The 146th annual Kane County Fair begins its five-day run at 8 a.m. Wednesday with sheep and poultry judging at the fairgrounds on Randall Road in St. Charles.
Preparations pretty much wrapped up Tuesday under threatening skies, a bit of rain and unseasonably cool temperatures. It was in the 50s early Tuesday.
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"I have never been here when it's been this cold," said Liz Dorn of Campton Hills while washing her family's calves.
The family has 17 animals at the fair.
"It will be good for the animals. They won't be so stressed out," Dorn said.
The midway opens at 3 p.m. Wednesday and it's Customer Appreciation Day, when $15 gets you into the fair plus unlimited rides at the carnival. 7th Heaven performs at 7 p.m. at the Sound Stage.
The fair is open 3 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
For details, visit www.KaneCountyFair.com, or call (630) 584-6926.