SPRINGFIELD — Entry deadlines for the many competitions to be held by the 2014 Illinois State Fair are quickly approaching.
Every year the fair hosts more than 8,700 contests, ranging from livestock and horticulture competitions to judged art shows and culinary showdowns.
New competitive events are added annually. Information about all the offerings for the 2014 Illinois State Fair can be found in its premium books, which are available online as well as in print. These books contain not only descriptions of each event, but also specify their rules and regulations. They can be found online at www.illinoisstatefair.info under the “Competitions” tab. Print copies are available by calling the Competitive Events office at 217-782-0786.
Entry deadlines for various competitions are listed below. If the deadline falls on a weekend, all entries postmarked by the following Monday will be accepted:
Livestock (except poultry and rabbits — July 1.
Rabbits and poultry — July 10.
General entries (except floriculture, blue ribbon, dairy products, bee culture) — Aug. 1.
Horticulture (roses) — 9 a.m. on Aug. 9.
Blue ribbon culinary — Recipes due by June 15.
Dairy products — Noon on Aug. 7.
Bee culture - professional — Aug. 8
Bee culture - open — Until judging begins.
The 2014 Illinois State Fair will be Aug. 7-17.