We sponsor and conduct two major bird fairs in Springfield, IL each year, the Illini Bird Fanciers Spring Bird Fair and the Illini Bird Fanciers Fall Bird Fair.
|Illini Bird Fanciers 2016 Bird Fair Calendar|
|Sunday, May 15, 2016 9am-4pm||-||Illini Bird Fanciers 2016 Spring Bird Fair||-||Illinois State Fairgrounds Illinois Building|
|Sunday, September 18, 2016 9am-4pm||-||Illini Bird Fanciers 2016 Fall Bird Fair||-||Illinois State Fairgrounds Illinois Building|
We email a fair announcement and reminder to our IBF Bird Fair Email List subscribers at approximately two weeks and again at approximately two days before our spring and fall bird fairs. You may add or remove yourself, or check your subscription status here:
Our bird fairs feature a wide variety of pet birds for sale by professional and hobbyist breeders as well as specialty vendors offering extensive selections of cages, bird foods and feeders, breeding nests and boxes, bird toys and related bird keeping accessories.
Among the diverse selection of birds available for sale at our bird fairs you are likely to find Macaws, Cockatoos, Amazons, African Greys, Eclectus, Ringnecks, Caiques, Senegals, Pionus, Rosellas, Conures, Quakers, Love Birds, Linnies, Parrotlets, Cockatiels, Parakeets, Canaries, Doves, Quail, and numerous varieties of Finches. Many of the professional and hobbyist breeders vending at our shows hand raise companion birds, so if you are searching for that special bundle of love don't miss our bird fairs.
Whether you are looking to increase your flock, are shopping for larger or additional cages, want to enhance your bird's health and well being with premium foods and entertaining toys, need aviculture advice from the experts, or just enjoy visiting with a fabulous variety of pet and companion birds, we guarantee you will appreciate and enjoy our bird fairs!
To better accommodate additional vendors and increased attendance by the public at our popular bird fairs, we have expanded our Illini Bird Fanciers Spring and Fall Bird Fairs into the 12,272 square foot Illinois Building auditorium, a larger venue and newer facility at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
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Our 2016 bird fairs will be bigger and better than ever, with even more vendors and spacious free on-site parking with easy access for visitors and vendors alike.
An on site food vendor will serve breakfast sandwiches, muffins and rolls for breakfast, sandwiches, hot dogs and fries for lunch, snack items and beverages during our fairs.
Illini Bird Fanciers information specialists will be on hand at our aviculture booth to answer questions and provide experienced advice about the needs of pet birds and properly caring for them.
Be sure and check out our silent auction booth throughout the day for opportunities to bid on and win bargains of bird related and other items donated by our members and participating members of the Springfield area business community.
A transfer tent to circumvent escape accidents while transferring flighted birds between cages or carriers will be provided.
General admission to our Bird Fairs is only $3 with no charge for children 12 years of age or younger. Join Illini Bird Fanciers before or at our bird fairs for free admission among the many other benefits of membership.
Illini Bird Fanciers Bird Fair Vendor Opportunities
Vendor space for our 2016 Spring Bird Fair is limited. Please contact our bird fair manager Mary Warren (217) 836-2836 regarding available space, vendor fees, our bird fair policies and other IBF bird fair related questions.
We feature a mix of both professional and hobbyist breeders and vendors at our bird fairs. Our established fair vendors are awarded priority advanced booking for future fairs, and most return to participate in our annual fairs year after year. As a result of changing and increasing the size of our venue to the Illinois Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, we are now able to offer a limited number of unreserved bookings to additional vendors.
Our bird fair vendors pay a per space fee and all vendor participation and applications are subject to approval by our fair manager. An 8x8 foot vendor space at our upcoming 2016 Spring Bird Fair furnished with one 6-foot table and two chairs is only $40 if paid by May 1st, 2016. Electrical power and additional 6-foot tables are available. Vendor applications must be submitted and approved in advance - consult our vendor application for further details and information.
Out-of-town vendors needing a motel that accepts pet birds and that also provides a rate discount to our bird fair vendors may contact:
Howard Johnson Inn and Suites
1701 J David Jones Parkway