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  1. ADA Dairy Princes of Illinois, 1971
    Carol Willer of Quincy, Illinois - the American Dairy Association Dairy Princess of Illinois, 1971.

  2. ADA Dairy Princess of Illinois, 1971
    Carol Willer of Quincy, Illinois - the American Dairy Association Dairy Princess of Illinois, 1971.

  3. Aerial view of the Illinois State Fair, 1950

  4. Aerial view of the Illinois State Fair,1998

  5. Archway Children's Fantasy Parade
    Young America Day opened the 1972 Illinois State Fair with the Archway Children's Day Fantasy Parade. The parade is shown coming through the Main Gate, in front of Illinois Building.

  6. Best Women's Garment, 1971
    Mrs. Normaline L. Monts, Kenny, Illinois, winner of Best Women's Garment at the 1971 Illinois State Fair.

  7. Billboard of Grand Champions, 1985
    Billboard showing the list of Grand Champions, and their purchase prices, at the 1985 Illinois State Fair.

  8. Blacksmith preparing horse for race
    Caption on the back: "State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill. Aug. 13- Baby needs a pair of shoes. So does a race horse which is being prepared for action at the State Fair. Shown here are Scotch Byrd, 3-year-old pacer in the Poplar Hill farm stable, as blacksmith Walt Dyer fixes him up for the Review 3-year-old pace to be raced next Tuesday. Al Winger, the colt's trainer, is seen at right."

  9. Butter cow, 1965
    Butter cow created for the 1965 Illinois State Fair. The first butter cow was sculpted in 1922 by J. D. Wallace. It is made over a wire and wood frame, using nearly 500 pounds of unsalted butter.

  10. Butter Cow, 1992
    Butter cow created for the 1992 Illinois State Fair by Norma "Duffy" Lyon. The first butter cow was sculpted in 1922 by J. D. Wallace. It is made over a wire and wood frame, using nearly 500 pounds of unsalted butter.

  11. Champion dairy cattle, Junior livestock division, 1938
    Junior Club members leading champion dairy cattle in a parade at the Illinois State Fair

  12. Cheerleading Competition Champions, 1996
    Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, Illinois), winners of the 1996 Cheerleading Competition at the Illinois State Fair.

  13. Cheerleading Competition, 1983
    Waverly High School Cheerleaders. Standing (left to right): Christi Johnson, Angie McNeely, Jill Love. Seated (left to right): Barb Turner, Kelly Berndt, Terry Grimmett

  14. Cheerleading Competition, 1984
    LaSalle-Peru Township High School Junior Varsity Cheerleaders. Front row (left to right): Mary Beth Sorrentino, Maureen Klug, Amy Payne, Patricia Loebach, Carol Ebener. Back row (left to right): Laura Brennan, Gaylynn Hodgson, Kim Adrian, Sharon Pohar.

  15. Commemorative placemat
    Commemorative item from 150th anniversary of the Illinois State Fair.

  16. Construction of a permanent building for the free entertainment Lincoln Stage
    The Lincoln Stage became a major entertainment feature of the Fair.

  17. Cook of Today Grand Champion, 1957
    Caption on the back: "State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 13 - Miss Opal Hayes, of Franklin, proudly dispalys the Grand Champion ribbon which names her "Cook of Today". In front of her are some of her blue ribbon winning bakery goods. She won 45 firsts, 34 seconds and 15 thirds which gave her the highest number of points in the contest."

  18. Cook of Tomorrow contest winner, 1957
    Caption on the back: "State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 14 - Two young ladies - one the cake and the other its baker - both replicas of each other pose as prize winners. Jane Kurtz, of R.R. #1, Delavan, holds "Oscar", the prize for the "Cook of Tomorrow" contest. Eleven-year-old Jane won six first and four seconds in the Junior Culinary Contest at the Illinois State Fair. She entered everything from popcorn balls to a specially "self-improved" white cake. "Laddy, my dog," she said, "is really going to have a feast because things will be too stale for us to eat."

  19. Country Western Dance Festival, 1992
    Announcement of the Country Western Dance Festival at the 1992 Illinois State Fair.

