Public Accountability ReportPublic Accountability Report

2021 State Fairs
Mission Statement Provide opportunities for agricultural awareness through family oriented fairs and to capitalize on the staging of special events that utilize Fairground facilities.
Program Goals and Objectives
  1. Provide a safe, entertaining, and educational experience at a reasonable price.
    1. Survey attendees to improve the value and performance of the State Fairs.
    2. Enhance the education focus of the State Fairs.
  2. Provide a good business opportunity for concessionaires.
    1. Maintain the percentage of returning concessionaires at both State Fairs at 90% or better.
  3. Provide an appealing event for exhibitors and contestants that enhances agricultural industry awareness and strengthens local and State tourism industry.
    1. Survey exhibitors to improve the value and performance of the State Fairs.
    2. Survey contestants to improve the value and performance of the State Fairs.
    3. Survey Attendees.
    4. Improve tourism industry sales.
  4. Maximize the use of State fairground facilities.
    1. Increase and diversity non-fair usage.
    2. Provide and promote events that have economic benefits and impact to the community and Illinois.
Source of Funds General Revenue Fund, Agricultural Premium Fund, Illinois State Fair Fund, Tourism Promotion Fund Statutory Authority 20 ILCS 210/1
Fiscal Year 2022 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2021 Actual Fiscal Year 2021 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2020 Actual Fiscal Year 2019 Actual
Input Indicators
Total expenditures - all sources (in thousands) $ 13,500.0 $ 12,862.7 $ 19,200.0 $ 16,864.7 $ 0.0
Total expenditures - state appropriated funds (in thousands) $ 13,500.0 $ 12,862.7 $ 19,200.0 $ 16,864.7 $ 0.0
Average monthly full-time equivalents 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 0.0
Output Indicators
Number of Illinois State Fair concession and exhibit contracts 318.0 308.0 383.0 0.0 372.0
Number of Du Quoin State Fair concession contracts 133.0 129.0 155.0 0.0 152.0
Number of Illinois State Fair attendees 486,000 472,000 524,270 0.0 509,000
Number of Du Quoin State Fair attendees 155,000 150,800 127,205 0.0 123,500
Outcome Indicators
Illinois State Fair Revenue generated (in thousands) $ 5,000.0 $ 5,000.0 $ 6,500.0 N/A $ 6,500.0
Du Quoin State Fair revenue generated (in thousands) $ 1,200.0 $ 1,200.0 $ 900.0 N/A $ 890.0
Explanatory Information

The State Fairs provide opportunities for agricultural awareness through family-oriented events, entertainment, and attractions and promotes the State’s leading industry. The State Fairs attract visitors from outside the State and generate a significant economic impact both regionally and statewide. In addition, the State Fairground facilities are available for rental by the public and used to stage various events that generate additional revenue to assist with maintaining the facilities on the State Fairgrounds. Both 2020 State Fairs were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for public health and safety, but State Fair attendance rebounded for both fairs in 2021 (fiscal year 2022). Fair data is being presented on the Fair Fiscal Year, which runs from October to September annually. Metrics are presented in this manner due to be able to present the most current Fair expenditures and data available. For example, the 2021 State Fairs occur during fiscal year 2022 and if reported strictly on a fiscal year basis, the figures would not be reported until submission of the fiscal year 2022 Public Accountability Report. In addition, some metrics such as the number of Fair attendees are reported in the same manner in the Consolidated Annual Financial Report published by the Illinois Office of Comptroller.

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