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Illinois State Fair to Honor Bicentennial Farm Family as Twilight Parade Grand Marshals

                                 Celebrating 200 Years of Farm Families at the Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ill – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is proud to announce that the Wiseman Family, which owns the Wiseman Farm in Wabash County, will be the Grand Marshals for the 2018 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade on Thursday, August 9th.

The Wisemans have been recognized as one of only two Bicentennial Farm families in Illinois. They grow corn and soybeans on their land, which has been in their family since 1818.

“We’re proud to have the Wisemans lead our Twilight Parade this year,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. “Our farm families play a critical role in feeding people in Illinois and across the globe. And since we’re celebrating our state’s 200th birthday this year, it’s the perfect time to recognize the contributions that the Wisemans have made for the past 200 years.”

“Very few families can say they’ve owned the same farm ground since the year Illinois was founded. That’s a tremendous feat,” said IDOA Director Raymond Poe. “The Wiseman’s have shown their commitment to building Illinois’ greatest industry and we are proud to have them join us for the Fair this year.”

The Wisemans are descendants of William Tanquary, who first purchased the farm land outside Bellmont in August of 1818. The family says the original land deed was signed by President James Monroe but was lost when the Tanquary family home burned in 1975. The farm was passed down through generations to Nell (Tanquary) Wiseman, the late wife of current owner Dr. Robert Wiseman.

“The Wiseman Farm will never be sold as long as I live. I have hopes of it being in the family until the year 2050 and beyond,” Dr. Wiseman said.

The Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade kicks off Thursday, August 9th at 5:30 p.m. from its staging area inside Lincoln Park, just south of the Nelson Center. From there, the parade will travel north to Sangamon Avenue, then east on Sangamon, and turn left into the Main Gate of the fairgrounds. The parade will then follow Main Street through the fairgrounds to Grandstand Avenue before concluding at the north end of the Grandstand.

Admission to the fairgrounds on Thursday is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and kids 12 and younger get in free. All carnival rides, including those in Adventure Village, will be open by 5:00 p.m. and offered at a discounted price.

Following the Twilight Parade, FREE concerts will be offered on the Rising Star Stage. Logan Mize takes the Rising Star Stage at 7:00 p.m., followed by ClusterPluck at 8:00 p.m. Fairgoers are encouraged to head to the Rising Star Stage, on Central Avenue just east of The Shed, following the Twilight Parade to check out these up and coming new artists.

The 2018 Illinois State Fair will take place August 9 - August 19 in Springfield, IL. Start planning your trip today by visiting www.IllinoisStateFair.info or by downloading our free mobile app, available for both Apple and Android devices.

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