  20. Dancing Waters fountain
    Caption on the back: "Photo No. 4, Dancing Waters: Nineteen motors, activated from an electrically operated console, played like an organ, forcing thousands of gallons of circulating water through more than 4,000 jets, to a controlled height of 20 to 40 feet, from portable sections of pipe and cable, fitted together into a portable rubber trough-tank, all ingeniously put together - make up the Dancing Waters. As the sparkling waters rise and fall under the glorious multicolored lighting to the accompaniment of thrilling and exciting music, the Dancing Waters present limitless formations, effects and combinations, from a "fireworks display" to classical ballet scene, with the waters actually dancing waltzes, tangos, and swirling and swishing in modern intricate dance movements, which are breathtaking in their beauty. " Dancing Waters was also exhibited at the New York World's Fair and Montreal Expo 67. It was located adjacent to Farm-a-rama.

  21. Decorated Diaper Contest, 1992
    List of contestants and winners of the Decorated Diaper Contest at the 1992 Illinois State Fair.

  22. Dumb Pet Trick Contest, 1992
    Announcement of the Dumb Pet Trick Contest at the 1992 Illinois State Fair.

  23. Egg production exhibit, 1974
    Caption on the back: 8/14/74 - Springfield, ILL. The Illinois State Fair proves to be a learning experience for Cindy Hoyt, 4, Springfield, who tries to understand where the eggs come from. The exhibit is designed to help the average citizen learn about egg production.

  24. Ferris wheel in motion

  25. Governor William G. Stratton greets Howard Keel
    Caption on the back: "State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 9 - Governor William G. Stratton greets Howard Keel, motion picture star and singer, as he arrives at Springfield Airport. Left to right, Mrs. William G. Stratton, Mr. Keel, and Sandra Stratton, daughter of Governor Stratton. Keel headlines a star-studded show on the opening night of the fair."

  26. Governor's Day, 1935
    United States Attorney General (1933-1939) Homer S. Cummings addressing the largest crowd ever assembled at the Illinois State Fair. The attendance of the 1935 Fair was estimated at about 810,00, the largest attendance being on Governor's Day that year, when approximately 200,000 people visited the Illinois State Fair.

  27. Governors Cookie Jar contest winner, 1957
    Caption on the back: "State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 12 - What a treat Governor and Mrs. Stratton and their two daughters, Sandra and Debbie, will have when they taste Mrs. Walter M. Duewer's prize-winning cookies. Mrs. Duewer, 1512 E. Monroe, Springfield, holds the jar of nine varieties of cookies she baked especially for the Governor in the "Governors Cookie Jar" contest at the Culinary Department. The jar carries through the theme of conservation. On the round top platform are two figures - a man fishing and "Smokey," the bear. In the background are two trees and the foreground contains a colored lake with a duck and a sailboat in it. Attached to the jar is a saying by Smokey: "In the good old summertime, visit your Illinois, but remember - Whenever you're on camping larks, be sure you douse your campfire sparks - Protect your woodlands, fields, and parks." Mrs. Duewer won third place last year and first the year before. The cookies will be presented to Governor Stratton."

  28. Grand Champion Alpine Goat, 1954
    Caption: State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 18 - Seventy-two year old Mrs. F. N. Craver, of Bentonville, Ark., and her Grand Champion Alpine "A. R. Kara Del-Norte" are shown following judging for the coveted John W. Norris trophy at the Illinois State Fair Goat Show. The animal was selected as the best of the four breeds in the show.

  29. Grand Champion Auctioneer, 1986
    Champion auctioneer Brett Baugh, Watseka, Illinois.

  30. Grand Champion Berkshire Sow, 1948
    Awarding of the trophy for the Grand Champion Berskshire Sow "Lynnwood Pioneer Lady 2nd" - owned by Krutsinger Brothers, Louisville, Illinois. [Note: this picture has been masked for publication in the Illinois State Fair Premium List.]

  31. Grand Champion Berkshire Sow, 1957
    Caption on the back: "State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 13 - Charles E. White, Watseka (Iroquois County), age 70, has been showing swine at fairs for 12 years, and today at the Illinois State Fair his Berkshire sow "Watseka Wanda" won for him his first grand championship. On Friday, Aug. 9, the sow had and eight pig litter, and then went on to win."

  32. Grand Champion Commodities, Champion Processed Beef, 1986
    Exhibited by Thrushwood Farms, purchased by Earl Sorrells (Sorrells Family Supply) of Raymond, Illinois for $525.00. Left to right: Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Sara Stevenson, unknown, Jim Hankes of Thrushwood Farms, Earl Sorrells, Miss Illinois Beef Queen Valerie McLelland.

  33. Illinois State Fair advertisement, 1894
    Advertisement from the "Morning Monitor" newspaper, Springfield, Illinois, Wednesday July 4, 1894.

