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Hundreds camp out in preparation for Du Quoin State Fair

Barney and Shirley Beard in front of their camper at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Barney and Shirley Beard in front of their camper at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Some of the hundreds of campers lined up at the fairgrounds. (Source: Giaccomo Luca, KFVS) Some of the hundreds of campers lined up at the fairgrounds. (Source: Giaccomo Luca, KFVS)
The Grandstand, one day before the kick off of the Du Quoin State Fair. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) The Grandstand, one day before the kick off of the Du Quoin State Fair. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) - The recent heatwave hasn't stopped fair goers from camping out at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in preparation for the grand opening of the 2014 Du Quoin State Fair.

Hundreds of campers are already lined up on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Some campers, like Barney and Shirley Beard of Benton, Illinois, have been camping since the last week of July.

"[It is a] family affair, have good clean entertainment, a lot of fun and a lot of laughs," Barney Beard said.

The Beards have made going to the Du Quoin State Fair a family tradition.

"Barney and I, that you interviewed a while ago, have been married 62 years," Shirley Beard said. "Do you know where we met? And when we were in high school? Under a Ferris wheel."

Their camping neighbor, Joice Vaughn of Carbondale, Illinois, has known the family for 25 years. They met camping at the Du Quoin State Fair. Vaugh said she and her husband have also made it a family affair.

"You just get to meet so many people," Vaughn said. "Every year, they're in the same  spot almost, nobody gets that spot because you know that's where they go. So, it's nice, it's a good time."

The Du Quoin State Fair runs through September 1.

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