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Illinois State Fair Ribbon Cutting Thursday
Illinois Ag Connection - 08/10/2017

Join Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe and other state and local dignitaries as they gather to official mark the opening of the 2017 Illinois State Fair.

New this year, the ribbon cutting has been moved to the first Thursday (Preview Day) of the fair. At the conclusion of the ribbon cutting at the Main Gate, the Director will travel to the Department of Agriculture tent for a tour and a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Following the ceremonial ribbon cutting, many dignitaries will travel to Lincoln Park on Springfield's north end for the start of the annual Twilight Parade. The parade will step-off from the southeast corner of the Nelson Park loop and travel north to Sangamon Avenue. From there, it will travel east down Sangamon Avenue into the Main Gate of the fairgrounds and proceed on to the Grandstand.

Fairgoers are invited to attend a free concert in the Grandstand following the Twilight Parade.

The classic rock group Foghat will perform a free concert in the Grandstand following the Twilight Parade.

No concert tickets are needed for this performance.

Best known for their hit songs "Slow Ride," and "I Just Want to Make Love to You," the group has earned eight Gold records, one Platinum record and one Double-Platinum record. To this day, the group continues to tour each year and release new music on a regular basis.

The Illinois State Fair is planned for Aug. 10-20 in Springfield.

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