I've been to the Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. It was great. I even shot a TV show for Illinois Outdoors TV there with IL DNR Director Marc Miller. What a great education on the outdoors one can get by a visit to Conservation World.
But I must tell you that I've learned that Conservation Village at the Du Quoin State Fair is pretty good too.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources invites visitors to the Du Quoin State Fair to stop by the Conservation Village area on the Du Quoin fairgrounds for activities and information about outdoor recreation and natural resources programs in Illinois.
The Conservation Village area at the DuQuoin State Fair is open from noon until 8 p.m. each day of the fair, August 25 - September 3.
“We hope those attending the DuQuoin fair will stop by the Conservation Village for information on youth and family recreation opportunities that are very popular throughout southern Illinois,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.
Information tents at Conservation Village are located in the center of the Du Quoin fairgrounds on Expo Drive just south of the Expo Hall. Conservation Village features information and displays on outdoor recreation opportunities and IDNR programs. Visitors to Conservation Village can talk with IDNR Conservation Police officers about the regulations and laws governing fishing, hunting, and boating in Illinois – and hunting and fishing licenses, hunting permits, and FOID card application photos are also available.
Visitors can register for a raffle for an outdoor adventure package. Also featured is the beautiful woodwork of “Come See What We Saw” Bear Tracks Chainsaw Carving by Mike and Wendy Rhodes.
Fishing programs will be conducted at the lake on the Du Quoin fairgrounds located between RV World and the Expo Building. The IDNR Urban Fishing Program will on hand each weekday of the fair from 4 - 7 p.m. and on the weekends and Labor Day from noon - 7 p.m. Adults and youngsters can practice their casting techniques and view fish displays.
The IDNR will also host fishing clinics for area school groups at the Du Quoin State Fair on Friday, August 31 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Each clinic will last approximately one-half hour.
So a good time can be had in southern Illinois at the Du Quoin State Fair. Check out Conservation Village and enjoy.