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HISTORIC SANDWICH FAIR COLLECTOR'S PINS

The commemorative fair pins began in 1993 and the tradtition has been carried on. Both Quen Carpenter and Jackie Dannewitz have illustrated the pins based on the Fair landmarks.

For further information contact Jackie: souvenirs@sandwichfair.com

Get your 2013 Fair pin.

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2013 Fair Pin

The Farm Zoo was started in 1967 by Fair Director Milford Clausen in cooperation with instructors and local Future Farmers of America chapters from Sandwich, Shabbona, Somonauk, and Waterman. Part of the 1880 sheep barn was remodeled to house the zoo.

  • image01 Year: 2012
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    Year 2012

    To celebrate the 126th Sandwich Fair, the original Secretary’s Office is featured on the 2013 pin. This marks the second year that this building is being used as the Sandwich Fair Museum. There are many displays of Fair memorabilia and collections. It is open every day of the Fair. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image02 Year: 2011
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    Year 2011

    For the second time, the original Ticket Office was featured on the 2011 pin. Built in 1897, it was located at the Main entrance on Suydam Road just around the bend from the present Secretary’s Office. It is now located at Gate 5. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image03 Year: 2010
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    Year 2010

    Fans have attended the popular Tractor Pulls held at the Fair since 1965. The pulls originally took place in front of the Grandstand on the racetrack. A new 300 foot track was installed in 1997, just inside the racetrack. The 2010 pin shows one of these sophisticated pulling tractors. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image04 Year: 2009
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    Year 2009

    Gas engines and farm machinery have been on display at the Fair for over a century. The 2009 pin reminds fairgoers of days gone by. Gas engines and antique farm machinery are displayed inside the train track. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image05 Year: 2008
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    Year 2008

    The cornucopia shown on the 2008 pin boasts prize winning produce that is exhibited at each Fair. Today’s premium book lists over 500 open and junior entry choices in the horticulture department. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image06 Year: 2007
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    Year 2007

    Built in the same year, the Secretary’s Office was featured on the 2007 pin. It is located on the southeast corner of the Fairgrounds and used year round by the Fair Secretary, staff, and directors. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image07 Year: 2006
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    Year 2006

    The Dairy Barn dates back to 1880. It is the oldest building in use on the Fairgrounds. In 1925 it was moved 30 feet to the east. An addition was added in 1992 and a lean-to in 1996. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image08 Year: 2005
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    Year 2005

    The Home Arts Building appears for the third time on the Fair pin! Fairgoers were treated to birthday cake to celebrate this building’s 100th birthday. Over the years this building has been called Floral Hall, Industrial Hall, Women’s Building, and presently the Home Arts Building. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image09 Year: 2004
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    Year 2004

    Built in 1904, the Hog Barn was featured on the 2004 pin to celebrate its 100th birthday. Additions were made to this building in 1922 and 1956. A covered show ring was added in 1985. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image10 Year: 2003
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    Year 2003

    The iconic Otto’s Train has offered rides to families since 1953. The Iron Pony was replaced in 1974 by a Burlington 3000 replica. Both trains were built by Augie Otto of Sandwich. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image11 Year: 2002
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    Year 2002

    Located just north of the Home Arts Building, the Gazebo provides information ot fairgoers as well as a variety of official Sandwich Fair Souvenirs. It was built in 1993. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image12 Year: 2001
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    Year 2001

    Harness racing has been an attraction during the Fair since it began. The original half mile track, just south of the present racetrack was in place in 1888. Today’s racetrack was installed in 1891. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image13 Year: 2000
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    Year 2000

    The Home Arts Building was again the subject of the 2000 fair pin. Located in the center of the Fairgrounds, it has been a meeting place for fairgoers for many years. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image14 Year: 1999
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    Year 1999

    The Horse Barn is located at the entrance of Gate 4. The race horses housed in this building for most of the year are relocated, so the poultry exhibits can move in during the Fair. The Horse Barn was built in 1914. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image15 Year: 1998
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    Year 1998

    The Roy LaBolle Family of Somonauk donated the 1920 windmill to the Fair in 1970. The original well was dug in 1939 by L. R. Evans, but is no longer in use. The windmill, with its multicolored fan blades, has become an icon of the Sandwich Fair. Drawing by Jackie Dannewitz.

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  • image16 Year: 1997
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    Year 1997

    The Grandstand was built in 1913 for a cost of $5250. Additional bleachers were added to the west end in 1927 and the reserved section was added in 1946. Drawing by Quen Carpenter.

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  • image17 Year: 1996
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    Year 1996

    The octagon shaped Horticulture Building was rebuilt in 1931 and resembles the structure that burned that same year due to leaf burning. An addition was built on the east side in 1957. Drawing by Quen Carpenter.

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  • image18 Year: 1995
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    Year 1995

    The Round Office was moved to its present location in 1906. It was built in 1900 and believed to have been used as a bandstand and judges stand or timers stand at the racetrack. This is the first of many pins that is shaped like the building it depicts. Drawing by Quen Carpenter.

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  • image19 Year: 1994
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    Year 1994

    This enameled pin shows the original Ticket Office (built in the late 1800”s) and gates which are now located at Gate 5 on the west end of the Fairgrounds. Drawing by Quen Carpenter.

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  • image20 Year: 1993
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    Year 1993

    The very first Fair pin featured the Home Arts Building. This building, built in 1905, is home to both open and junior culinary and needlework exhibits. This year also marks the first year the Fair sold “official” Sandwich Fair Souvenirs. Drawing by Quen Carpenter.

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