The ribbon was worn for the laying of the cornerstone of the Exposition Building (www.agr.state.il.us/fair/state/groundsbuildings), the oldest building on the Fairgrounds, notes State Fair Historian Tom Fitch. It was also in 1894 that the State Fair found a home in Springfield, having previously travelled to different locales around the state each year.
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"We've got them all on display and we're so glad to have them," says Fitch. "There is a story behind [these objects] with people and the support they got from family and teachers and 4H leaers and friends."
The Illinois State Fair Museum (www.statefairmuseum.org) accepts donations of older (and newer!) Fair-related historical materials. To donate, bring the materials to the Museum (located under at the Grandstand) or call them at (217) 725-8047. The museum is operated by the State Fair Museum Foundation, whose mission it is to educate the public about the Fair's history and the role it plays in the lives of Illinois residents through the years.