ST. CHARLES – There is a big birthday to celebrate this summer.
The Kane County Fair is turning 150 years old and the community can come to the Kane County Fairgrounds for all of the festivities July 18 to 22.
The fairgrounds are located at 525 Randall Road, St. Charles.
“On the whole, what makes the Kane County Fair special is just something for everyone,” said Pat Szpekowski, president of PR Strategies and Communications which represents the fair. “It’s summer fun, celebrates family and friends, 4-H.”
The celebration nickname is being dubbed as a "sesqui-FAIR-tennial."
Larry Breon, Kane County Fair president, explained why he thinks the fair has lasted so long.
He pointed to a time 40 to 50 years ago as a reason.
“This is where things came to the forefront for farmers to look at and get some ideas of different hybrids, different ways of doing things, different this, different that,” Breon said. “… The fair was one of the reasons and one of the vessels to get that message out.”
Breon credited the area youth in the 4-H program for recharging the battery of the fair.
“There’s festivals every weekend someplace in what I call our area,” Breon said. “But none have livestock, none have the plants … . We do that stuff. So, it keeps us a little bit different.”
Corn dogs and cotton candy will still be part of the fair food. Breon confirmed that there will also be elephant ears and lemonade shake ups. More goodies include hoagie sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and iced tea.
Attendees will be able to set their sights on a monster truck show and a demolition derby.
Adults will able to check out an Illinois wine tasting booth, too.
The Elburn Lions Club will run bingo games.
Pigs will race each other on a track, a husband and wife duo will do a magic show, and there will be a petting zoo.
People will be able to be active by playing an oversized game of checkers or making a basketball shot, football throw or baseball bat swing.
There will even be a place to make selfie pictures with the fair’s logo in the setting.
Those who want to shop could look for items from jewelry to spices.
Musicians will play such as Eric Chesser, Hi Infidelity, Hillbilly Rockstarz, 7th Heaven and
Eddie Volkman’s band, according to Szpekowski.
Univision will be on site providing activities and prizes.
And there will be plenty of carnival rides like the swings going around the circle, a kid roller coaster and the Ferris wheel.
Szpekowski called the Ferris wheel an iconic ride of the fair.
“… And you’re up on the hill in St. Charles and during the fair you could just see that beautiful Ferris wheel all lit up,” Szpekowski said. “And it’s neat.”