DU QUOIN, Ill. (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Du Quoin State Fair announced improvement projects being made to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
IDOA Director John Sullivan as well as Du Quoin State Fair Manager Josh Gross made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon, June 12.
They said improvements are underway to re-surface Main Street and the loop on the fairgrounds. Costs for the road improvements came in just over $350,000 and are being done by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
IDOT hopes to have the project completed by June 21.
In addition to the road improvements around the fairgrounds, minor structural work is being done on the grandstands and, later in 2019, the Southern Illinois Center will be getting a complete upgrade to the duct work.
“Road and infrastructure improvements on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds were long overdue,” said John Sullivan, director of IDOA. “I want to thank our partners at IDOT for working collaboratively with us to reinvest in the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. We are committed to making the Fairgrounds a great place for people to come every summer and we are committed to putting the resources needed into the fairgrounds knowing what a great economic impact the fair has on Perry and surrounding Counties.”
According to the state, the most recent economic study showed that the Du Quoin State Fair has an annual economic impact of $6 million, including $2 million for wages and salaries, and generates more than $500,000 in sales tax revenue.
State Rep. Terri Bryant issued the following statement on the announcement of $130,000 in grant funding for the repairs.
Admission prices to the fair dropped for 2019. It will now be free to walk through the gates. Parking will be $15 on the fairgrounds and $10 near the SIC.
The announcement comes on the heals of Gross being recently hired to be the Manager of the Du Quoin State Fair.
The 2019 Du Quoin State Fair is August 23 through September 2. The Twilight Parade will kick-off the annual fair Friday, Aug. 23.