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The fully revived Lake County Fair combines old classics with new entertainment to attract the crowd – Shaw Local

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Grayslake-Lake County Fair celebrates its 93rd year this week with old traditions, new twists and new excitement.

Chey Pribel, Event and Marketing Manager at Lake County Fair, said: “We are excited to be back.”

After the 2021 microfair, she says the fair has “returned to normal” this year, and a full slate of the event is planned daily.

The fair will be held at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center on 1060 E. Peterson Road in Grayslake until Sunday, July 31st. Fair hours are Thursday, July 28th, from 10am to 11pm. Friday and Saturday, July 29th and 30th, from 10am to midnight. Sunday, July 31st, 10 am-7pm.

Tickets cost $ 15 for adults (13+), $ 5 for children (6-12) and $ 5 for seniors. Free for children under 5 years old. All stand and arena events are included in the admission fee.

Entertainment includes carnival rides, motorsports, monster truck shows, pig races, dismantling derby, petting zoos, live music and performances, food vendors, beer gardens, talent shows and queen pageants.

With no pandemic restrictions, the fair reappears with historic favorites, hosting on-site 4-H and open-class exhibits and livestock auctions.

“It’s definitely the heart of what makes a fair fair,” Pribel said.

4-H members, along with the Future Farmers of America and independent showmen throughout the county, invest their time and money each year to raise livestock for shows and purchases at the Lake County Fair.

Over the last few years, events have been virtualized.

“Children and adults have literally been working with these animals for months … you can show them at the fair and show off their efforts,” Pribel said. “I can’t believe it.”

Due to the success of virtual events in the past, Fair will hold its first hybrid livestock auction this year, giving people the opportunity to bid both directly and online, Pribel said.

A 4-H partner, the Fair Association also hosts contests in the 4-H category, including crafts, gardening, flowers, cooking, textiles and visual arts.

Another tradition over the years is the Lake County Fair Queen Pageant. Winners of the Miss Lake County Fair Queen, Junior Miss Lake County Fair Queen, and Little Miss Lake County Fair Queen categories represent the county throughout the year.

Generations of families are attracted to these and other events at fairs celebrating the Lake County heritage.

This year, some fresh attractions are studded with old classics.

Featuring a world-class team of dog trainers and their adopted puppies, the Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show will reappear after its debut at the 2019 fair. The show was featured on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2021.

“They plan to have three shows each day, and you can catch multiple times if you want,” Pribel said.

Pribel also hopes that grandstand and arena events such as motocross, dismantling derby, and new monster truck shows will be a big attraction.

“Their show is literally insane,” she said of the addition of a monster truck scheduled for Thursday, July 28th and Friday, July 29th, at 7:00 pm.

Entertainment doesn’t have to be groundbreaking to increase excitement.

Pribel expects small events such as local bands and the new Police Choice Awards: Donut Contest to attract the crowd.

At noon on Sunday, July 31st, at the Blue Ribbon Stage, police judges will select their favorite donuts from Lake County in front of a live audience.

For the full schedule and details of the event, please visit

Known for its thousands of attendees, the organizers want to see the audience come back this year.

“I certainly hope so,” Pribel said. “It’s still confusing these days. I still have friends and family who haven’t attended a big event yet, but I hope many are eager to go out and enjoy the rest of the summer.”