This year the DuPage County Fair features some new attractions while still staying true to their country roots.
While pig races and carnival rides are still favorites, the fair association recognizes the need to keep up with the times
“Obviously we are no longer an agricultural community however we all have a tie to agriculture, we all start our day with a nice breakfast and end it with a big bowl of ice cream and that’s agriculture, our mission is to tell the story of agriculture,” said Jim McGuire, President of the DuPage County Fair Association.
The story is told through demonstrations as well as interactive displays, even allowing kids to milk Molly, a fake cow. Families can enjoy a day together while learning the importance of farming.
“It’s just good, wholesome, Americana fun,” Dan Cronin told Naperville News.
New to the fair is The Wild World of Animals, a show featuring pythons, crocodiles and a 100-year-old turtle!
Fair goers can also enjoy an all-new train exhibit put on by The Valley Model Railroad Association where they can operate model trains through a small-scale town of Wheaton.
But the heart and soul of the annual fair are the 4 – H Clubs, members show off projects from fine art displays to animals they have raised.
“It’s amazing to see what kids can do, when I was little I would feed my calf and it was amazing to see a little kid control a huge animal, its like woah, look at what these kids can do,” 4-H Member, Anna Ochab said.
Each member that participates takes away a lot more than a ribbon
“I used to be really quiet and afraid to speak out,” said Emily Laffey “4-H taught me to just go and do it!”
The DuPage County Fair runs daily from10 am to 10 pm until July 28th.
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