Tricia Braid

Aug 09, 2013  |  Today's News

The Illinois State Fair begins today in Springfield. The Fair, with its roots firmly established in agriculture, might be the most heavily trafficked one-stop-shop chance to expose the general public to agriculture here in Illinois. With that in mind, your Illinois corn checkoff dollars are supporting one of the most popular exhibits at the fair…Farmers Little Helpers.

Located just inside Gate 2, Farmers Little Helpers targets young children and their families for a fun visit to learn more about farmers and farming. Gate 2 is the most heavily used gate at the fairgrounds from a foot-traffic standpoint. The visibility of the location is highly valued, and coordinates with one of the boarding areas of the Sky-Glider.

Within Farmers Little Helpers is a child-sized corn field featuring fun messages about corn and its uses. Also, in a 12’ by 16’ building dubbed, “The Tool Shed,” kids and their parents can play in a sandbox filled with corn and soybeans, as well as look at fun exhibit displays.

If you’re at the Fair, be sure to take a look at Farmers Little Helpers. It’s guaranteed to be full of families learning all about Illinois’ number 1 crop!