Deadlines for Illinois State Fair contest entries announced

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Fair officials say entry deadlines for this year's competitions are quickly approaching.

More than 8,700 contests are held at the Illinois State Fair each year, with new events added annually.  Officials have released entry deadlines for various competitions, which we have included below:

Livestock (except Poultry and Rabbits) - July 1
Rabbits and Poultry - July 10
General Entries (except Floriculture, Blue Ribbon, Dairy Products, Bee Culture) - July 15
Floriculture (except Horticulture-Roses) - August 1
Horticulture (Roses) - August 12, 9:00 a.m.
Dairy Products - August 12, 12:00 p.m.
Bee Culture-Professional - August 13
Bee Culture-Open -  Entries accepted until judging begins

Fair officials say that if a deadline falls on a weekend, all entries postmarked by the following Monday will be accepted.  For a full list of competitions taking place during the fair, visit
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