Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Five Farm Adventures

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Five Farm Adventures

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Illinois State Fair

Carnival rides, gigantic squash, Illinois wine, politicians and deep-fried everything it's no wonder the Illinois State Fair draws 800,000 visitors each year. Grandstand headliners include Billy Currington, Styx with REO Speedwagon, John Mayer with Phillip Phillips, the Band Perry, Toby Keith, Gary Allen, Ke$ha and Journey. When Aug. 8-18 * Where 801 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, Ill. * How much $3-$7, children younger than 5 are free * More info 1-217-782- 6661,

Now we knowBrucellosis, also know as Bang's disease, can cause the spontaneous abortion of cattle and swine, as well as arthritis. Once common, brucellosis has been eradicated from most states including Illinois. So go ahead and enjoy the fair's "Milk a Cow" activity.

Jefferson County Fair

Nominated as best new artist by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music (there's a difference?), Nashville- based act Love and Theft will perform hits "Angel Eyes" and ""Running Out of Air." The fair also features a horse show and a truck and tractor pull. When July 18-21 * Where Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 10349 Highway 21, Hillsboro * How much $8 * More info 636-797-3900,

Roll out the barrelBarrel racing is not, as we first imagined, a contest among athletes who stuff themselves into barrels and roll toward a finish line. If only! Nope barrel racing is when riders maneuver their horses around a cloverleaf course marked by barrels. Jefferson County holds its barrel races July 19.

Missouri State Fair

The Missouri State Fair is a smaller affair than its counterpart in Illinois and, located 200 miles away in Sedalia, is a much longer drive for St. Louisans. Still, Missouri offers a variety of motocross, rodeo, bull-riding and tractor-pull events. …

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