Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes at the Lake County Fair

It’s fair time in Lake County, yes, that’s right, it’s time for the Lake County Fair. The fairgrounds are now bustling with activity in preparation for the 89th Lake County Fair. The fair opens on Wednesday, July 26 and ends on Sunday, July 30. Organizing the fair takes a lot of planning, but the fair comes together quickly during the days before it opens. Until your family reaches the Main Gate, enjoy this sneak peek behind the scenes at the Lake County Fair.

Elephant ear vendors are shaping up and Family Fun Boulevard beckons Lake County residents to the fair.

Cows are dried after their baths under fans in the livestock barn.

Lake County Fair, Grayslake

Pigs get bathed before the opening day of the fair.

Lake County Fair, Grayslake
A girl and her goat take a walk in the barn.

Lake County Fair, Grayslake

The 4-H Displays are readied, showcasing the talents and efforts of Lake County youth.

Lake County Fair, Grayslake

Gardeners have dropped off their finest produce, hoping to win a ribbon at this year’s fair.

Lake County Fair, Grayslake

Rides are assembled, waiting for screams of delight from excited children.

Lake County Fair, Grayslake

The Midway is stocked with enticing food vendors and carnival rides.

Lake County Fair, Grayslake

Now that you’ve seen what goes on behind the scenes, find out for yourself the fun of the Lake County Fair. Be sure to look at Little Lake County’s Insider’s Guide to Visiting the Lake County Fair for tips to make your trip fun for the whole family.

A few of the daily family-oriented events include:

  • Ag Adventure! — Hands-on agricultural activities for children
  • Lake County Farm Heritage Display and activities
  • Petting zoo
  • Pony rides
  • First Bite Fishing — Kids can catch fish from the portable pond
  • Banana Derby Racing
  • Hambone Express Pig Racing
  • Antique tractor parade.

Lake County Fair
1060 East Peterson Road, Grayslake*  | (847) 680-7200
Wednesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 30, 2017
* Note: Some GPS systems will require a different address: 19822 W. Peterson Road, Libertyville, Illinois.  
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Adults (ages 13 and older): $10
Children ages 6-12: $5
Children age 5 and younger: FREE
Family Fair Pack (2 adults and 2 children age 6-12): $25
See website for details for military, veteran, senior citizen and season pass admission.

Wednesday and Thursday, 26-27 July, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, 28 July, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, 29 July, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, 30 July, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Note: Midway rides and games open at 12:00 p.m. daily. The Expo Hall is open on Wednesday – Saturday from  10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Jennifer is mom to a teenage boy and a tween girl, and spends her time changing radio stations in her minivan while driving to band concerts, learning new texting lingo and keeping track of the latest trends in electronics and hairstyles. Jennifer spends any free time she can find trying to stay organized, testing out new recipes that everyone might eat, reading, crafting or trying to beat her own best score in SpellTower. She also serves as a managing editor at Little Lake County.

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