State Fair is "Making Memories"

State Fair is "Making Memories"

Latest: 10:12 pm, 8/8/14, Friday SPRINGFIELD -- A big crowd showed up for the official kick-off at the State Fair.
Latest: 10:12 pm, 8/8/14, Friday
SPRINGFIELD -- A big crowd showed up for the official kick-off at the State Fair. The festival runs ten days. Something new this year? American Idol auditions. Old favorites like the butter cow and car racing will be returning.

This year's theme is "Making Memories." It's something the fair queen says she's been doing for years. Last year, nearly one million people attended the fair. It runs through August 17.
Update: 6:03 pm, 8/8/14, Friday
SPRINGFIELD -- The State Fair is full of surprises this year. One of the new events is American Idol auditions. Allie Keck, of Neoga, auditioned four times for the show and says she enjoyed the change. The event starts again Saturday, at 10 am. Those auditioning need to register near the carnival midway on the fairgrounds.
Original: 5:49 pm, 8/6/14, Wednesday
SPRINGFIELD -- The State Fair isn't just offering rides. People who show up this weekend have a chance at becoming the next American Idol. Auditions take place Friday and Saturday from 10 - 5. Only people between the ages of 15 - 28 can try out.

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