Come Discuss The Future of the Stephenson County Fair At This Public Meeting Thursday, July 25

STEPHENSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS — This years Stephenson County Fair may have come and gone but the conversation over its future is alive and well, and the members of the fair board want you to join in on the conversation this coming Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Farm Bureau building in downtown Freeport.

As you may know this years Stephenson County Fair wasn’t without its problems, as fair-goers noticed on day one a large shortage of rides and immediately took to social media to find out why.

On July 10th the fair association put out an announcement about the rides saying, “There are some rides at the fair this afternoon; however, not as many as we had hoped”.

They went on to say that “Not all of the carnival crew has arrived” and that the carnival would offer discounted wristbands to offset the lack of rides promised.

While many people understood and enjoyed the fair without the rides, others weren’t so happy that such a big part of the fair was just AWOL this year.  Whichever side you fall on, the Stephenson County Fair Association is inviting the entire public to come out to their July Board meeting and voice their thoughts, ideas and to help be part of the solution. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. with a time slotted for public comment.

Future meeting dates are:

  • July 2019
    THU 25 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • August 2019
    THU 22 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • October 2019
    THU 24 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • November 2019
    THU 21 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • December 2019
    THU 19 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

If you have any questions about the meeting, feel free to contact the Fair Office at 815-235-2918.

The Stephenson County Farm Bureau is located at 210 W Spring St. in Freeport, Illinois.




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One thought on “Come Discuss The Future of the Stephenson County Fair At This Public Meeting Thursday, July 25

  • July 18, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    The Stephenson County Fair had always been one of the best in the region, with the exception of the public restrooms which were some of the worst in the region. I couldn’t believe it when I heard that the date had been changed from perfect timing, the middle of August to the middle of July. That date is obviously picked by someone that has no idea of what the fair was all about. Many of the traditional displays were prize fruits of residents gardens, now too early for that. At one time one could barely walk down the midway, now I hear you could fire a cannon filled with grape and not hit anyone. That may be why many of the rides didn’t bother. They need to make money too, and what you have turned this fair into just isn’t worth their time. The blame falls on the fair board’s shoulders entirely. Sad, so very sad.


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