Illinois State Fair nears opening day

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The 2019 Illinois State Fair may be a long way away, but there are already deals on tickets for next year's celebration.

Now through Dec. 31, you can get a 2019 Mega Pass for $60.

Mega Pass holders get unlimited rides in the Carnival Midway and Adventure Village during all 11 days of the State Fair.

The offer includes a free Illinois State Fair lanyard.

Bargain Books for the 2019 Illinois State Fair are also on sale. Each $45 book includes 11 admission passes that can be used any day of the 2019 Illinois State Fair.

"Our Bargain Books offer some of the best value you'll find at the Illinois State Fair," said State Fair Manager Luke Sailer. "The purchase of one Bargain Book can get you in all 11 days of the Fair, or your entire family can use the tickets to get in all on the same day. It's really an unbeatable deal for anyone planning to come out to the State Fair."

Bargain Books are offered at a discounted price of $45, now through April 30. After that, the price goes up to $60.

Mega Pass prices increase to $70 on Jan. 1, then to $90 on Aug. 1.

Also available are the Seasonal Infield Parking Passes and Discount Double Play passes.

Seasonal Infield Parking Passes are $40, allowing you to park on the Grandstand infield all 11 days of the Fair. And with the $15 Discount Double Play passes, you pay just one low price to get into a day at the 2019 Illinois State Fair and enjoy a tour of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, anytime through Dec. 31, 2019.

To get the discounted passes:

In Person: Emmerson Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

By Phone: (217) 782-6661

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

By Mail: Download a purchase form at and

mail to the address on the order form