Let the fair begin! The Illinois State Fair is officially under way, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning.  “I had three pork-chops-on-a-stick last night,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, “I look forward to eating my way across the State Fair today and other days as well.”  Some common themes resonated through the ribbon-cutting at the Illinois State Fair.
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  • “When it first began, it was all about agriculture,” said Illinois Department of Agriculture director Bob Flider. “Agriculture’s come a long way since then, but it’s still a showcase and a highlight.”
  • “Our No. 1 area of our economy is our agriculture and our agribusiness,” said Gov. Pat Quinn, “and we want to salute all of those men and women who are farming and in agriculture. They are the heart and soul of Illinois.”
  • “I'm just so honored to be able to represent Illinois agriculture, which is about $9 billion of our state’s economy each year,” said Illinois County Fair Queen Amelia Martens, of Orion, Ill.
The celebration of agriculture and gluttony continues through Aug. 18.
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