An investment of $ 58.1 million planned at the historic Illinois Fair

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (KFVS) – The Illinois Department of Agriculture has launched a $ 58.1 million investment in the historic state fair.

According to a state announcement, from road projects and new roofs to structural repairs of prominent buildings, construction projects are overseen by the Capital Development Council.

“For too long, our fairs did not reflect the magic of the Illinois Fair – so my administration is turning this ship over,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “The $ 58 million infrastructure improvements we’re bringing to the Springfield showrooms – as well as the new funding for Du Quoin – are an investment in the Illinois families who make this holiday what it is. I’m proud to be improving the fairgrounds for generations. forward. ”

The projects will include:

Multifunctional arena

The construction for restoration and renovation of the Multifunctional Arena is underway.

The $ 8.6 million project will repair sidewalks, walls, steps and expansion joints, while repairing electrical systems, re-adjusting the tension structure, installing a new canopy and rebuilding the retaining walls around the facility.

Built in 2000, the Multi-Purpose Arena is a 261,000-square-foot building located on 6 acres of Illinois fairgrounds. The facility is known for hosting national high school rodeo finals, monster truck shows, motorcycle racing, truck and tractor towing and demolition derbies.

The facility will be unusable during the Illinois State Fair in 2022 due to construction.

Outlaw 5J Rodeo: Bares, Broncs and Bull Riding will be rescheduled for September 25 at the Colosseum. The drone competition at STEAM Expo is scheduled to take place on Friday, August 19 at the podium. The ITPA Truck and Tractor Towing Derby and the Illinois Fair Championship will be held in 2023.

Road improvements

A $ 4.1 million road construction project began in the spring of 2022 to improve road conditions commonly used by non-fair sponsors and exhibitors at state agricultural fairs.

Roads past cattle barns, piggeries and the Flag Alley have been repaired and refurbished to withstand heavy trailer traffic, often used during livestock exhibitions and deliveries to suppliers during the fair.


Following the Illinois State Fair in 2022, construction will resume under the multi-stage project to renovate the Colosseum.

Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2019 and involved dealing with various structural problems related to the 122-year-old facility.

Phase 2 will focus on major electricity repairs, underground plumbing, new seating, new toilets, an elevator and the addition of an HVAC system that will allow heating and cooling of the facility.

The estimated cost for Phase 2 of the renovation of the Colosseum is approximately $ 16.3 million.

Other projects planned for the 23rd financial year include:

  • $ 1.87 million – Replacement of the roof of the junior animal building, the sheepfold, the hobby arts and crafts building and at least three barns along the back
  • $ 11.9 million – replacement of HVAC in the Orr building, the Illinois building, the junior animal building, the artisan building, the arts and crafts building for hobbies and the tribune
  • $ 2.994 million – work at Tuckpoint in grandstand buildings, craftsmen, hobbies, arts and crafts, Emmerson and Block (IDOA headquarters)
  • $ 8 million – Road construction on 8th Street between the IDOA building and the IDNR building and along the back section in the northwest corner of the fair; provides funding for structural improvements of the southern pedestrian tunnel leading to the fair from gate 6 / indoor parking
  • $ 2.585 million – Repairs to improve energy for the Block Building
  • $ 1.7 million – Replacement of the roof and HVAC of the Illinois State Fair Office Building

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