Heart of Illinois fair celebrating 68th year

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Work crews are putting the finishing touches on this year’s Heart of Illinois fair, kicking off Tuesday at Peoria’s Expo Gardens. The 68th year of fun, is a chance to step back in time and enjoy the carnivals nostalgia.

“We have arts, textiles, as well as a live stock,” said Roxy Baker, Board member of the fair. She adds, “ Live entertainment and great foods will be all ready for those who attend.”

For the first time the event will be five days, instead of the usual nine. Organizers say the decision wasn’t an easy one, but it was necessary.

“With so many options now all over central Illinois for entertainment and local festivals, we thought condensing it down to 5 days was the best decision,” Baker said.

Fair officials say their goal is to showcase to the more than 20,000 who will enter expo gardens over the next 5 days.

“We’re focusing on our local market, with local musicians and artists that are up and coming.”

Tickets are ten dollars for adults, and five for kids. Kids under the age of six get in free. And all of this fun starts Tuesday at 4 pm.

WMBD’s and WYZZ’s Alyssa Paldo will also be competing in Tuesday night’s “Celebrity Swine Showmanship Competition” in the hobbies barn at six. 

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