County fair officials from around the state gathered with Illinois legislators at the Statehouse recently to showcase the positive economic benefit county fairs bring to the state. They called for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to release $1.4-million in funding that was appropriated as part of the FY18 budget, which passed last year.

According to a University of Illinois Extension Department of Community and Economic Development study, county fairs bring $170 million annually to the state's economy and support 1000 non-fair related jobs. Jersey County Fair Treasurer Tom Moore says the county fair is still a hit in this part of the state.

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The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs shared information showing money being spent in the local economies outside of the fairgrounds and included outside purchases of food at restaurants and diners; transportation expenses such as fuel, rental cars, and convenience stores; retail, lodging, and commercial services like laundry, mechanics, and healthcare.

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