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Bright outlook for 2023 Illinois county fairs

The president of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs is expecting another big year for county fair events.

Jill Hardesty tells Brownfield overall county fair attendance rebounded following the COVID-19 pandemic and both state fairs hit record attendance in 2022.

“I think everything will be just as full or fuller than what we had last year. There are so many people still wanting to get out in their community and help their local fair.”

She says live poultry shows are expected to return in 2023, following a ban last year caused by the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak.

Bright outlook for 2023 Illinois county fairs