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July 10, 2007

Illinois State Fair Arena To Showcase Fan Favorites
Professional bullriders, truck and tractor pull and freestyle motocross to return in 2007

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Arena will, once again, offer spectators unique, competitive and popular entertainment options at the 2007 Illinois State Fair. The fair announced today that Pro-Am arena cross and freestyle motocross, the Illinois Tractor Pullers Association’s (ITPA) truck and tractor pull, and the Professional Championship Bullriders tour all will return this year.  

Opening the Arena’s entertainment schedule on Friday, Aug. 10 will be Pro-Am arena cross at 7 p.m. Hundreds of racers from all age groups and over 20 classes are expected to compete for the title in their respective divisions. The competition begins on Friday and concludes on Saturday.

After the arena cross competition has finished, the Arena will welcome riders from across the nation in the annual Freestyle Motocross Challenge. Due to the popularity of NBC’s Gravity Games and ESPN’s X-Games, motocross is quickly becoming a premier alternative sport.

The 2007 Illinois State Fair will have its own rendition of the popular competition and spectators will be able to enjoy the high-flying action Friday and Saturday night.

The motorsport fun does not end there as the ITPA will again present Truck and Tractor pulls.  Always a fan favorite, the event provides a unique competition that is both heated and exciting for pullers and fans alike. The event begins Monday, Aug. 13 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 15. 

The Professional Championship Bullriders tour will close the entertainment at the Arena.  Top athletes from one of the nation’s fastest growing sports will compete at the State Fair on Aug. 17 and 18. 

Arena tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations as well as by phone and internet. To order tickets online, visit www.Ticketmaster.com.  To place a phone order, call either Ticketmaster at 1-800-827-8927 or the Illinois State Fair ticket office at 217-782-1979.  The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through the end of the fair beginning July 7. 

The complete Arena entertainment line-up follows:

8/10 Pro-Am Arena Cross & Freestyle Motocross   Adult $10.00   Children $5.00

8/11 Pro-Am Arena Cross & Freestyle Motocross                         Adult $10.00  Children $5.00

8/13 ITPA Presents Truck and Tractor Pulls   Adult $10.00 Children $5.00 

8/14 ITPA Presents Truck and Tractor Pulls   Adult $10.00 Children $5.00 

8/15 ITPA Presents Truck and Tractor Pulls   Adult $10.00 Children $5.00 

8/17 PRCA Professional Rodeo     Adult $10.00 Children $5.00

8/18 PRCA Professional Rodeo          Adult $10.00 Children $5.00

For more information concerning Arena events, visit the Illinois State Fair website at www.illinoisstatefair.info.  The 2007 Illinois State Fair will be held Aug. 10-19.


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