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Illinois State Fair

Textile Department Winners

(1853-Present)

Susan Wildemuth, Atkinson, IL

I love the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois and we have been there many times thanks to our son’s 4-H efforts as a wee lad. On those trips each of us had a fair favorite – Keith loved the “arena” events (former FFA fellow here), Brian loved the conservation area with its activities and displays, I loved the craft and needle art exhibits - we all loved the music, animals, the food, the merchant hall, and spending time together as a family. 

 

B.C.

Illinois State Fair

Springfield, Illinois

1994

 

As I write this, it is August and state fair time again in Illinois and that got me to thinking about the multitude of men and women, past and present, who entered their textile items in the fair.  This is for them.

 

Textile Department Winners Index

 

1853                    Springfield, Illinois October 11-14, 1853

1854                    Springfield, Illinois September 12-15, 1854

1855                    Chicago, Illinois October 24-26, 1855

1856                    Alton, Illinois September 30 - October 3, 1856

1857

1858

No Fairs:

1862  Peoria - Some Premiums were awarded, but the military took over the fairgrounds for training (Civil War)

1893  Columbian Exposition Chicago World's Fair

1942 thru 1945  U.S. Army used the Springfield Fairgrouns (World War II)

 

(Keep Checking Back this is a Work in Progress)

 

State of Illinois Quilt Square

Bicentennial Quilt

1976

(Parks-Wildemuth Collection)

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Illinois State Fair Museum Contact:

Illinois State Fair Museum
P.O. Box 8718
Springfield, IL 62791
217-415-4408

E-mail:  info@statefairmuseum.org

Web Site: http://www.statefairmuseum.org/

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Special Note: 

Thank you to Jane at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois for pointing me in a direction. 

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