Macomb Local News
The Illinois State Fair and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (ALPLM) are announcing special discount admission tickets for families looking to find some family friendly activities for the summer.  This “Double Play’ ticket promotion offers visitors half price admission at both the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Fair. 
 
These $12 discount admission tickets are available for a limited time only. The “Double Play” tickets can be purchased at the Emmerson Building on the state fairgrounds (Monday– Friday 8:00-4:30pm) and at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00pm). 
 
These special discount tickets make it easier for visitors to enjoy both events on the same day, However, the purchaser of the tickets has until the end of the year to use the ALPLM ticket. “This is a great opportunity, a great offer, for families to explore all the fun activities our city has to offer,” said State Fair Manager Luke Sailer. “Both venues are family friendly destinations, and with the “Double Play” promotion we can help families affordably enjoy both tourist destinations.”   
 
This year’s theme for the Illinois State Fair is Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years of Amazing in respect to the state’s bicentennial. The Illinois State Fair is proud to celebrate the best attributes of our state. The bicentennial celebration only adds more excitement to the event. Look for various bicentennial programming, along with a bicentennial flare to the annual Twilight Parade, during the 2018 Illinois State Fair. 
 
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum will have some new content for visitors this year by highlighting four U.S. presidents who lived in Illinois. From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama is a special exhibit that will be on display through 2018 to celebrate Illinois’ bicentennial. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view unique artifacts and fascinating photos, test their knowledge of presidents through trivia, or step into the president’s shoes by delivering a presidential address from the teleprompter. 
 
“As Illinois celebrates its 200th birthday, we hope every family gets a chance to explore the state and learn more about all it has to offer,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “We’re happy to make that a little more convenient by teaming with the Illinois State Fair to offer these special prices for admission to the fair and to the museum. This year, the museum has its usual great displays about Lincoln and also a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit about the other presidents with Illinois roots.”
 
The Illinois State Fair is now only 60 days away, so start planning your visit today. Gate admission, parking passes, and Mega Pass are on sale now through the Illinois State Fair website.  In addition, discount admission booklets will be available for purchase starting July 1st at participating County Market grocery stores. There is also an Illinois State Fair mobile app available for download to help plan for the 11-day event. 
 
The Illinois State Fair will take place August 9 –August 19 in Springfield, Illinois.
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