Illinois’ second state fair, the DuQuoin State Fair in Southern Illinois, will feature a major switch this year, going from Western World to a jungle theme. “The various Western World features have proven to be popular for the past two years,” said fair manager John Rednour Jr., “but it’s time for a change.” The DuQuoin State Fair is set for August 22d through Labor Day, September 1st, 2008. The theme this year is “It’s A Jungle In Here.”
The past Western-themed exhibits in a which have included a whip artist, American bison, and the cattle trail stories at Rusty’s Chuckwagon, will this year be replaced by jungle-themed exhibits sure to be popular. Rednour said they are scheduling tigers, cougars, monkeys, and various types of snakes. “We have every reason to believe our new concept of jungle attractions will be both exciting and educational with our younger and older fairgoers.” said Rednour.
The theme park will be located on the block just north of the two permanent homes on the fairgrounds and will be a free attraction with three structured shows daily during the fair’s run.
“We hope to transform the area into as much of a “rain forest” as we possible can,” said Rednour. “We have every reason to believe it’ll be one of the finest educational exhibits ever at DuQuoin. At least that’s our plan.”
The change will also signal a return of the popular animal exhibits and animal acts that once were in greater supply at the state fair but have been lacking in recent years.
Of course there will be the usual popular features at the fair, including Ag Expo, the senior citizens area, pompon contests. livestock judging, free entertainment at the beer tent, a carnival, tons of food.
Naturally, there’s the harness and auto racing and the grandstand entertainment.
Headlining at the grandstand will be Sawyer Brown, American Idols Kellie Pickler, who has charted several times since her finalist showing, and Bucky Covington, Sevendust, alternative metal band P.O.D., which has produced 11 CD’s, and Corbin Blue of High School Musical with Justin Stein. Also scheduled are the World Trotting Derby’s five-day harness program with a $500,000 purse and motorized racing featuring the American Motorcycle Association motorcycle races, the Automobile Racing Club of America truck and crate late model races, and the Automobile Racing Club of America care series and UMP modified stock car racing.
The DuQuoin State Fair website is at agr.state.il.us/dq/.