The 2013 Lake County Fair is open for business with new spectator competitions

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It’s one of my favorite celebrations of the year – the 85th annual Lake County Fair has opened the gates, ready to welcome in thousands of visitors to see all the area has to offer. There are livestock competitions galore, carnival rides, the monkey jockeys are back, along with plenty of things to eat.

For our annual report, we tagged along with the fair’s director of competitions Matt Campbell. He’s a “carnival barker” of sorts, a guy who wanders around the crowd challenging visitors to compete in all kinds of silly games. We’re talking things like blowing the biggest bubble gum bubble, spitting sunflower seeds as far as you can, Name That Tune on kazoo, and thumb wrestling matches. The idea is EVERYBODY has the chance to leave the fair a winner, even if you forgot to enter your livestock or missed the signup for the Sasquatch Calling Competition (yes, that really happens).

We’ll post my story here after it airs. Here’s more on the fair…

2013 Lake County Fair | Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake | July 24-28 | Adults $8 Wed-Fri, $10 Sat-Sun, Kids 6-12 $5 Daily, Kids 5-under FREE | 847-680-7200 |

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    • razzboo

      They are like the Illinois Nazis from The Blues Brothers; They won their court case.
      That was a major buzz kill!
      I haven't heard anything about them showing up this year.
      Let's hope they don't!
      If they do, I will surely be avoiding it in the future!

      • darrenk

        I can't agree more!
        The county fair is for having fun, good food and buying commodities at deep discounts, not for airing out politics and religion…
        That is what facebook and twitter is for.