Welcome to the Illinois Beef Expo

The Illinois Beef Expo is an annual event held the last full weekend of February at the Illinois State Fairground in Springfield, Illinois. One of the premier cattle events of the Midwest, the event hosts multiple sales, a junior show for Illinois exhibitors, and a large industry trade show.

The first Illinois Beef Expo was held February 24-28, 1988, after a progressive group of cattlemen came together in 1987 to bring multiple breed sales and a junior prospect show together. The first expo saw nine breed sales and a prospect show for heifers and steers from all over the United States. The Illinois Beef Expo has been held in the same format every year since, except 2008, when electrical problems forced the junior show to be cancelled and the sales moved to Bloomington, Illinois.

Today, the Illinois Beef Expo hosts the Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale and Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, and Simmental sales. The trade show is always popular with over 75 vendors filling the basement and surrounding the Livestock Center for the duration of the event.

The Illinois Beef Expo junior show, closed to Illinois exhibitors since 2006, is held the Saturday afternoon and Sunday of the annual event. A popular first stop of the jackpot season for Illinois exhibitors, nearly 700 animals will be evaluated annually by the judges. A grand champion steer has been selected since the inaugural event with the selection of a grand champion heifer added in 2012 and a top 5 selection added in 2013.

Whether you are an Illinois purebred breeder, out of state performance bull buyer, or new show cattle family, we invite you to attend our event and find out what the Illinois Beef Expo is all about! Visit the pages throughout this site to find out more information for each portion of the Illinois Beef Expo.

----Updated Junior Show Stalling Guidelines for 2017----
Please read and reference the map below! Available barns and stalling fees are slightly different this year.

1. Junior stalls are first come, first serve in Barns 20A-B, 21, 25L-M, 36 A-F, 112, 113, and 114. **Barns 25 L and M will pay $10 per stall starting this year.** All other barns listed above have no charge. Bedding is not provided.

2. Pre-reserved stalls are available in Barns 18A-G and 25F-K. Reservations must be made through Julie Blunier (309-634-1876 or julieblunier@gmail.com). Box stalls are $40 each. Open stalls are $20 each. Bedding is not provided in box stalls.

3. Junior cattle are **not allowed** to stall or tie out in Barns 16, 17, 19, and 118.

D. ALL Junior Show cattle must be stalled in designated barns. NO EXCEPTIONS! Cattle not stalled in designated barns or fees not paid by Saturday 10 a.m: exhibitor will be ineligible to show, lose their entry fees and will not be allowed to show at the Illinois Beef Expo for two years.
E. No tie outs will be allowed outside of the barns on the fairgrounds. There will be no cleanout of livestock trailers in the parking area. Trailers should be parked in the Midway Area. Violators will be fined $100 and/or barred from event.
F. No junior show cattle are allowed on the fairgrounds and stalls are not allowed to be set up before 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 23.

Complete 2017 Junior Show Rules, Show Order and Stalling Guidelines can be found at illinoisbeefexpo.com/rules
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