And due to the fairgrounds flooding, fair officials announced about 8 p.m. it was closing for the night. “The safety of our fairgoers is always our top concern,” said state fair manager Kevin Gordon. “We work hand-in-hand with the National Weather Service, Illinois State Police and all other local law enforcement agencies to notify fairgoers of safety protocols and the location of storm shelters on the fairgrounds. Thanks to the National Weather Service, we had over an hour head start on the approaching storm.”
Trooper Sean Ramsey of the Illinois State Police said the downpour flooded the pedestrian and drive tunnels near the fairgorunds’ parking area. “Everybody has been pretty calm. It’s frustrating when you can’t get to your car. We have people from as far away as Joliet who couldn’t get to their cars. It’s frustrating, but everybody has been pretty understanding,” Ramsey said.
The Illinois State Fair Is expected to release refund information on tonight’s show soon.