Du Quoin State Fair ready to welcome guests; masks required in most settings, including Grandstand concerts


For those who get out, Gross said the fair has much to offer ranging from exhibits and traditional fair food to both free and grandstand entertainment and carnival rides.

The Budweiser Clydesdale horses are making a special appearance at the Du Quoin State Fair. The harness will be leading Friday night’s parade and the team will journey through the fairgrounds at 6 p.m. each evening. Fireworks will follow the grandstand performances on Saturday, Aug. 28, Friday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 6.

Gross said ticket sales for the fair’s grandstand shows including performances by En Vogue, REO Speedwagon, Jamey Johnson, comedian Ron White and others have gone well. Free entertainment can be found at locations throughout the fairgrounds including performances by cover bands, a magician, equestrian acts, a comedic Cajun chef, pig races and more.

Motorsports enthusiasts can watch ARCA series competitions, USAC Silver Crown races a demolition derby and a new event at the Southern Illinois Center: Wednesday evenings Quarter Midget cars.

“This is a race that we’ve not had in the past and NASCAR stars Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader will be doing some autograph signings as part of that,” Gross said.

“I just hope people come out and enjoy themselves,” Alongi said. “They need to know that they can come to the fair and have fun but be safe at the same time.”

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August 26, 2021 at 09:09PM

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