Lake County Fair returns with mix of old and new

  • The Lake County Fair brings carnival rides, live music, livestock shows, motor sports, kids' activities and much more to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake July 27-31.

    The Lake County Fair brings carnival rides, live music, livestock shows, motor sports, kids' activities and much more to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake July 27-31. Daily Herald File Photo

  • Motocross racers fly through the air at the 2019 Lake County Fair in Grayslake.

    Motocross racers fly through the air at the 2019 Lake County Fair in Grayslake. Daily Herald File Photo

 
Daily Herald staff report
Posted7/26/2022 6:01 AM

Returning for its 93rd year, the Lake County Fair celebrates the agricultural heritage of Lake County by combining old-fashioned traditions with all new fun and activities.

The fair runs Wednesday through Sunday, July 27-31, at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake.

 

Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 and 28; 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31.

Camel and pony rides are just some of the activities at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake.
  Camel and pony rides are just some of the activities at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake. - John Starks | Staff Photographer, 2021

Expo Hall Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Camel and pony rides are just some of the activities at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake.
  Camel and pony rides are just some of the activities at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake. - John Starks | Staff Photographer, 2021

Livestock Barn Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Keri Caraher, founder of The Canine Stars, coaxes Layla to a 52-inch jump. The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show takes place each day of the Lake County Fair in Grayslake.
  Keri Caraher, founder of The Canine Stars, coaxes Layla to a 52-inch jump. The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show takes place each day of the Lake County Fair in Grayslake. - Rick West | Staff Photographer, 2019
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See prizewinning livestock, dairy goats, treats, vegetables and exhibits by local 4-H youth and Lake County residents.

Entertainment includes music, motor sports, monster truck shows, a talent show, carnival rides, food vendors, beer gardens and more.

The Lake County Farm Heritage Society will be on hand with antique tractor displays and their Ride-a-Tractor.

Keri Caraher, founder of The Canine Stars, coaxes Layla to a 52-inch jump. The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show takes place each day of the Lake County Fair in Grayslake.
  Keri Caraher, founder of The Canine Stars, coaxes Layla to a 52-inch jump. The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show takes place each day of the Lake County Fair in Grayslake. - Rick West | Staff Photographer, 2019
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Other activities taking place throughout the day each day include a petting zoo, seven selfie stations, camel and pony rides, pig races, John Measner's magic show, the Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show, performances by comedy juggler Niels Duinker and the Kidbuck$ Game Show, which allows randomly selected audience members to compete for prizes.

Pig races are part of the fun at the Lake County Fair this weekend.
Pig races are part of the fun at the Lake County Fair this weekend. - Daily Herald File Photo

Musical acts include Slam Funk and Judson Brown Band on Wednesday; Svelte Bobby and the Soulfixers and Libido Funk Circus Thursday; Wichita Jacks and Gold Dust Dreams Friday; Los Perros Cubanos and Chapel Hill Band Saturday; and Mellencougar and Zydeco Voodoo Band on Sunday.

Pig races are part of the fun at the Lake County Fair this weekend.
Pig races are part of the fun at the Lake County Fair this weekend. - Daily Herald File Photo

Ticket prices per day are $15 for ages 13 to 64; $5 for ages 6 to 12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 5 or younger. Season passes are $55 or $20 for ages 6 to 12 and 65 or older.

Admission is $5 for active military, veterans and dependents with valid military ID; free for active military in uniform.

Thursday is Military Appreciation Day with free admission for active military, veterans and dependents with valid military ID.

Gus the steer is displayed by Julie Fisher of Zion at the 2019 Lake County Fair. Livestock shows, demonstrations, judging and auctions are the backbone of the county fair.
Gus the steer is displayed by Julie Fisher of Zion at the 2019 Lake County Fair. Livestock shows, demonstrations, judging and auctions are the backbone of the county fair. - Daily Herald File Photo

Midway rides and games will be operated by Skinner's Amusements and open at noon daily. Ride tickets are available at booths located throughout the Midway.

All-you-can-ride wristband specials will be available for $25 from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

For more details, visit lcfair.com or www.facebook.com/lcfairillinois/.

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Lake County Fair

Events take place at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake.

