFTER 6 PM FOR THIS PROMOTION .  THE ARMBAND SPECIAL WHICH RUNS FROM 7 PM TO 10 PM WILL BE SOLD STARTING AT 6:45 PM.  FOR THIS 45 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 16
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM: $10
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM: $10

Wednesday, July 17
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM: $10
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM: $10 
 
Thursday, July 18
West Central Building Trades Council
Kids Day
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM: $10
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM: $10
Friday, July 19
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM: $10
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM: $10
  
Saturday, July 20
12 noon to 5:30 PM: $10
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM: $10



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 & Sunday: noon Saturday: noon Saturday & Sunday: noon

 

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

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