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Coles County Fair Association

603 West Madison Avenue
217-345-2656

History

Since 1854 the Coles County Fair has been held—making it the oldest continuing county fair in the state. However, Coles County has been interested in agricultural fairs since 1841. An association entitled the Coles County Agricultural Society was formed in Charleston on May 24, 1841. The Society held three successive fairs given on October 1, 1841, October 1, 1842 and September 27, 1843. Each fair lasted one day and, as there were no grounds belonging to the association, they were held on the town commons located in the northwest part of Charleston in what was then called “The Woods.” In 1856 the directors of the Coles County Agricultural Society were able to secure about seven acres of elevated land about a mile west from the city of Charleston. They paid a hundred dollars down on it, built a fence around it, dug and curbed a well, and made a list of premiums for the next fair to be held September 24 and 25, 1856.

The Coles County Fair suffered a great disaster Saturday afternoon, May 26, 1917 when a terrific tornado demolished the grounds, with the exception of a portion of one stable. Another disaster, a fire on December 1, 1973, killed 57 race horses. The grounds have continued to change and expand through the years and more buildings have been added and updated. People continue to come to the fair to have a good time—to be entertained by grandstand shows, horse races, 4-H exhibits, tractor pulls, carnivals rides, fabulous fair food and just to see their friends and neighbors. Community support is important; there is something for everyone at the Coles County Fair.



Reviews

Julie Lynn Ledford Durbin

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Friday, July 13, 2018
I LOVE THIS FAIR THE FACE PAINT CHICK IS AMAZING AND THE BEST FRYS FROM CULLERS THE CLOWN FAMILY WHO DOES BALLON TWISTING ARE VERY GOOD AND THE BATHROOMS ARE VERY WELL KEEP UP ON ♡

Cliff Clifford

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Friday, July 13, 2018
2018 Coles County Fair Coles County Fairgrounds 575 W Lincoln Ave - Charleston Details Map data ©2018 Google Date/Time Date(s) - 08/03/2018 All Day Location Coles County Fairgrounds Categories Fairs and Festivals The 2018 Coles County Fair will be held July 29 – August 5, 2018. Sunday Thru Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free Admission Sunday, July 29th (All Day) Free Admission Adult General Gate Admission (After 4pm – All Week) $3.00 General Auto Parking (Subject to availability) $2.00 Reserve Parking Permits (Parking only) $15.00 Credential Pass and Season Tkt. (Car and Two (2) People) $20.00 Exhibitor’s Pass (All Exhibitors – Car and Driver) $10.00 Children Under 16 years of age are admitted free into the grounds NO REFUNDS Carnival Info Sunday, July 29th through Friday, August 3th  4:00 – 10:00 pm Saturday, August 4th  1:00 – 10:00 pm Sunday, August 5th    1:00 – 7:00 pm Tuesday – Ride prices are 2 for 1 Saturday, August 4th – Ride prices from 1:00 – 5:00 pm are 2 for 1. Sunday, August 5th – Ride prices are $1.00 Per Ride Event Info Events include carnival rides, fair queen pageant, livestock shows, tractor pulls, live music, demolition derby, bull riding and more! For a complete schedule of events, visit this page. Copyright © 2018 | Terms of Use | Disclaimer | Disclosure | Privacy Policy | Comment Policy | Contact

LeDonna Sotomayor-Baalmann

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Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
🥀🐖🐂🐑Fun rides and lots of animals to see!🐄🐷🐃🐐

Terry L Hills

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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
Harness racing will always get high rating and the Coles County Fair always has good races.

CyDsV1Ds

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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Expensive if not on arm band night. Food is spook good.

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