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Grounds FREE Entertainment

​The list of grounds entertainment for the 2024 Illinois State Fair is not available at this time. Please check back at a later date. 

Shows You Won't Want To Miss

The Magic Bean Agriculture Magic Show

From the “farm to the kitchen” teaches kids just where our food comes from in a unique learning educational entertainment blend. With lots of audience participation, this show promotes agriculture for all ages.

Free performances daily - Adventure Village Stage. 
Mon - Fri:   2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 pm
Sat - Sun: 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

The BMX PROS Trick Team

Entertaining for people of all ages! Watch as the team warms up the crowd with amazing choreographed stunts, both in the air and on the ground. As the show generates enthusiasm, the performers begin to reach the sky off the huge ramps and the announcer keeps the audience yelling for more! The show comes to a climax when the riders spin 360 degree turns in mid­air and finish with gravity defying back flips. The BMX PROS Trick Team is a must see to believe event!

Daily 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 pm
(except Thursday August 8, - 2:00, 4:00 & 7:00 pm)

Nathan’s Spray Monay

Nathan Bassett is known as “Spray Monay – Rattle Can Ninja of the Midwest”.  His spray paint art is a “live performance art” which can be best experienced LIVE as he paints a picture in about 5 minutes while playing energetic music.  

Located on Central Ave.
Performances throughout the day

Sky High Balloon Guy

A professional stilt walker that will take you to new heights with witty humor and charisma that can entertain crowds and make an impact you will never forget!  Sky High Balloon Guy is also a balloon twister with many years of experience that can make just about anything you can imagine!

Roving the Fairgrounds Daily

Adventure Village Pavilion - Noon - 6 pm

The Cutest Show On Earth

This is a high energy show designed to get family members playing together.  Kids dress up and become Star Performers in a live theater experience!  Each show features kids of all ages chosen from the audience 10 minutes before show time.  While entertaining to every age, The Cutest Show on Earth has a higher purpose to build confidence and creative muscle in the next generation.  Join in the enthusiastic rounds of applause for the power of kids’ imaginations!

Adventure Village Stage 1:30, 3:30 & 5:30 pm

Big Top Adventures

Step right up! Step right up!  You won’t believe your eyes, as Happy Hollow is transformed into a 900-seat big top circus!  A spectacular showcase awaits with acts from jugglers, clowns, trapeze artists and so much more. 

Free performances daily in Happy Hollow: 
1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Watershow Productions High Dive Show

Divers from the World renowned Watershow Productions Dive Team will be WOW’ing fairgoers right in the middle of the fairgrounds on Main St. & Central Avenue.  It is a high-performance show consisting of many dynamic dives. The acrobatic divers jump from heights of 3, 6, 9 and 25 meters with so much skill that it leaves you breathless, especially since the pool is only 8 meters in diameter and only 3 meters deep! This performance offers serious and comical dives with one or more acrobats at a time, up to five divers at once.

Mon - Fri:  3:30,  5:30  &  8:00 pm
Sat. - Sun:  12:30,  3:30,  5:30  &  8:00 pm


Come witness mind-expanding miracles and sophisticated fun with Kardenni the Magician. Check out his unique style of magic that is exceptionally amazing, funny, effective and original.

Prepare to be amazed!

Lincoln Stage. 5:00 & 7:00 pm
Roving 1:00 & 3:00 pm

JUMP! The Ultimate Dog Show

This is a fast paced , fun filled Canine Thrill show from Las Vegas that showcases Incredible Dogs performing Incredible Stunts such as Frisbee , High Jump , weave pole Racing and Dock Diving ! Plenty of novel pet tricks and crowd participation ! 

 All of the Pet Stars have been rescued from Shelters from all over the US! It’s a MUST SEE event !!! 

Daily Shows 2:00, 4:00 & 6:00 pm
(except Thursday, August 8, - 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 pm)


Like real-life Transformers, roll with these imaginative costume creations that morph from car to robot and back again.

Roving the Fairgrounds