Despite the budget problems in Springfield, this year’s State Fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin will go on as usual. Kevin Gordon, who manages both fairs for the IDOA says fair vendors, despite not getting fully paid for last year’s work, understand the problem and plan to return this year.
Meanwhile the proposed State Fair Foundation will not be raising money for operational costs of the two fairs, but will try and raise private funds to maintain and improve infrastructure at the DuQuoin and Springfield grounds.
Kevin Gordon, state fair manager. A 28 year state employee, Gordon had been on the fair staff for sixteen years before being appointed Manager. Meanwhile, several grandstand acts were announced last Friday, and details of more events, including premium books will be announced fairly soon.