Deadlines quick-approaching for Illinois State Fair contests 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Deadlines to enter various competitions are quickly approaching for this year’s Illinois State Fair. State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says in a Wednesday statement that the ones fastest-approaching are Saturday’s deadlines for the open show beef, dairy, sheep and goats. The deadline for the Twilight Parade is July 11. Fair officials say entries much be postmarked by the following Monday if an entry deadline falls on a Saturday.