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Guide to the 2012 DuPage County Fair

The DuPage County Fair starts Wednesday, July 25 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds and ends Sunday, July 29.

The annual begins Wednesday, July 25 and ends Sunday, July 29 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton.

The fair hours are 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. The Ag-Ventureland hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and the beer tent hours are 4-11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 12-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12-10 p.m. Sunday.

Prices

General admission

General admission does not include some entertainment, including Kip Moore,  Spirits of DuPage, Moto Cross and the International Demolition Derby.

  • Adults: $8
  • Children (3-12): $3
  • Children (2 and under): Free
  • Seniors: 62 and older are free until 3 p.m. July 25-27

Special: Admission for children ages 3-12 is $1 on Wednesday.

Season pass: $25 for all five days of the fair

For more specials and information on pricing, visit the DuPage County Fair website.

Schedule

The following list is the schedule of events for the 2012 DuPage County Fair:

Wednesday

  • 10 a.m.: Reptiles – Jr. competition – South end of Exhibition Bldg.
  • 11 a.m.: Flag Raising Ceremony – North side of Exhibition Bldg. DuPage County Marines will post colors. West Suburban Home School Band will provide music. Amanda Copotelli will sing National Anthem.
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Christmas in July – Friends of the DuPage County Fair –
  • 1:30 p.m.: Café Crops of Illinois – Ag Ed Tent
  • 2 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 2-8 p.m.: Busy Fingers Workshop – Home Ec. Bldg.
  • 3 p.m.: Double Vision – Ag Ed Tent
  • 4 p.m.: Beer and Wine Tent Open
  • 4 p.m.: Radio Disney Road Crew
  • 4 p.m.: Amanda Copotelli – Beer Tent
  • 4 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed tent
  • 4-7 p.m.: 98.3 WCCQ—Live, remote
  • 4:30 p.m.: Asociacion De Charros – Caminos de Guanajuato Team – Horse Show in Horse Arena True Hearts of Rottweiler Rescue - Dog Adoption Area Double Vision – Beer Tent
  • 5-9 p.m.: Orientation – “Shoot-Out Contest”- Home Ec. Bldg. “Shoot Out Contest” sponsored by PJ Camera & Photo Supply and The Daily Herald
  • 5 p.m.: Exotic Animal Show - Ag Ed Tent
  • 5 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 5:30 p.m.: AVM Band – Beer Tent
  • 5:30 p.m.: Double Vision – Ag Ed Tent
  • 6 p.m.: Asociacion De Charros – Caminos de Guanajuato Team – Horse Show in Horse Arena
  • 8 p.m.: KIP MOORE - Grandstand ($20)
  • 9:30 p.m.: Billy Croft & the 5 Alarm Band – Beer Tent

Thursday

  • 10 a.m.: Reptiles – Adult competition – South end of Exhibition Bldg.
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m.: Farmers Market - Cafe
  • 10 a.m.: WRMN    Live remote -
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Busy Fingers Workshop – Home Ec. Bldg.
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Christmas in July – Friends of the DuPage County Fair – Café
  • 1:30 p.m.: Crops of Illinois – Ag Ed Tent
  • 2 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 2-6 p.m.: Bombshell Bullies Pit Bull Rescue – Dog Adoption Area
  • 3 p.m.: Double Vision – Ag Ed Tent
  • 4 p.m.: Beer and Wine Tent Open
  • 4 p.m.: Amanda Copotelli – Beer Tent
  • 4 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed tent
  • 4:30 p.m.: Asociacion De Charros – Caminos de Guanajuato Team – Horse Show in Horse Arena
  • 5 p.m.: Double Vision – Beer Tent
  • 5-9 p.m.: Illinois Bird Dog Rescue – Dog Adoption Area
  • 5-7 p.m.: Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction Sign-up – Swine Barn
  • 5-8 p.m.: Flowers, Vegetables and Flower Arrangement Exhibits check-in and judging for Friday show. This portion of bldg. will be off limits from 5-8pm – Home Ec. Bldg.
  • 5:30 p.m.: Exotic Animal Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 6 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 6 p.m.: Jimena Rivas with Grupo Rival and DJ Mago Mixx playing music between band changes.
  • 7 p.m.: Double Vision – Ag Ed Tent
  • 7 p.m.: Festival de Musica – Grandstand Conjunto Atardecer & Banda la Chacaloza de Jerez, Zac. ($10)
  • 7:30 p.m.: Asociacion De Charros – Caminos de Guanajuato Team – Horse Show in Horse Arena
  • 9 p.m.: Tomorrow’s Alliance – Beer Tent