  34. Judges platform at Grandstand
    Caption: "The platform of the hydraulic judges stand is delivered to the location in front of the Grandstand, August 1954"

  35. Junior Grand Champion Rabbit Pen, 1985
    Californian rabbits exhibited by Rod Schiller of Oblong, Illinois, purchased by the Illinois Rabbit Breeders Association for $425.00. Left to right: unknown, Larry A. Werries (Dept. of Agriculture), Illinois Rabbit Queen, Governor James R. Thompson, unknown, Rod Schiller.

  36. Junior Grand Champion Rabbit Pen, 1986
    Samantha Thompson, daughter of Governor James R. Thompson, proved to be a champion bidder by breaking the record for purchase of the Champion Rabbit Meat Pen with a bid of $525.00. Left to right: Governor James R. Thompson, Illinois Rabbit Queen Sarah Ochs, Samantha Thompson, Jarrett Brown of Findley, Illinois and Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Sara Stevenson.

  37. Junior Grand Champion Wether, 1982
    Hampshire Wether exhibited by Bryan Hoffman, purchased by PAG Seeds - Bank of Carlock Paster Int. for $4,300.00.

  38. Junior Grand Champion Wether, 1990
    Suffolk Wether exhibited by Jared Schlipf of El Paso, Illinois, purchased by Rep. Lynn Martin for $2,500.00. Left to right: Illinois County Fair Queen Susan Chitwood, Jared Schlipf, Rep. Lynn Martin, Hayley Schlipf.

  39. Junior Grand Champion, Chicken Meat Trio, 1982
    Cornish Rock Capons, exhibited by Diana Steward and purchased by Weaver's Chicken, Peoria, IL for $950.00.

  40. Largest Boar contest winner, 1985
    Marvin Caldwell and his 1153 pound Berkshire boar "Shabby".

  41. Livestock parade, 1947
    Caption: State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 18 - Prize livestock are shown parading in front of the Grandstand in the famed multi-million dollar livestock parade at the Illinois State Fair.

  42. Longest pigtail contest winner, 1957
    Caption on the back: "State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill. - Aug. 8 - Ten-year-old Sheryl Ann Plate, fifth grade pupil of Astoria (Fulton County) proudly displays her thirty-two inch pigtails which were judged longest in the 1957 State Fair contest."

  43. Mrs. Margaret Phares inspecting cane collection
    Caption on the back: "State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill. Aug. 10- The Hobby Show at the Illinois State Fair is drawing thousands of people daily who spend hours inspecting the many interesting displays. Nearly 800 collections in 154 classes are shown. Mrs. Margaret Phares, 146 No. English, Springfield, superintendant of the show, inspects a hundred-year-old "Joshua" wood cane someone hobbled around on back in 1857. The cane collection is owned by Arnold Faucon, 2419 so. 16th St. Springfield. Faucon also has on exhibit a collection of typewriters, autographs of show business celebrities, and unique key chains."

  44. Premiere Breeder Award, Hampshire Sheep, 1976
    Award winner: Heggemeier Sheep.(l-r): Kim Ketchum, Dave Gores (?), Bob Buettke, Jody Heggemeier, Bill Heggemeier, Jim Heggemeier, Mayor of Pontiac.

  45. President Dwight D. Eisenhower chats with 4-H Club winners
    Caption: President Eisenhower chats with 4-H Club winners at a recent State Fair. Left to right are: Margaret and Harold Jepson, Elgin, with their Holstein calf; Governor William G. Stratton; the President; and Bonigail Bivin of Waverly with her grand champion shorthorn steer.

  46. President Ronald Reagan at the Illinois State Fair
    Announcement of President Ronald Reagan speaking at the 1986 Illinois State Fair.

  47. Publicity flyer from the 1958 Illinois State Fair

  48. Quilt display, 1947
    Two women examine the award winning quilts on display at the 1947 Illinois State Fair.

  49. Renovation of Building 13 into the Livestock Show Pavilion
    The renovation of Building 13 was one of the two most important construction projects for the 1971 Illinois State Fair (the other being the construction of a new horse barn.)

  50. Reserve Champion Shorthorn Bull, 1950
    Caption: State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 16 - Gene Mathers of Mason City, Ill., showing his Reserve Grand Champion Shorthorn Bull selected at the Illinois State Fairgrounds today. The 600-pound calf, "Leveldale Nomad," is owned and exhibited by Mather Brothers of Mason City who also had the Grand Champion Shorthorn Female.

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