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Illinois State Fair begins Thursday

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  • Illinois Department of Agriculture contractor Bryon Tobin works on installing the Happy Hollow entrance sign on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

      Illinois Department of Agriculture contractor Bryon Tobin works on installing the Happy Hollow entrance sign on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
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SPRINGFIELD -- Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to descend on Springfield for the 160th Illinois State Fair.

During the 10-day state fair that begins on Thursday, fair goers will be able to chat with an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, watch the Budweiser Clydesdales and bite into deep-fried Oreo cookies and other treats.

The fair's music series lineup includes performances by country stars Toby Keith and Kip Moore, pop artist Ke$ha, rock musician John Mayer and the band Journey. The grandstand will also be the site of harness racing and auto racing on some days.

Admission to the fair is $7 for adults, $3 for children, with free admission for seniors and veterans on special days.

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