Friday

  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m.: County Craft Faire & Farmers Market – Café Bldg.
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Christmas in July – Friends of the DuPage County Fair - Cafe
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Dunkin Donuts Sampling Van
  • 12 p.m.: Beer & Wine Tent Open – Beer Tent
  • 12 p.m.: Amanda Copotelli – Beer Tent
  • 12 p.m.: Radio Disney Road Crew
  • 12 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 1 p.m.: Double Vision – Beer Tent
  • 1:30 p.m.: Crops of Illinois – Ag Ed Tent
  • 2 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 2-6 p.m.: DuPage County Animal Care & Control – Dog Adoption Area
  • 3 p.m.: “Happy Daze Show,” Step ‘n Time Dancers – Beer Tent
  • 3-8 p.m.: Embroidery Guild, “Make-It, Take-It” Workshop - Home Ec. Bldg.
  • 4:30 p.m.: Exotic Animal Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 4:30 p.m.: Paul Avers Band – Beer Tent
  • 5 p.m.: Double Vision – Ag Ed Tent
  • 5-9 p.m.: Annie’s Little Angels – Dog Adoption Area
  • 6 p.m.: Flea Circus – Ag Ed Tent
  • 6:30-9:30 p.m.: “Spirits of DuPage” Beer & Wine Tasting Event with Appetizers and featuring Back Country Roads Band – Fundraising event to benefit Friends of the DuPage County Fair.($40)
  • 7 p.m.: Agricadabra MagicShow–AgEdTent
  • 7 p.m.: Double Vision – roving at “Spirits of DuPage” Event - Grandstand
  • 9:30 p.m.: Red Woody – Beer Tent

Saturday

  • 8 a.m.: Open Class Horse Show –Horse Show Ring
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m.: County Craft Faire & Farmers Market–Café Bldg.
  • 10 a.m.: My Best Salsa Contest – Beer Tent
  • 10 a.m.: Talent Contest – Ag Ed Tent
  • 11 a.m-5 p.m.: Christmas in July – Friends of the DuPage County Fair – Café
  • 11 a.m-5 p.m.: Busy Fingers Workshop – Home Ec. Bldg.
  • 11 a.m: My Best Salad Contest – Beer Tent
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: PACT Humane Society – Dog Adoption Area
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: K-Hits Promotions Team Beer & Wine Tent Open – Beer Tent
  • 12 p.m.: St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Event – Beer Tent
  • 12 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 12 p.m.: Talent Show Awards Ceremony – Ag Ed Tent
  • 12:30 p.m.: Harp Twins – Beer Tent
  • 1 p.m.: Register for Watermelon Eating Contest–Fair Information Window Crops of Illinois – Ag Ed Tent
  • 1 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 1 p.m.: FMX-US Freestyle MOTOCROSS Championship Series – Grandstand (Sarah Lemond will sing National Anthem)($7)
  • 2 p.m.: Double Vision – Beer Tent (performing between MotoCross events)
  • 3 p.m.: Flea Circus – Ag Ed Tent
  • 3:30 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 3-5 p.m.: The Loop Street Team Door #3 Band – Beer Tent
  • 4 p.m.: Watermelon Eating Contest – West side of Exhibition Bldg.
  • 4-7 p.m.: Illinois Bird Dog Rescue – Dog Adoption Area
  • 4:30 p.m.: Exotic Animal Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 5 p.m.: Antique Tractor Parade - Midway
  • 6 p.m.: Flea Circus – Ag Ed Tent
  • 6:30 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 7 p.m.: FMX-US Freestyle MOTOCROSS Championship Series –    Grandstand (Sarah Lemond will sing National Anthem)
  • 7 p.m.: Cloggin’ Craze – Beer Tent (between Moto Cross events)
  • 8 p.m.: Fluid Impulse Band – Ag Ed Tent
  • 8:45 p.m.: DeBe Band – Beer Tent

