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Lt. Governor Simon announces 2011 State Fair schedule

Posted by Admin On August - 12 - 2011

During the 2011 Illinois State Fair, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will honor the state’s top high school graduates and make history as the first constitutional officer to perform with her own band as part of the State Fair festivities. The Top Scholars Recognition Reception on Sunday, August 14 will gather some of the state’s brightest high school graduates to acknowledge their top academic achievements and extracurricular involvement. Chancellor Susan Koch from the University of Illinois at Springfield will join in the celebration.

On Wednesday, August 17, Lt. Governor Simon will perform the banjo with her band, Loose Gravel. The self-described eclectic blues and boogie band was formed 12 years ago at a backyard barbeque and will make their statewide debut at the Miller Lite tent.

Throughout the 10-day event, Simon will host a mini farmers market and an interactive water display in her state tent. Visitors can also enter a random drawing for a rain barrel, canoe in virtual reality and pose for a photo in Simon’s kayak.

Simon’s tent is located at the intersection of Brian Raney Avenue and Main Street, across from the Emmerson Building. The State Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Friday, August 12 to Sunday, August 21.

EVENT: Local Officials Day remarks

DATE: Saturday, August 13

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Director’s Lawn, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield

CONTACT: Kara Beach, 217-670-9210

EVENT: Top Scholar Recognition Reception

DATE: Sunday, August 14

TIME: 12:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Director’s Lawn, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield

CONTACT: Kara Beach, 217-670-9210

EVENT: Loose Gravel performance

DATE: Wednesday, August 17

TIME: 4 to 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Miller Lite Tent, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield

CONTACT: Kathryn Phillips, 312-485-1529

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