Macon County’s fair will not be held this year. It’s the first break in almost 160 years and organizers say finances are the cause.
Fair Board Treasurer Teresa Wilson said that during an Illinois Department of Agriculture hearing. Instead the board plans a smaller-scale Macon County Fairgrounds Festival to try to generate revenue. The hearing was held to determine if the fair can be reimbursed by the state for prizes.
The fair owes more than $36,000 in prizes for livestock exhibitors from last year. The department’s Charlyn Fargo argued the fair can’t be reimbursed if it hasn’t yet paid. A mediator will make a decision.