92nd Annual Lake County Fair

Dates: July 30-August 1,2021
Location: Lake County Fair Grounds, Grayslake, IL
Hours: Gates open at 8AM daily- 10PM close; (Sunday close 9PM)
Attendance: 100,000
Demographics: A unique mix of farmers and ranchers, middle class families, rich suburbanites and military.


A new spin on an old tradition…

The Lake County Fair event has some pretty impressive stats: it’s 92 years old, making it the oldest event in the area- and its total audience of 100,000+ makes it the largest event in all of Northern Illinois. And, for the area 4H members, farmers, horsemen and cattlemen – this event is the most important of the year.  As always- the underlying theme of the event is ‘green’- underscoring the community’s ecological concerns that they practice every day.

The Lake County Fair embodies the concept of continuity. Each year, since 1861, the county population gathers on the Lake County Fair Grounds to compete, to eat, to dance, to listen to live music, to see the prize-winning livestock, champion horses, dairy goats, pies and canned goods, to meet and greet new and old friends, take a ride on a carnival attraction and experience a wide variety of quality entertainment. 

21st century visitors experience everything from a livestock show and auction, 4H competitions, a professionally produced Rodeo, a Queen Pageant, great rock and roll bands on multiple stages, a ‘dog and monkey’ show, local talent competitions, a huge carnival, Beer Gardens, horse shows, a demolition derby, motocross, a tractor pull and much, much more. 

The overall old fashioned ambience of the event belies its very modern components- and this dichotomy adds a lot to it’s charm. Visitors experience the county’s agricultural heritage, and its strong sense of ecology as well as community- something not common in today’s fast paced world. The Lake County Fair is at once a visit to the past, the present and the future.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Sponsorship of Lake County Fair provides a rare opportunity to directly target this unique demographic mix of farmers and ranchers, middle class families, rich suburban families, tweens and teens, young adults and military.

Sponsor impact includes naming rights, signage, direct live exposure to a huge crowd of more than 100,000, logo placement in print media and collateral materials, Social Media and Internet inclusion, sampling, couponing, sales, bounce-back opportunities and customized promotions.

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