Illinois State Fair

Take the Ag Tour at the Illinois State Fair!

You know that summer is winding down when it is state  fair time.  My grandkids start school early next week and when we had a chance to hit the state fair today, we took it.  Time with them is fleeting, these days they actually still like us and going places with us so we are […]

2016 Illinois State Fair Preview, get ready.

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  It’s always a whirlwind, the Preview Day, the Twilight Parade, the Butter Cow, then the fair!  This year’s preview day had a few great additions they mentioned.  There is a new free APP for the Illinois State Fair that has a map, a food finder, and event listing.  As someone directionally challenged, the map […]


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The Illinois state Fair is just around the corner.  If you love coming out to the antique tractor exhibit, read on, we have some important information to share.  Every year we try to take one of our Graham Bradley’s to the fair, it is a chance to help share agricultural history, by bringing a variety […]

Midwest Charity Horse Show Comes to Springfield

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I admit, I am not a horse woman, but today when I visited the Illinois State Fair Grounds to cover the ribbon cutting celebrating 75 years for the Midwest Charity Horse Show, I was reminded all over again why the fair grounds and this event is a big deal.  Dignitaries galore were at the ribbon […]

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  For years I have stopped at Peases Candy Shoppes.  For years I stopped at the Laurel location in Springfield and would buy penny candy and put it in paper bags for the kids when they were young. Later I would buy candy apples for my husband Keith when he was in the fields. and […]