Illinois State Fair welcomes back reliable visitor -

Illinois State Fair welcomes back reliable visitor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- One of the Illinois State Fair's most reliable visitors has returned this year.
Ninety-four-year-old Springfield resident Eileen Jones has visited every year since she was born, except during World War II, when no fairs were held.
The fair welcomed her back this week, when Jones visited with her youngest son and his family.
She recalled fairs past and how she loved the carnival most as a child.
Jones says her aunt would walk her through the barns before they could go to the Happy Hollow carnival.
She says she started to enjoy the exhibits more as she got older, explaining that they become "less boring."
The fair runs through Sunday. Its opening weekend drew 287,000 visitors. That was 5 percent more than last year.

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