Fulton County native named director of Illinois State Fair in DuQuoin and Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD - A Fulton County native and professional event planner has been named director of the Illinois State Fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin.

Officials say Patrick Buchen, 63, was named to the position on Monday.  Buchen was raised on a farm in Fulton County, and spent several years showing livestock at the Illinois State Fair.

Prior to this new position, Buchen was executive director of the Texas Longhorn Cattle Breeders Association and the Indiana State Fair, as well as president of HSI Show Productions.

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