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The Lake County Fair looks a lot different than it did 157 years ago, when it first started. In fact, it looks a lot different than it did 10 years ago. Organizers added extreme-sports-style competitions to the schedule at the end of the ’90s, and all the motocross stunts and tractor pulls have done wonders for upping the fest’s hip factor, says spokesman Al Dilorio. “People need something to do after they eat and circle the grounds,” he says. “All the typical fair fun has seemingly devolved into an afterthought.” Still, there are plenty of old-school carnival games, rides, and big-ass vegetables. But the real draws these days are cattle-roping contests, demolition derbies, and other potentially bone-breaking competitions. Best of all, the events are open to adrenaline-fueled fairgoers. “We used to think we were running out of ideas,” Dilorio says. “But we’ve proven otherwise.”
Sat., Aug. 18, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 19, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

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