Sunday

  • 8 a.m.: Open Class Horse Show – Horse Show Ring
  • 9 a.m.: Church Service - Ag Ed Tent (Free admission until 9am with donation of canned goods for the Needy)
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m.: County Craft Faire & Farmers Market – Café Bldg.
  • 11 a.m.: My Best Lasagna Contest – Beer Tent
  • 11 a.m.: My Best Ghirardelli Chocolate Dessert Contest – Beer Tent
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Christmas in July – Friends of the DuPage County Fair - Cafe
  • 11 a.m.: Flea Circus – Ag Ed Tent
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: It’s a Pittie Rescue – Dog Adoption Area
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Busy Fingers Workshop – Home Ec. Bldg.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 12 p.m.: Registration for “Pedal Pull” – Livestock Show Ring
  • 12 p.m.: Beer & Wine Tent Open
  • 12 p.m.: Double Vision - Ag Ed Tent
  • 12:30 p.m.: Harp Twins – Beer Tent
  • 12:30 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 1 p.m.: “Pedal Pull” Contest – Livestock Show Ring- Sponsored by Wheatland Plowing Match Association
  • 1:30 p.m.: Crops of Illinois – Ag Ed Tent
  • 2 p.m.: DEMOLITION DERBY – Grandstand (Amanda Copotelli will sing National Anthem)
  • 2 p.m.: Rock Star Rodeo – Beer Tent (between Demo Derby heats)
  • 2 p.m.: “Prize Partners” Awards Ceremony – Ag Ed Tent
  • 4 p.m.: Trinity Irish Dancers – Beer Tent
  • 4 p.m.: Awards Program for 4-H and Open Class Champions–Ag Ed Tent
  • 4-7 p.m.: Cry for Help Rescue – Dog Adoption Area
  • 5 p.m.: Antique Tractor Parade - Midway
  • 5 p.m.: DLD Dance Center - Dance Troupe – Beer Tent
  • 5-8 p.m.: Open Class Premium Checks available in Open Class Office
  • 5:30 p.m.: Exotic Animal Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 6 p.m.: Agricadabra Magic Show – Ag Ed Tent
  • 6 p.m.: Double Vision – Beer Tent
  • 6 p.m.: Large Livestock Release – Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Goats & Swine
  • 7 p.m.: DEMOLITION DERBY– Grandstand (Amanda Copotelli will sing National Anthem)
  • 7 p.m.: DuPage Band – Beer Tent (between & after Demo Derby heats)
  • 8 p.m.: Release of Poultry & Rabbits
  • 8-9:30 p.m.: Release of 4-H, junior and adult open class exhibits
  • 9 p.m.: Release of Commercial Exhibits

Judging schedule for animals

Date Time Animal Wednesday, July 25 8 a.m. Sheep—4-H followed by Jr. open class in tent show ring

8:30 a.m. Poultry—4-H followed by Jr. open class in poultry barn
Thursday, July 26 9 a.m. Dairy goats—4-H followed by Jr. open class in goat barn
9 a.m. Swine—4-H followed by Jr. open class in livestock show ring
5-7 p.m. Sign up for Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction in Swine Barn Friday, July 27 8 a.m. Sheep—Open class in tent show ring
8 a.m. Dairy cattle—4-H followed by Jr. open and open class in livestock show ring
8:30 a.m. Rabbits—4-H followed by Jr. open class
2 p.m. Beef cattle—Open class, in livestock show ring Saturday, July 28 8:30 a.m. Swine—Open class, in livestock show ring
9 a.m. Dairy Goats—Open class in goat barn

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