Hello, Illinois! | My AT&T GoPhone Illinois State Fair Summer Weekend Vacation

A post-fair purse obviously has taffy in it…

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I recently spent the weekend in my hometown of Springfield, Illinois, visiting one of the biggest events in the area: the Illinois State Fair. I was invited to attend by AT&T GoPhone. This summer, AT&T GoPhone is stopping by all the best events, from fairs to music festivals, and I was asked to come up, check out the 2016 event, and capture my favorite moments using my new AT&T GoPhone.

As a Springfield native, I grew up with the Illinois State Fair. From waiting in line to see the annual Butter Cow to finding honey ice cream at the beekeeping expo, some of my fondest childhood memories were formed here. During adolescence, it was the place a boy (ahem, THE boy at the time) bought me a funnel cake and I tried – and failed – to eat the powdered-sugar covered confection while looking cool. After moving to St. Louis, the Illinois State Fair has been a reason for my husband and I to visit our hometown and reminisce over concerts and corn dogs.

I had a blast attending this year with my mother, and I captured the weekend using my new Samsung Galaxy Express Prime, provided by AT&T GoPhone. All of the photos and videos were taken on an AT&T GoPhone — and I think you’ll be impressed with the photo quality!

Check out my favorite moments from the event and enter to win your own prepaid AT&T GoPhone below!

Favorite Fair Moment No. 1: Milking a Cow

New experience No. 1 for the day! Hello, Bessie!

Plus, I got a sweet button that totally went with my outfit. Accessories are the finishing touch, after all!

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Favorite Fair Moment No. 2: Eating (ALL) the Food

The food at the Illinois State Fair was amazing. Also, I stumbled across the giant corn and lost my corn-loving mind. Giant corn, you guys!

Throughout our trip, my mother and I had honey ice cream, lemon shake-ups, fried cheese curds, corn dogs, fried alligator, pineapple whip floats… Somehow I was still hungry for dinner, which is frankly shocking.

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And now the diet starts in 3, 2, 1… or maybe tomorrow.

Favorite Fair Moment No. 3: Seeing the Butter Cow

The Butter Cow is a key Illinois State Fair experience! With its creamy desserts and oversized butter sculpture, no visit to the fair is complete without stopping by the Dairy Building.

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Think about all the bread you could butter… Maybe that diet will wait a little longer.

Favorite Fair Moment No. 4: Riding the Ferris Wheel

My mom had the great idea for us to ride the giant Ferris Wheel in the games and rides part of the fairgrounds.

What a view!

Favorite Fair Moment No. 5: Making T-Shirts with AT&T GoPhone

We stopped by the AT&T GoPhone booth to try out virtual reality games, hit up the charging station, and make our own fair t-shirts.

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Hello, corn dog shirt!

Why is AT&T GoPhone at fairs and festivals this summer? They believe your summer outings should be about memories, not if you’re using too much data. These affordable phones keep you connected to AT&T’s 4G LTE network while you’re enjoying the season’s best events! (And they give you a more flexible approach to wireless service on any budget versus traditional plans.)


You can enter to win your own AT&T GoPhone, complete with a prepaid card, using the giveaway feature below! One winner will receive a LG Phoenix 2 and a $45 Refill Card, bringing the prize total to approximately $144.99!


The AT&T GoPhone service has some serious perks: There’s no contract or credit check. Top smartphones, like my Samsung device seen here, are available. The plans are affordable and flexible. And you can even activate your current device on GoPhone with a SIM kit. The $45 per month plan comes with unlimited nationwide talk, text, and data usage with 3 GB of data at high speed. For an extra $15 monthly, there’s even a plan that includes calling to and from Mexico and Canada with more high speed data. Find out more about AT&T GoPhone today!

Thanks so much for sending me to the Illinois State Fair, AT&T! Another great fair experience to add to my collection!

This blog post was sponsored by AT&T but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience. No Purchase Necessary. Giveaway ends September 4, 2016, at 12:00 AM CDT.


  1. Lynne
    August 23, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    We went to the fair this year too! But if I win, I will be taking the phone on my next adventure – a trip to Wisconsin for a November wedding!

  2. August 24, 2016 / 10:47 am

    I would take my phone on all of my ice cream eating, old building finding, baby animal loving adventures. 🙂

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