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It's Time for the Lake County Fair

The Lake County Fair, July 25-29, will have several new features including a flower and garden show, new rides, competitions and more.

Preparations for the 84th annual Lake County Fair are in full swing at the fairgrounds on Peterson Road in Grayslake.

From prized livestock to pig wings, fabulous food to ferris wheels, competitive exhibits to exciting entertainment the Fair promises a great time for the entire family.

This year fair-goers can expect several new changes, possibly the most noticeable will be the Fair's partnership with the Chicago Flower and Garden Show which will offer gardening displays, plant information stations, demonstrations, a mini-marketplace and more.

"We are so excited about this partnership," said Sheri Vyfvinkel, General Manager of the Lake County Fair. "It's great for us to be working with an already established event yet keeping the tradition of the fair strong and still bringing in new things."

The Chicago Flower and Garden Show is one of the oldest events in Chicago. This is the first time it is going on the road. President Tony Abruscato said they want to reinvent their show to help people transition from agriculture to horticulture.

"We hope people will be motivated to do something with the green space," Abruscato said.

The Flower and Garden Show will be open the entire run of the Fair. It is located on the north side of the Goat Barns.

Other big events at the fair include the Monster Truck Shows and Pit Party where the audience can meet the drivers and get autographs, ride on the monster trucks and more. There will be pie-eating and pig wing-eating contests, a blue grass and old time hootenanny, banana derby racing, rides, games, exhibits, animals, and so much more. Click here for a complete schedule of events.

The Fair hours and prices are as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 25 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 26 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Friday, July 27 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 28 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 29 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

*Gates open everyday at 8 a.m. for livestock events.

  • Adults age 13 and older:  $8.00 Wed-Fri, $10.00 Sat & Sun 
  • Seniors age 65+:   $5.00 Daily  
  • Children ages 6 -12:   $5.00 Daily  
  • Children 5 and Under:  FREE
  • Family Fair Pack: $25.00 for two adult and two child tickets  
  • Active Military in uniform with ID:  FREE ($5.00 w/active ID)
  • Active Military Families:  $5.00 with active ID

The Lake County Fair is CASH ONLY. Credit and Debit cards are not accepted.

Sven Johannsen July 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Almost every person I know stopped going to the new site because of the smaller space, poor traffic pattern, overpriced everything, poor entertainment and reduced number of vendors. Too bad, because the LC Fair used to be the best family entertainment for the money. It's a shame that they ruined it all.


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