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Twilight Parade

Each year, the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade marches proudly through Springfield, announcing the annual eleven day showcase of Illinois agriculture and entertainment. This year, the gates open at 7:00 a.m. with the parade beginning on August 8th at 5:30 p.m..  The theme for 2024 Illinois State Fair is "It's Showtime!"

ABOUT OPENING DAY:  Opening day of the Illinois State Fair is Thursday, August 8.  This is County Fairs & Horse Racing Day and we have a full slate of entertainment and activities planned for you to enjoy.  Opening Day admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 seniors, and children ages 12 and under are free. All carnival rides, including those in Adventure Village, will be open by 12:00 p.m. 

Please note:  Admission prices do vary from day to day with various promotions offered throughout the fair.  Be sure to check our Admissions page for more information.  

Become a Part of the Parade

There is something for both young and old in the parade – from marchers to riders on horseback and you too can be a part of the fun. The Illinois State Fair is looking for groups who are interested in participating in the parade.  The deadline to enter the 2024 parade is July 8th. 

Parade Rules

Parade Entry Form