94th Annual Lake County Fair

Dates: July 26-30, 2023
Location: Lake County Fair Grounds, Grayslake, IL
Attendance: 75,000
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 93 years old, making it the oldest event in the area- and its total (normal) audience of 75,000+ 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.  

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 may experience everything from a livestock show and auction, 4H competitions- animals, pies and vegetable growing, a Rodeo, motor sports, great rock and roll bands, local talent competitions, a huge carnival, Beer Gardens, horse shows, 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.

Events & Venues

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January Events

There are no events listed for this month.

February Events

Randolph Street Market

March Events

St Paddys Day Run

May Events

American Brain Tumor Walk
The Lucky 13
Do Division
Southwest Half Marathon
San Diego Taco Fest
Randolph Street Market
Taste of Mexico
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
Sheffield Music Festival
Lincoln Park Greek Fest

November Events

Polish Independence 10K Run/Walk
Randolph Street Market

Year Round Opportunities

Norine Smyth

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