145th Annual Fairbury Fair

AUGUST 18 - 22, 2021




Note: All tickets purchased online will be available at will call on day of event . You will need to bring proof of purchase to will call window to pick up tickets. You will not get a printed ticket.

Diamond Rio LIVE

The Fairbury Fair welcomes Diamond Rio with special guest Brushville on Wednesday, August 18th!

Diamond Rio was signed to Arista Nashville and debuted in 1991 with the single "Meet in the Middle", which made them the first band ever to send a debut single to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The band charted 32 more singles between then and 2006, including four more that reached No. 1: "How Your Love Makes Me Feel" (1997), "One More Day" (2001), "Beautiful Mess" (2002), and "I Believe" (2003). Diamond Rio has recorded nine studio albums, four Greatest Hits compilations, and an album of Christmas music. Three of the band's albums have achieved RIAA platinum certification in the United States. In addition, Diamond Rio has received four Group of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, two Top Vocal Group awards from the Academy of Country Music, and one Grammy Award.

Known for their LIVE shows. Brushville has been playing sold out shows because of their high energy performances. One reporter compared a Brushville show to a hockey game. “It was an engineering masterpiece as all members could switch out of one song mid-stream and into another seamlessly. It was like watching a hockey game where the players changed, but the action and the game clock kept rolling.” Brushville blends four extremely talented musicians, with incredible harmonies, an explosive stage show and a fresh, dynamic sound produced by an array of instruments to create an unforgettable experience for the audience. Brushville has been expanding their assault throughout the nation and is sure to be lighting up your area very shortly.


145th Fairbury Fair Returns August 18-22, 2021

   With 2020 in the rearview mirror, ALL of us deserve and need to look forward to a bright spot in 2021 and your fairboard is doing its part to make this happen!

   The 145th version of the Fairbury Fair is set to take place Wednesday, August 18th through Sunday the 22nd, and what a fair we have planned! While we won’t spill the beans on everything we have in store for you right now, we will make announcements via our Facebook page. Please keep an eye on that in the future!

  One thing for certain, we will kick off the fair with a major musical act once again! The Jo Dee Messina concert in 2019 showed us that our awesome fairgoers wanted this. We listened and in 2021 we will do it again! Who will be in front of the grandstand? You’ll have to check back for this major announcement!

  We already have in our possession this year’s incredible raffle prize. Its not a car, but you’ll like it for sure. Once again, this prize will be given away on Sunday (August 22).

  Your fair will once again feature Luehr’s Ideal Rides, one of the best carnivals around, the always popular petting zoo, Bear Hollow chain saw carver, and a few new entertainment options for all ages. Stay tuned for those, but let’s just say be ready for one of the latest trends/sports to make a huge impact. The kids will be amazed by what will be strolling the midway, and make sure your driving skills are ready.

  We’ve already announced that “For the first time in history, we will ROCK the Fairbury Fair” with not one, but TWO nationally and internationally known tribute acts on Friday (August 20). “Heart to Heartbreaker” features tributes to legendary female recording greats such as Cher, Heart, Pat Benatar, and more. Then “Crazy Babies”, the world’s best Ozzy Osbourne tribute show will ROCK the fair. Last year, these two incredible groups were to have played the Michigan State Fair the night before Fairbury and they were ready for us. Needless to say, after being held back in 2020, no holds barred will be in effect when they take our stage. We knew what they had planned for you last year, and rest assured, it will be a first for your fair when they take the stage in August. Be on the lookout for links to these acts on our Facebook page…you WILL WANT to see them! Because of these acts, including our Wednesday night group, we are doing a large expansion to the stage with additions that will bring the entertainers to you better than ever before.

   Our KCBS sanctioned “Smoke on the Midway” barbeque contest has already had inquiries from as far away as Minnesota and this first time Saturday event looks to be a major hit! The popular Chili cookoff returns on Sunday, August 22nd.

   We didn’t forget about the always popular demo derby and stock car races as well!

   As mentioned before, we’ll keep everyone up-to-date via our Facebook page. Make sure to keep checking that out and sharing/liking what we’re doing.

   Let us take this time to say THANK YOU for your ongoing support of the Fairbury Fair. Without you, your fair could not grow and evolve. Every person who has worked on or directed this fair has given their heart and soul into making each year the best it could be. For those people, THANK YOU for building a great foundation to build off of. You are not and never will be forgotten!


"We've Got A Good Thing Growing"

The Fairbury Fair Corporation as we know it today was originally formed in January 1876 as The Fairbury Union Agricultural Board.  They purchased a 21-acre tract south of town as a location to host the first Fairbury Fair which was held in 1877 on the newly purchased fairgrounds.

The Fairbury Fair continued to prosper and in 1903 the board constructed a large covered grandstand structure out of cypress trees on the property.  It appears as though horse racing was the main attraction for the fairgoers until around 1916 when the fairboard decided to make some improvements to the facilities and started hosting a few amateur auto races.

The American Legion John Joda Post 54 was chartered with the National American Legion on July 18, 1919.  The post was officially incorporated by the state of Illinois as a nonprofit on November 22, 1920.

The popularity of auto racing in the 1920’s was fast becoming the main event at nearly all fairgrounds across the county.  Records show the first races as part of the annual Fairbury Fair were held in 1922.  The purses at Fairbury were second to none on the fair circuit, which in the coming years would attract the top names with huge crowds. The fair would continue to prosper for several years until around late 1935 and into 1936 when they started to develop some financial shortfalls.

With the fair in financial difficulties and broke, in 1936 the American Legion John Joda post 54 adopted a resolution to purchase the fair property for $6,350 and took control of the grounds and the fair in 1937. The American Legion John Joda Post 54 to this day still oversees the overall operation of the Fairbury Fair Corporation and the management of the fair.

The current Fairbury Fair Corporation was incorporated on February 17, 1939 to operate a county fair within Livingston County, Illinois, as an agricultural fair for the advancement and improvement of livestock and agricultural products and methods. The Legion and Fairboard moved the racing from the former half mile flat harness racing track to the current banked smaller track during the offseason between 1945 and 1946 seasons.  

The fairgrounds and the speedway have gone through several phases of major improvement, the first being in 1945 and then again in 1990.  The Legion and the Fairboard decided to invest nearly a half million dollars to redo the track to its current size and shape in 1990.  They invested hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to enlarge the racing surface. This decision has proven to be one of the best decisions they have ever made. The speedway has continuously made improvements since that time.  In 2017, another nearly half million dollars was invested in the facility with all new bathrooms on the north and south side of the fairgrounds property, new safety catch fence, as well as all new aluminum bleachers on the northeast side of the speedway.

At the end of the 2018 racing and fair season, it was voted on by the John Joda Legion Post 54 to sell off the assets and get out of the race promoting business due in part to the declining legion membership. The Legion was able to secure a deal with Fairbury resident and promoter Matt Curl to purchase the assets and continue the rich tradition of racing at the fairgrounds. Matt has also entered into a lifetime lease agreement with the Fairbury Fair Corporation to provide a home for The Fairbury Fair to continue every year as long as the fair can remain viable.  

Contact Us

815-692-3222 (week of fair) - 309-838-9304 (all other times)