There was a lot of new fun to be had this time around – with the addition of a parade featuring clowns, goats and music; and a graffiti artist, painting a mural on a blank building.
“He’s doing a wonderful job over at the Grand Stand – giving it new life and a new story on it and it’s beautiful the work he is doing on it and it will be something we can enjoy for years to come,” said Jim McGuire, Fair Manager of the DuPage County Fair Association.
8 old favorites can still be found as well: like the petting zoo, pig races, and of course, the 4-H club members showing off their best work.
“People who raise animals, hobbies, talents, artists it’s all on display here and it’s your neighbors. It’s the whole community coming together to share our talents and celebrate our differences and that’s what makes a fair so unique and different,” McGuire said.
To keep the spirit of the fair alive in DuPage County hundreds of volunteers join the board to put on the event, and preparations are already underway for the next one.
“It’s a lot of planning, there is a lot of work that goes into it. We have a full time staff on the fairgrounds and we’re not only doing the fair we are doing all of the events for the year. So it’s a year round endeavor in the last two months we really ramp it up and add about 300 volunteers on a daily basis to help us get done what we need to get done,” said McGuire.
The DuPage county fair runs 8 am till 11 pm until July 31st.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.
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