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State Fair Traditions

Updated: Monday, August 11 2014, 11:09 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- Threatening skies greeted the first day of the Illinois Sate Fair, but it didn't stop thousands from enjoying their favorite traditions.

"I was born in Springfield, raised in Springfield, I have been coming here 47 years today."

"Just enjoy all the smells and the sounds because we are too old to ride the rides."

"There is always the traditional butter cow. We always have to see the divers."

The Duelling Pirates High Dive Show is a staple at the state fair. Dana Kunze is the producer and also holds the world record for the highest dive at 172 feet.

"Imagine you are in a real tall building and you are looking down on the people and you look at what you see like little ants running around and then we have a pool that is 26 feet in diameter that is about 80 feet in the air and looks like the size of a 50 cent piece."

While many were watching for the splash, others were just trying to stay dry.

The tradition Illinois Wine Tasting area was packed, but new this year, it was inside a tent until a new Twilight Ballroom can be built.

"This tent is accomodating what we need to accomplish"

"We miss our building, but we understand they are putting a new building up. So I mean the tent is very accomodating. It's working out."

Those are just a small sampling of the many traditions people enjoy at the Illinois State Fair.

Most people I spoke with today were from the Springfield area, but vendors expect larger crowds tomorrow as those from across the state travel to Springfield for the weekend.

State Fair Traditions

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