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Images: #TBT Gallery revisits DuPage County Fair

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When we think of going to the county fair, most of us think of farm animals, tasty food and carnival rides.

The DuPage County Fair has had those experiences and more since 1955 when DuPage County was 85 percent farmland. Now, most of that farmland is gone making the DuPage County Fair the only county fair in an urban area.

The fair is a great place for suburban kids to see all sorts of farm animals up close such as cows, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens and more.

Over the years the DuPage County Fair has be a host to rodeos, fair queen pageants, demolition derbies, carnivals and top-level entertainment including the likes of Wille Nelson in 1995 and Ted Nugent in 2002.

This year the fair runs July 26-30 at the fairgrounds in Wheaton and will include a carnival, rodeo and demolition derby with headline entertainment including David Nail and Rachel Platten.

In this gallery of historical images from the DuPage County Fair, you will find photos of fair queens from the 1960s, children and adults alike enjoying the carnival rides and getting up-close looks at farm animals in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Ellyn Peska, 16 of Glen Ellyn is crowned Miss DuPage Country Fair queen 1965.
  Ellyn Peska, 16 of Glen Ellyn is crowned Miss DuPage Country Fair queen 1965.
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Miss Bensenville State Bank Sharon Hedeen, 18 was the first runner up in the 1965 DuPage County Fair queen contest.
  Miss Bensenville State Bank Sharon Hedeen, 18 was the first runner up in the 1965 DuPage County Fair queen contest.
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Kids take a ride in a "rocket ship" during the 1967 DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.
  Kids take a ride in a "rocket ship" during the 1967 DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.
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Hand and hand a pair check out the Ferris wheel a the 1967 DuPage County Fair.
  Hand and hand a pair check out the Ferris wheel a the 1967 DuPage County Fair.
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Young visitors ride rocket ships during the 1970 DuPage County Fair.
  Young visitors ride rocket ships during the 1970 DuPage County Fair.
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A cow sport a hat for Illinois U.S. Senator Ralph Tyler Smith during the 1970 DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.
  A cow sport a hat for Illinois U.S. Senator Ralph Tyler Smith during the 1970 DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.
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Three young girls get an up close look at a goose during the 1970 DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.
  Three young girls get an up close look at a goose during the 1970 DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.
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Visitors get a thrill riding on a roller coast at the 1970 DuPage County Fair
  Visitors get a thrill riding on a roller coast at the 1970 DuPage County Fair
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Horse riding competition at the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
  Horse riding competition at the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
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Visitors take a ride on a roller coaster at the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
  Visitors take a ride on a roller coaster at the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
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A balloon toting clown in a fire hat walks the board walk of the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
  A balloon toting clown in a fire hat walks the board walk of the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
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Visitors get a thrill riding on a roller coast at the 1970 DuPage County Fair
  Visitors get a thrill riding on a roller coast at the 1970 DuPage County Fair
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An artist shows off his airbrush skills by making a 57 Chevy tee shirt during 1970 DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.
  An artist shows off his airbrush skills by making a 57 Chevy tee shirt during 1970 DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.
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The Mouse Game at the 1967 DuPage County Fair.
  The Mouse Game at the 1967 DuPage County Fair.
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Visitors the 1967 DuPage County Fair look over some of the prize winning flowers.
  Visitors the 1967 DuPage County Fair look over some of the prize winning flowers.
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Visitors the 1967 DuPage County Fair play a ring toss game.
  Visitors the 1967 DuPage County Fair play a ring toss game.
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Visitors the 1967 DuPage County Fair play carnival game.
  Visitors the 1967 DuPage County Fair play carnival game.
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A couple of young girls stand in front of the Ferris wheel a the 1967 DuPage County Fair.
  A couple of young girls stand in front of the Ferris wheel a the 1967 DuPage County Fair.
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Visitors stroll around the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
  Visitors stroll around the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
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Horse riding competition at the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
  Horse riding competition at the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
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Visitors watch a craftsman show off his skills at the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
  Visitors watch a craftsman show off his skills at the 1969 DuPage County Fair.
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Carnival rides at the 1969 DuPage County Fair
  Carnival rides at the 1969 DuPage County Fair
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Just as today cows are a part of the 1969 DuPage County Fair
  Just as today cows are a part of the 1969 DuPage County Fair
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In 1970 feeding animals at the DuPage County Fair was still as fun as it is in 2017.
  In 1970 feeding animals at the DuPage County Fair was still as fun as it is in 2017.
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In 1970 feeding animals at the DuPage County Fair was still as fun as it is in 2017.
  In 1970 feeding animals at the DuPage County Fair was still as fun as it is in 2017.
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In 1970 feeding animals at the DuPage County Fair was still as fun as it is in 2017.
  In 1970 feeding animals at the DuPage County Fair was still as fun as it is in 2017.
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The DuPage County Fair and mobile housing for the carnival staff in 1989.
  The DuPage County Fair and mobile housing for the carnival staff in 1989.
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