Fair admission up 40 percent, champion ’85 Bears featured

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Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Admission to the Illinois State Fair is up 40 percent and preview night is no longer free _ but officials have gussied it up with grandstand entertainment and a free concert.

The Aug. 11 preview night following the Twilight Parade will carry a $5 admission fee. But that’s half the price of regular admission and includes music by The Chicago 6 _ featuring Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson and Steve McMichael of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears.

The fair runs Aug. 11 to Aug. 21. Admission is $10, up from $7, with discounts for senios and kids to age 12, free.

This year, the fair introduces a smartphone app that lets users plan their day at the festival, find specific types of food and set reminders for events.

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Online: http://www.illinois.gov/statefair/