DuPage County Fair returns with a talent show, 4-H shows, music and more

There will be plenty of entertainment, animals, food, exhibits and carnival rides at the three-day DuPage County Fair July 29-31.

The fair is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at the DuPage County Event Center and Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton.

Rustic Vintage Fair partners with the DuPage County Fair for a three-day market featuring unique items and vintage finds.

Cool off from the heat with a watermelon-eating contest at 3 p.m. Saturday on the West Lawn, followed by a karaoke contest with cash prizes from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Building 1.

The talent show returns at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 31 in Expo Building #1. There will be two age categories: junior for ages 14 or younger and senior for ages 15-21. There will be cash prizes for the top three places in each division: $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third place.

Check out the 4-H exhibits and shows at the DuPage County Fair, July 29-31, in Wheaton.
– Daily Herald file photo

Also on Sunday, there will be a pie contest at 3 p.m. on the West Lawn.

Each day there will be sheep herding demonstrations at 2pm and 6pm in the lawn of the butterfly garden.


DuPage County 4-H shows and exhibits will feature livestock, dairy goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits and poultry, as well as general projects such as floral design, sewing, arts and crafts , fine arts, photography, sewing, collections and food. The awards ceremony begins at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Live music in the beer garden will kick off with Sammy and the Knights, the Winfield-based band known for rock ‘n’ roll for charity, at 6 p.m. and FUZE Band, a Santana tribute band, at 8 p.m. .

Saturday in the beer garden, Lake Effect, an eight-piece band, will take the stage at 2 p.m., followed by saxophonist Lucas Sanor at 4 p.m. and Bob McGuire at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., Cap-N-Funk and The Groove Train from the Palatine will close the Saturday shows with a mix of rock and pop with a little funk.

On Sunday, the Baydrifter Band returns with their mix of tropical rock and country music at 2 p.m. The New Odyssey Guy plays adult contemporary, yacht rock, country and music from all decades on 10 different musical instruments at 4 p.m.

The fair ends with the Two Beer Tommy Band, the St. Charles-based band playing modern country, classic and rock, at 6 p.m.

Fair admission is $10 for ages 13 and up; $5 for children aged 3 to 12 and seniors aged 62 or over; free for active military personnel with ID and children 2 and under.

A Mega Pass for $30 includes admission and carnival rides for a day at the fair. End of online ticketing on July 28 at 11:59 p.m.

The DuPage Fairgrounds and Event Center is located just northeast of Roosevelt and County Farm Roads, directly east of the DuPage County Complex. Enter through the County Complex.

For information, visit dupagecountyfair.org.

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