DU QUOIN – To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Du Quoin State Fair, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is increasing purse money by $100,000, which will be split between four championship races.
The Governor’s Cup featuring two-year-old colt trotters, the First Lady’s Cup featuring two-year-old filly trotters, the Lt. Governor’s Cup featuring 2-year-old filly pacers and the Director’s Cup featuring two-year-old colt pacers, will see their purses increased by $25,000 each.
“These horses represent the first generation of foals born after legislation was signed by Governor Pritzker providing revenue streams to enhance the horse racing industry,” IDOA Director Jerry Costello said. “To be able to increase the purses for these races truly showcases the prioritized investment and commitment this administration and IDOA have in our state’s horse racing industry.”
The first night of the fair, the horses take center stage under the lights. The action continues Saturday with harness racing that includes the Governor’s Cup, First Lady’s Cup, Lt. Governor’s Cup and the Directors Cup.
The Du Quoin State Fair runs from August 26-September 5. Admission to the fair is free, parking is $15 for Gate 1 and $10 for all other gates.