County & State Fairs:

Whether you like cows or cream puffs, ferris wheels or tractor pulls, there’s something for everyone at the state and county fairs. The fairs originated as a place to learn about the latest agricultural equipment and see the area’s finest livestock and poultry. Today, they’re a great place to teach kids about farming and animals and a chance to eat anything on a stick.

July 31 – Aug. 4 McHenry County Fair

Highlights: motocross, tractor pulls, demolition derby

Aug. 1-4 Kendall County Fair

Highlights: family stage entertainers, petting zoo, truck & tractor pulls

Aug. 1-11 Wisconsin State Fair

Highlights: cream puffs, jalapeño-eating contest, entertainers Miranda Lambert, Christopher Cross, Yes.

Aug. 2-18 Indiana State Fair

Highlights: world’s largest popcorn ball, glass barn, catch & release fishIN’ pond, entertainers Styx, Blood Sweat & Tears, Coco Jones.

Aug. 8-18 Illinois State Fair

Highlights: Butter Cow cam, horse racing, Ethnic Village with international cuisine, auto races, demolition derby, entertainers Toby Keith, REO, The Band Perry

Aug. 8-18 Iowa State Fair

Highlights: world-famous Butter Cow, deep-fried butter, entertainers Toby Keith and Carly Rae Jepsen

Aug. 14-18 Kenosha (WI) County Fair

Highlights: family circus, petting zoo, camel rides, pig races

Aug 21-25 Will County Fair

Highlights: Family Day Aug. 21, rodeo, chili cook-off