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Boone County Fair is a tradition for many in Illinois

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BOONE COUNTY, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois’ most popular county fair is seen as a tradition for many families across the state.

There is so much to do at the fair which means there is something for everyone.

Attendees like Laynee Noble think that the fair gets better and better each year.

“It’s really fun to see how the fair has grown just over five years of being here,” Noble said.

This year’s version of the fair has been a great success for Noble.

“Well, so far at the fair, I’ve shown my horse, and I ended up getting 6 trophies, and I’ve rode rides with my friends. It’s been a blast,” Noble said.

Novilyn Alonzo and her friend Paige Steurer rode the mechanical bull at the fair. Alonzo said it was a great experience.

“Yeah it’s hard when you get to the higher speed because she’ll start you off slow, then she’ll get faster,” Alonzo said. “And it’s really fun and it’s kind of cool because it’ll stop and then it’ll go different directions really fast. It was just all around really fun.”

Alonzo also showed her horse named Oreo. She said her experience riding her horse helped her to conquer the bull, but she admitted that the ride is tougher than the real thing.

“That you can only use one hand, and in riding you can use two hands and you have more support around your body because you’re in a saddle and sitting,” Alonzo said.

The big crowd of fairgoers made sure to complete all of the essential activities.

Griffin Cooke attended the fair and went through the checklist of his day,

“Ate a corndog, went on rides with my friends and played games” Cooke said.

Cooke plans to become to the fair again though because there’s still one thing he wants to do.

“I want to see the animals,” Cooke said.

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