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Camping Rules & Regulation

Fair Entry

  • Campground fees do not include admission to the Fair
  • Those arriving on or after August 8, 2024, will be required to pay Fair admission.
  • One vehicle parking placard will be provided with each campsite and must be displayed prominently on dash. Failure to do so may result in vehicle removal at owners’ expense, even if the vehicle has a valid placard.
  • Additional vehicles must purchase a parking placard upon arrival at the campground office and park in designated parking lot.
  • Lost or stolen parking placards will not be replaced
  • Starting August 8, 2024, campers leaving the Fairgrounds and planning to return that same day must have their hand stamped upon exit, or they will be required to pay Fair admission fee upon returning.

Camping Policies & Rules:

  • Must check in at Campground office upon arrival BEFORE parking at your camping spot.
  • Check in is at 3:00 pm
  • Check out is 12:00 pm – any camper not checked out by noon on their last day will be charged for another night.
  • PERMIT MUST BE DISPLAYED: Campers not displaying their permit will be issued a 24-hour warning. After the 24-hour warning, those still not displaying the permit placard will be subject to tow at the owner’s expense, even if the camper has a valid permit
  • Camping is only permitted in campground areas designated by the State Fair Manager.
  • Camping fees are $50 per night
  • Tent camping fees are $25 per night (does not include electricity or water), includes one campground parking placard.
  • Visa, Mastercard, Discover, money order or cash are acceptable forms of payment. A processing fee will be applied to all Credit Card payments. Checks will be accepted up to July 1, 2024.
  • If you arrive prior to or depart after your scheduled reservation date, you will be charged for each additional night(s).
  • Reservations are only accepted on-line unless approved by State Fair Office
  • One (1) campsite per exhibitor and/or family
  • Priority will be given to Vendors / Concessionaires and Livestock Superintendents.
  • Livestock entrants initially requesting to stay 6 nights or longer will then be given priority. Placement is based on your initial request; you may not reduce your stay.
  • One (1) campsite per exhibitor and/or family.
  • Priority will be given to Vendors / Concessionaires and Livestock Superintendents.  Livestock entrants requesting to stay 6 nights or longer will then be given priority. Placement is based on your initial request; you may not reduce your stay.
  • Previous year livestock entries will be checked to verify registration and participation.  Livestock entries will be checked after entry deadlines. If entries have not been made, we reserve the right to revoke and remove your camping site. There will be NO REFUNDS if rules are violated.
  • It is prohibited to transfer a campsite to a third party. Using a reservation made by someone else will result in both parties being prohibited from booking future camping reservations.
  • July 1st is the last day to cancel reservation and receive a full refund. NO REFUNDS will be issued after July 1.
  • Those not assigned a campsite will be put on a waitlist and e-mailed indicating such.
  • Waitlist: as/if additional spots become available, people on the waitlist will be contacted in the order they were placed on the waitlist, between July 1 & August 1.  If placed, you will have 3 days to respond and make payment.
  • Supply vehicles are not permitted in the campgrounds.
  • NO Camping is allowed in designated supply lots.
  • All sites have guaranteed 30-amp service. There are some 50-amp sites but no guarantee. It is the camper’s responsible for being prepared for either.
  • No awnings allowed on asphalt campsites
  • Dump station, showers and restrooms are in the campground area
  • Patrons with golf cars must adhere to the rules and regulations of the Illinois State Fair including permits, which are issued by the Credentials Office. You must be a licensed and insured driver to operate any motorized vehicle including golf cars, scooters, cars & trucks. Violators will answer to the Illinois State Police on the premises. Violators may also be prohibited from booking future camping reservations or renting golf cars.
  • All campsites must be kept clean and free of trash.
  • Please dispose of trash in the provided receptacles
  • The use/possession of Segways/hoverboards is strictly prohibited during the Illinois State Fair
  • Fires and grills: Open fires are prohibited. Charcoal, gas, and electric grills are permitted. Covered fire pits, one foot above the ground, will be allowed unless there is a burn ban in effect.
  • Generator use is not permitted
  • Please report any unlawful activity to the Illinois State Police
  • ADA accessible camping sites are limited. Campers requesting such a site must provide verification of need, which can include a copy of a non-expired license plate and/or placard.
  • Pets are permitted at the campgrounds but must be always leashed and are not permitted outside the campgrounds. Owners are responsible for pets’ actions and cleanup / disposal of waste. Unruly or aggressive pets will not be tolerated and may be required to leave the Fairgrounds. There will be no refund in such an instance.