The Illinois State Fair has wrapped up the first weekend of events. And the fair turned out to be a soggy rain soaked mess on Friday night. More than 6 inches of rain fell on the grounds in about 3 hours causing rain water rush into a portion of Happy Hollow and flood campers and trucks parked there. But quick responses from the Department of Ag and first responders were a big reason that no one was hurt. Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s spoken to many of the families that lost their belongings and says he will help with any problems with insurance claims.
The grounds dried out some over the weekend but another big rainfall event is predicted today in Springfield. That could further hamper efforts to dry out wet spots around the grounds.