Governor Pat Quinn has cut the ribbon to open the 2014 Illinois State Fair.
Rain was still falling as the governor officially kicked off the fair. Weather has created some early disruptions, including the cancellation of Thursday's Twilight Parade and Friday's planned slate of harness racing. But improved conditions are expected for the first weekend of the fair.
Quinn says he's looking forward to the fair, particularly some trips to his favorite food venue on the grounds, the pork tent. The governor joked that a table there should be dedicated in his honor.
The fair runs through Sunday, August 17th.