Here is a great "at a glance" guide to this year's
Du'Quoin State Fair. We hope it will help make this family friendly event even more enjoyable for your family.
Days of Operation: August 26th - September 5th
Hours of Operation: 10:00 am- midnight
Carnival Hours: noon on weekends, 4:00 on weekend
Admission Cost: $2.00 for ages 13 and over
Special Discount Days: -Sunday, August 28Veterans and their immediate family members are admitted to the grounds for free today. Also,current SIU students, faculty/staff members, and members of the alumni association will receive free admission to the fairgrounds with ID or membership card.
Parking Cost: Cheapest lots are through gates 3 and 4 and are $7.00
Ride Tickets $1.00 each, most ride required more than 1 ticket
$20 for 22 tickets Children under 3 ft must ride with an adult so tickets will be charged for adult.
Armbands- unlimited rides for night are $22
Restrooms: 3 bathrooms by Grandstand, 1 in Exhibit hall, 1 north of Exhibit Hall on way to horse arena and 1 just south of Hall on Derby Lane
First Aid Station: by the Grandstand
Baby Needs: IDHS Mobile Nursery located on Midway South
Provided for Parents to Feed Their Babies, Change Diapers, Cool Off, and Infant/Child Information
Refreshment StationsFamily refreshment stations are located throughout the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. Not air-conditioned, but located in shady areas for the most part with seats for relaxation. This facility is operated through the kindness of the Du Quoin Postmaster and his staff
Transportation TramsThe convenient means of transportation – trams – have returned and will be providing FREE transportation to fair-goers throughout the vast fairgrounds.
Lost Children :Lost children will be assisted at the Du Quoin State Fair Administrative Office located in the Grandstand. Only emergency announcements will be made over the paging system. If you have a lost child, check with an Illinois State Police Officer or Fairgrounds Event Staff Worker on the grounds for directions to the office and assistance in finding the child. When arriving at the fairgrounds, choose a landmark and agree to meet there if any member of your group becomes separated.
FREE Family Entertainment -Daily Shows on Expo Drive- Check schedule for show times
-The Horse Whisperer
-Gavin the Hypnotist-(better for older kids)
-ZuZu African Acrobats
FREE shows daily at Open Air Horse Arena- its a long walk so take the FREE trolley
A professional rodeo will be presented on both Sept. 3rd and 4th and 7:00 PM
Older kids may be interested in the Harness Racing during the first weekend (August 27th and 28th) at noon each day. Admission is free. Much more of an adult activity, but fun to watch at least one race.
Kid Friendly Exhibits-especially for younger kids under 12
Petting Zoo: just off Main Street
lllinois State Fire Marshall Exhibit
Located on Grandstand East : Fire Safety Materials, Fire Safety Trailer, and Fire Police
IL Dept. of Natural Resources
Located on Expo Drive WestNatural Resources Information
Illinois State Police
Located on Hayes Ave. WestSafety Education
Freebies: many state agencies and vendors give away promotional items. Those exhibitors that have publicized giveaways include John A Logan ( fans, pens, plastic bags_ and the Illinois State Treasurer