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Statement From Attorney

Statement of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs

 

After recent media coverage about our 2019 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen’s status, the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs is issuing the following statement to clarify misinformation:

 

 Alexi Bladel has NOT been relieved of her duties or title as 2019 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen. We have sent a letter to Alexi making this clear.

 

We have released her from any remaining obligations she would have as the reigning 2019 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen between now and January 2020. Alexi remains the Queen until her successor is named in January, and she will remain on our historical roster with all of our past queens recognizing their year of service. She will also retain all awards, gifts and benefits she has received as our Queen this year.

 

We greatly appreciate Alexi’s service on behalf of Illinois agriculture and Illinois county fairs and wish her well in her future endeavors, including her decision to serve our country. Out of respect for the privacy of Alexi and all pageant participants, we will have no further comment.

Tent Talk Fall 2019

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July 30, 2019

Gilray Garlic Festival Shooting

The tragic shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival is sad news for all of us. The festival was, at one time, a member of IAFE. We, along with our friends from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) are sending prayers and sympathy to all involved. The volunteers and supporters will be hit especially hard by this senseless act of violence.

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July 18, 2020

Longtime Iroquois Fair president Marvin Perzee passes away

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June 01, 2018

Member Notie Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act

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May 01, 2018

Tent Talk Spring 2019

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January 21, 2018

New Fair Funding Legislation Boosts Illinois Convention

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January 21, 2018

Miss Winnebago County chosen to reign over 2019 Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairs

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December 10, 2018

Tent Talk December 2018

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October 29, 2018

Tent Talk October 2018

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July 28, 2018

Tom Cullerton helps kick off DuPage County Fair

WHEATON— State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) helped kick off the DuPage County Fair this week with a guest appearance at the annual event.

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December 31, 2018

Congratulations to Kane County Fair one of Top17 in the Country

May 01, 2018

Tent Talk May 2018

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June 09, 2018

Farm Week Now Updates

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March 07, 2018

County Fairs & Legislators Call on Governor to Release Appropriated Fair Funding

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January 21, 2018

Miss Iroquois County chosen to reign over 2018 Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairs

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January 21, 2018

2018 Talent Contest Winners

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December 15, 2017

Tent Talk December 2017

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October 18, 2017

Tent Talk Fall 2017

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August 08, 2017

Illinois State Fair To Honor Three Longtime Vendors As Twilight Parade Grand Marshals

SPRINGFIELD, IL – In keeping with the 2017 Illinois State Fair theme, Manager Kevin Gordon announced today that the Vose Family, the Cullers Family and Coleman Family will serve as the Grand Marshals of the 2017 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade.  Combined, the families have been a member of the State Fair family for 176 years.

August 08, 2017

U.S. Ag Secretary Delights Fair Crowds

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue mixed with farmers and youth at the Georgetown Fair Monday evening…to the delight of everyone.  Congressman John Shimkus spent the day with Perdue.

July 24, 2017

Georgetown to name part of street after fair fixtures

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July 12, 2017

County Fair Day Luncheon

Please click the link below to download the County Fair Day Luncheon ticket order form.

July 12, 2017

2017 Morgan County Fair Royalty

2017 Morgan County Fair royalty. Queen Gracie Richardson, Princess Amelia Pennell and Little Miss Camille Brown.

July 03, 2017

VIEW FROM THE CAB: 7-3- 17

By the time summer is over, I will be able to tell you where to find the best corn dog and lemonade shakeup.

June 30, 2017

Charlyn and Margaret Testify in front of the Illinois House


Charlyn and Margaret testified before the House in support of county fair funding to be included in the budget. Click the button below to view images.

July 01, 2017

Ford County Fair

The creativity of the Ford County Fair can be found by clicking the link below. On that page you will find a few images of the displays along with the exiting of the 2016 queen.

June 16, 2017

Staying afloat at the Fair

A couple of years back, I pulled into the Fulton County Fairgrounds, my youngest in tow. We were there to make up stalls, before the fair even began. From the backseat came a tiny voice, breathless in anticipation, clear with intent: “I heart the Fulton County Fair.”

May 10, 2017

Tent Talk Spring 2017

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January 30, 2017

2017 IAAF Talent Winners

The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs held its 107th annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois January 19th thru 22nd, 2017. One of the highlights of the annual event is the Talent Show competition held Jan. 21.

January 30, 2017

2017 IAAF Talent Winners

The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs held its 107th annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois January 19th thru 22nd, 2017. One of the highlights of the annual event is the Talent Show competition held Jan. 21.

January 30, 2017

Five Honored with the 2017 Friend of Illinois County Fair Award

By: Charlyn Fargo
 

 

The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs held its107th annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois January 19th thru 22nd, 2017. One of the highlights of the annual event is the recognition of individuals from County Fairs across the State who have donated their time, efforts and unique contributions to the Fair Industry.

January 24, 2017

Henry County is new Miss Illinois County Fair Queen

By: Charlyn Fargo, Tom Schahrer
 

 

Claudia VanOpdorp was crowned the 58th Miss Illinois County Fair queen. VanOpdorp represented Henry County at the 107th Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention on Sunday. She is the 19 year old daughter of Tony and Juliet VanOpdorp of Annawan, Illinois. She is currently attending the University of Illinois majoring in pre-dental biology.

December 26, 2016

Tent Talk Winter 2016

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October 01, 2016

Tent Talk Fall 2016

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May 01, 2016

Tent Talk Spring 2016

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