The animals arriving Tuesday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds didn't exactly enter two by two -- despite all the recent rain -- but they certainly could have filled a good-sized ark.
There were cows and pigs, chickens and rabbits, sheep and goats. You could see them, you could hear them and, truth be told, you could smell them as they settled into what will be their homes for the next five days as the county fair returns to its familiar surroundings at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton.
The animal stars of the show will be all spruced up and ready to go when the fair officially opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday for a party that runs through Sunday night.
Even if the thought of all that livestock makes your eyes water and your nose twitch, there will be plenty else to do at the fair, which includes lots of music -- pop star Rachel Platten and country singer David Nail will perform Friday and Saturday nights, respectively -- food, carnival rides, contests and displays.
And if you prefer hearing the sounds of revving engines to the mooing of happy cows, there will be a pair of demolition derbies on Sunday.
Tickets for the fair are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for kids, with more information available at dupagecountyfair.org.