Each year, the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade marches proudly through Springfield, announcing the ten day annual showcase of Illinois Agriculture and unique entertainment. This year, the gates open at 4:00 p.m. with the parade beginning on August 11th at 5:30 p.m. The parade will step-off at Ninth Street and North Grand Avenue, it will travel down Ninth to Peoria Road and then north on Peoria Road to Eleventh Street, which will take the parade through the Main Gate. The parade then will follow Main Street through the fairgrounds to Grandstand Avenue before concluding at the north end of the Grandstand. Awards will be presented after the parade to the best entries at the Pork Pavilion.
Admission to the fairgrounds is $5.00 for Adults, $2.00 Seniors and Children ages 12 and under are free on Preview Night. All carnival rides, including those in Adventure Village, will be open and offered at a discounted price.