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The return of the tractors puts the farm back in the Illinois State Fair.

The fair runs from Aug. 12-21 in Springfield. Hulking implements will be on display for the first time in several years thanks to Riverton-area farmer Allen Entwistle. He convinced nearby implement dealers to bring their wares back.

The 159th festival will also feature livestock shows, carnival rides, music, dance and exotic food at a price that fair manager Amy Bliefnick (BLEEF'-nik) says won't "break the bank."

New this year are cooking demonstrations by local chefs who will use only locally grown produce. Agriculture Director Tom Jennings says there will be free samples.

And fairgoers will be able to pick up a two-for-one coupon to visit downtown Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

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