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Illinois Dept. of Agriculture Tent

Corner of Main Street and Central Avenue

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.  Daily * (Closes at 6 p.m. the last Sunday, Aug. 18)

Harvest the Fun

Agriculture is Illinois’ #1 industry! At the Illinois Department of Agriculture Tent, we’re honoring the “Harvest the Fun” state fair theme by celebrating the crops, products and producers that build this critical foundation of our Illinois economy.

Come on in to buy an apple cider slushie or enjoy other fresh produce for sale, purchase a bag full of Illinois Products, listen to farmer tales, have the kids play with our “farm stands,” or grab a rocking chair and relax on our front porch.

Explore some of these other essentials of Illinois agriculture that you will find the Ag Tent:


  • Illinois Specialty Growers Farm Stand serving apple cider slushies, watermelon, soft-serve ice cream, sweet corn, peaches and more.

  • The 3rd Annual Artisan Market with samples (Aug. 11-13): Cherry Red Roasters BBQ, Central Illinois Bakehouse (baked goods), Fire Department Coffee, Four Score and Seven Ribs Ago BBQ, Fruit of the Spirit Jam & Preserves, Glacier’s End (jelly, jam, sauces), Golden House Bakehouse (baked goods), Michelle’s Minis & More (sweet things), Peter’s Produce, Rolling Lawns Farm (ice cream), Spartan Valley Olive Oil and Umland’s Crunchy Cheese.

  • AgVenture Kids Area

These cows are waiting for kids to come play with them at the Agriculture Tent’s AgVenture Kids Area.

  • Free entertainment (See the schedule below), including the Beagle Brigade, Meet the Farmer and FBI beekeepers.

  • Illinois Association of Meat Processors and Illini Meat Judging Team Showcase of Meat  Processor Award Winners.

  • Illinois Product Store (Aug. 12-18): 
    Angel Buck (mosquito repellant); Creekstone Kettle Works (kettle corn); Donny B’s Popcorn; Boots Beverages (sodas); Fire Department Coffee; Golden Hour Bakehouse (baked goods); Prevail Jerky; Riley’s Spices; Rolling Lawns Farm (milk); Ropp Jersey Cheese; Spiceocity (spices); Turasky’s Meat Sticks; Umland’s Crunchy Cheese; and Uncle Joe’s (rub and BBQ sauce).


The Illinois Products Store inside the Agriculture Tent is brimming with a fun, tasty variety of state-made goods. It will be open Aug. 12-18.

Spin the Wheel to Win! Prizes include Agriculture Tent Cash, Illinois Product Horseradish Hot Sauce, a Free Slushie, a Soybean Stress Reliever or a Buy Local Shirt.

We’ll also have giveaways! Grab an Illinois Product Sticker, Illinois Product Bag or a Pollinator Seed Packet as long as supplies last.

The kids can get crafty with these free activities: Tie Dye Bandanas with AgVenture Badges, paper bag Pig Puppets and paper plate Chickens. Coloring books will be available, too.

Daily Events Schedule

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