Illinois State Fair Mega Pass to go on sale

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Mega Passes for the 2011 Illinois State Fair go on sale June 16.  The popular carnival ride passes will be available for a discounted price of $55 until Monday, July 18, when the cost will increase to $65.

“The Mega Pass is a tremendous value for anyone who enjoys carnival rides,” State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick said.  “Between the carnival Midway and Adventure Village, the fair has more than 65 thrilling rides, and the Mega Pass lets fairgoers ride them all as often as they like, whenever they like.”

  The Mega Pass is valid all ten days of the fair plus Preview Night.  However, it does not include admission to the fair or rides on the Tram, Sky Glide and Giant Slide.   

To purchase a pass, fairgoers should stop by the Emmerson Building, which is located on Main Street north of Ethnic Village on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  The Emmerson Building is open Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

    Passes also can be purchased online at the state fair’s website,, or by phone at (217) 782-0775.  However, because they require an identification photo, fairgoers who choose to buy passes online or by phone still will need to stop by the Emmerson Building to pick them up.      

The fair also has announced plans to offer special, one-day ride bracelets this year.  The bracelets will sell for $25 and entitle fairgoers to unlimited carnival rides during specific hours on the day they are purchased.  The hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, and Friday, Aug. 19, from noon to 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, through Thursday, Aug. 18, and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.   

“These bracelets will replace those the Children’s Miracle Network used to sell at local businesses,” Bliefnick said.  “I think fairgoers will find them an affordable and convenient way to enjoy the carnival rides because they can be purchased for a great price on the fairgrounds.”

The Illinois State Fair will be held Aug. 12-21.