Wednesday, July 277 a.m. and 7 p.m. Milking competition

8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Livestock barn hours

10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fair hours

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Expo Hall hours

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lake County Farm Heritage Society

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Midwest camel and pony rides

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Miller's Petting Zoo

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Selfie station

Noon, 3, 5:30 p.m. Kidbuck$ Game Show

12:30, 2:30, 3:30, 6 p.m. Pig races

1, 5, 7 p.m. Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show

1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m. Niels Duinker comedy juggler

2 p.m. Beekeeper demonstration

2, 4, 6:30 p.m. John Measner Magic Show

3-5 p.m. Beer tent bingo

5 p.m. Motocross

5 p.m. Slam Funk performs

7 p.m. Miss Lake County Fair Queen Pageant

8 p.m. Judson Brown Band performs

Thursday, July 288 a.m. to 10 p.m. Livestock barn hours

10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fair hours

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Expo Hall hours

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lake County Farm Heritage Society

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Midwest camel and pony rides

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Miller's Petting Zoo

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Selfie station

Noon, 3, 5:30 p.m. Kidbuck$ Game Show

12:30, 2:30, 3:30, 6 p.m. Pig races

1, 5, 7 p.m. Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show

1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m. Niels Duinker comedy juggler

2, 4, 6:30 p.m. John Measner Magic Show

3 p.m. Beekeeper demonstration

3-5 p.m. Beer tent bingo

5 p.m. Svelte Bobby and the Soulfixers perform

5 p.m. Edgar Gabriel's Stringfusion performs

5 p.m. Motocross

5 p.m. Monster truck track party

5:30 p.m. Livestock costume contest

6 p.m. Little & Junior Miss Lake County Fair Queen Pageant

7 p.m. Monster truck show

8 p.m. Libido Funk Circus performs

Friday, July 298 a.m. to 10 p.m. Livestock barn hours

10 a.m. to midnight Fair hours

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Expo Hall hours

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lake County Farm Heritage Society

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Midwest camel and pony rides

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Miller's Petting Zoo

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Selfie station

Noon, 3, 5:30 p.m. Kidbuck$ Game Show

12:30, 2:30, 3:30, 6 p.m. Pig races

1 p.m. Gardening in Comfort

1, 5, 7 p.m. Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show

1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m. Niels Duinker comedy juggler

2, 4, 6:30 p.m. John Measner Magic Show

2 p.m. Crazy Cow Relay Race

3-5 p.m. Beer tent bingo

4 p.m. Wichita Jacks perform

5 p.m. Beekeeper demonstration

5 p.m. Roger That performs

6 p.m. Cheese-making demonstration

6:30 p.m. Dancing Queen

7 p.m. Monster truck show

9:30 p.m. Gold Dust Dreams performs

9:30 p.m. Six Speed Tranny performs

Saturday, July 308 a.m. to 10 p.m. Livestock barn hours

10 a.m. to midnight Fair hours

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Expo Hall hours

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lake County Farm Heritage Society

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Midwest camel and pony rides

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Miller's Petting Zoo

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Selfie station

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beer tent bingo

11:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 3:30, 6 p.m. Pig races

Noon, 3, 5:30 p.m. Kidbuck$ Game Show

1 p.m. Q&A and Pageant Class with the Fair Queens

1, 5, 7 p.m. Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show

1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m. Niels Duinker comedy juggler

1:30 p.m. Los Perros Cubanos perform

2, 4, 6:30 p.m. John Measner Magic Show

2 p.m. Livestock auction

3 p.m. Big Brother's Vinyl performs

4 p.m. The Blues 88s Dueling Pianos perform

4 p.m. Gardening in Comfort

5 p.m. Pie-eating contest

5 p.m. Beekeeper demonstration

6 p.m. Tough Trucks: Saturday Night Madness

6 p.m. Dixon Bandits perform

6 p.m. Mead-making demonstration

9 p.m. Shining Star performs

9:30 p.m. Chapel Hill Band performs

Sunday, July 318 a.m. to 5 p.m. Livestock barn hours

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fair hours

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Expo Hall hours

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lake County Farm Heritage Society

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Miller's Petting Zoo

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Midwest camel and pony rides

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Selfie station

10:30, 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2:30, 4:30 p.m. Pig races

11 a.m. Mellencougar performs

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bloody mary bingo

11 a.m. Master Showmanship Class

11 a.m., 1, 4 p.m. Kidbuck$ Game Show

11:30 a.m., 3:30, 6 p.m. John Measner Magic Show

Noon Police Choice Award: Best Doughnut in Lake County

Noon, 3, 5 p.m. Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show

12:30, 2, 5:30 p.m. Niels Duinker comedy juggler

1 p.m. Demolition Derby: Total Destruction

1:30 p.m. Zydeco Voodoo Band performs

2 p.m. Junior talent contest

3 p.m. The Petty Kings perform

4 p.m. Senior talent contest

4 p.m. Chicago Latin Groove Band performs

5 p.m. Peach's Beach Party performs

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