If you want to see what 4-H is all about, make sure to visit the Illinois State Fair. Award-winning 4-H members display their general project work during three amazing days of the Illinois State Fair at the Orr Building. Check out the 4-H members exhibiting in the state fair junior livestock show as they compete for grand champion honors in sheep, goats, swine, dairy, and beef. The Illinois State Fair Junior show welcomes people to the fair early to watch a full week of horse shows. There's never a dull moment during the Illinois State Fair. Make plans to join us!
The best of the best is on display at the 4-H General Project Show at the Illinois State Fair - stay tuned for our 2024 dates! Congratulations to our 2023 Champions, Reserve Champions, and Inspire Award Winners!
Daily Schedule at the Orr Building
- 8:00 – 9:00 AM Project Drop off at the Orr Building
- 9:00 – 3:30 PM Project Judging Interviews until 3:30 PM
- 3:30 PM Projects Released
- 4:30 PM All Projects Must Be Picked Up
2023 County Exhibit Days
Friday, August 11: Christian, Clark, Clay, Cook, Crawford, DeKalb, DuPage, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Jasper, Jersey, Johnson, Kane, Kendall, Livingston, Logan, Macoupin, Massac, McLean, Menard, Montgomery, Ogle, Perry, Pulaski-Alexander, Randolph, Sangamon, Union, Williamson, Woodford
Saturday, August 12: Adams, Bond, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Edwards, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Henderson, Jefferson, Kankakee, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, McDonough, McHenry, Monroe, Morgan, Pike, Pope-Hardin, Richland, Saline, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Will
Sunday, August 13: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Champaign, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Ford, Fulton, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Macon, Marshall-Putnam, Mason, Mercer, Moultrie-Douglas, Peoria, Piatt, Rock Island, Shelby, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Whiteside, Winnebago
Parking at the Fair
Families may buy parking passes at the fairgrounds or park at private lots around the fairgrounds.
Map of the Illinois State Fairgrounds
Need directions? DOWNLOAD A MAP of the fairgrounds.
Click the link to view and/or download the 2023 exhibit guidelines for the State Fair. If you have questions about copyright, please view the Copyright Guidelines document or view our Clover Resources.
4-H Now App
The State Fair Illinois 4-H General Project Show has gone mobile! View the schedule, maps, exhibitor info, and more. Find the app in the iOS and Google Play App Stores or visit https://grandstandsites.com/gs?c=Illinois_4-H. Or view App Download Instructions (en Español también) for more information.
First-time Fairgoer Brochure
for more information on what to expect! Learn more about Conference Judging Information for the 4-H Family Course. You will be asked to login, but just choose "login as a guest."
Volunteer at State Fair
2023 volunteer opportunities coming soon! Learn more about the process with the Judges Orientation. You will be asked to login, but just choose "login as a guest."