Support for farmers as Illinois State Fair opens


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois State Fair is getting underway with words of support for farmers.

Gov. Pat Quinn officially launched the fair Friday by cutting a ribbon at the main gate. He noted the fair comes as many Illinois farmers face financial troubles because of the drought that's baking corn and soybean crops.

The governor says he's confident Illinois farmers will persevere because, "We don't quit. We don't succumb."

Agriculture Director Robert Flider agrees this is a tough year for farmers. But he says that won't keep the state fair from celebrating Illinois agriculture and giving people a good time.

The fair runs through Aug. 19.

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