• 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. Duewe…

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  • Third Annual Chilli Cook-Off, 1992

    Announcement of dates, rules and regulations for the Chilli Cook-Off at the 1992 Illinois State Fair.

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  • Dumb Pet Trick Contest, 1992

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

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  • Country Western Dance Festival, 1992

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

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  • Springfield Gymnastics Team

    The Springfield Gymnastics Team continues a 442 hour marathon jump to best a 1969 record set by an Australian team. Shown here: Shelley Grant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grant, Springfield.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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 mor…

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  • 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.

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  • Quilt display, 1947

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

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  • 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 exhibi…

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  • 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 th…

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  • 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…

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  • The Spoon Man

    "The Spoon Man" [Jim Cruise] entertains a young fairgoer.

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  • Construction of a permanent building for the free entertainment Lincoln Stage

    The Lincoln Stage became a major entertainment feature of the Fair.

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  • 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 we…

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  • 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: Gove…

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  • Springfield Gymnastics Team

    The Springfield Gymnastics Team continues a 442 hour marathon jump to best a 1969 record set by an Australian team.

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