The state and the sponsors have been negotiating since last November for what will be the 30th annual event that DuQuoin last hosted in 1998.
The three-day event from June 28-30 is expected to draw about 10,000 visitors to the city so make your hotel reservations now. This is the type of event that will fill rooms from Mount Vernon to Marion and Carbondale.
Fair Manager John Rednour said the event should generate a $3 to $4 million impact to the city and the surrounding region.
Interest in the event is already high, Rednour said.
“Our phones have been ringing off the hook. People want to know about the campgrounds, hotels. We’re expecting at least 10,000 the first year and that’s going to be great for Du Quoin and the surrounding area,” he said.