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So the oldest boy and I hit the Illinois State Fair on Wednesday.

I didn't realize it was the day Gov. Blagojevich was going to be there and plenty of protesters were around.

If you think only the outdoors is being screwed under our beloved governor, you're wrong. The IDNR may be getting the worst of it, but plenty of other areas are hit hard too.

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But the oldest and I had time to enjoy the complete fair experience. We spent the bulk of our time--other than that spent with his 4-H rocket project--at Conservation World.

You could say it was a hands-on day, Like Gayla Coss checking out pelts at one exhibit.

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Or Jeremiah Jamison (he's the kid in the center) getting his hands in the water at the fish tank.

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The fish tanks are not only the most popular exhibit at Conservation World, but I suspect at the State Fair too. Everybody instinctively wanted to touch the paddlefish and marvel at the flatheads.

And, yes, we ate like . . .

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Watching the SIU glassblowers and the youth shooting skills ranges were probably our favorite parts of Conservation World.

Other stuff at Conservation World includes fishing and casting for kids, Voyager canoe rides, bird shows (Saturdays and Sundays), Scheer's Lumberjack Show (noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. daily), and the Wild West Show (12:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m. daily) Smokey Bear (1 and 5 p.m. daily) and field dog demonstrations (Friday-Sunday at 4 p.m.)

Conservation World, free with fair entrance, and the Illinois State Fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 17.

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