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2021 Champaign County Fair

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

For Embargoed Release on Wednesday March 17, 2021 at 8AM:

Event: Champaign County Fair – Grandstand Concerts

Date: Thursday July 22 and Friday July 23, 2021

Location: Champaign County Fairgrounds | 1302 N Coler Ave | Urbana, IL

Urbana, IL (March 17, 2021) – The Champaign County Fair Board is proud to announce the lineup for the grandstand concerts for the 2021 Champaign County Fair. This year there will be 2 nights of national entertainment. On Thursday July 22, country music star Gary Allan will perform with Travis Denning. Rescheduled from 2020, fair goes will be able to enjoy over five decades of timeless hits in just one night with The Beach Boys, on Friday July 23, 2021.

Concert times vary each night, so please check the Champaign County Fair website ( for more information. Lawn chairs will be allowed with track tickets for The Beach Boys night only, Thursday night will be standing room only on the track. All previously purchased tickets for The Beach Boys from 2020 will be honored for the 2021 date. Tickets will go on sale Friday March 19, 2021 at 8AM. Tickets will be available online at All concert tickets include fair admission.

About Champaign County Fair – In the early 1850’s the pioneer families of Champaign County set aside a day each summer to bring their best livestock, grain samples and other farm products to show and compare with their neighbors. As the appointed day drew closer an air of anxiety and excitement swept over the entire county. When the day finally arrived, everyone was up before dawn, busily finishing preparations. Each family packed a gigantic picnic basket and with all their exhibits stowed in the wagon or tied on behind, they set out for Urbana and the big grove that was located east of where the Court House is today.

The event grew in popularity and was soon attended by families traveling from 20 to 30 miles distance. In order to entertain the youngsters as well as the older folks, games and contests were held with prizes for the winners. As the affair grew it became clear that someone had to organize and plan the events. At that time, just as now, the folks who planned the celebration were volunteers, citizens with a civic pride that spurred them on to better the quality of life in our community. The first truly organized fair was held in 1852. Through the years and many reorganizations, the Champaign County Fair has become “one of the best in the country” according to former Director of Agriculture for the State of Illinois. This year there will be approximately 1500 entry classes and over $100,000 offered in prizes.

Exhibitors may enter livestock, agriculture products, arts, textiles, culinary items, horticulture, floriculture, needlework and crafts. In addition, there is a queen contest prior to the fair and during fair week there is a religious music show, country music show, demolition derbies, harness racing, motorcycle racing, car show, rodeo, tractor pull and semi-truck pull.

At today’s fair the picnic basket is seldom seen. Fair goers look forward to food prepared by local organizations and by vendors who travel from fair to fair. The fair is a fun place to be, but it fills a serious educational function providing an opportunity to learn what is the best in all classes. The judges are all experienced and top quality.

Clearly the fair is a major undertaking that is made possible by many volunteers — superintendents, department chairpersons and others — who donate their special talents year after year.

Find out more about the fair and the concert by visiting or by following them on Facebook @ChampaignCountyFairIL.

About Grandstand Concerts - “From Start to Finish.” Grandstand Concerts is a one-stop shop for all your concert needs. We are a full-service talent buying and entertainment consulting agency. Based in the central Illinois area, we are here to help you grow your event to what you want it to be. With over 20 years of combined experience in the entertainment industry, Grandstand Concerts knows what takes to put on a successful event.

Find out more about Grandstand Concerts and other events in your area by visiting or by following them on Facebook @grandstandconcerts.

Media Contact:

Leon Edwards, Edwards Marketing LLC

309.224.9389 |

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