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Midwest Charity Horse Show and Illinois State Fairgrounds Updates
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

As many know Midwest’s 2017 edition, June 13-17, 2017, will be held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Covered Arena due to the closure of the Coliseum. For purposes of clarification, Midwest Charity’s Board of Directors wanted to provide detail for our trainers and exhibitors about the show arena and additional warm-up rings that have been added. These include the Livestock Center for the ease of our barns stabled at the far end of the horse complex as well as the Food-A-Rama adjacent to the Coliseum and of course Barns 13 and 14.
 
Covered Arena - Square footage of the Covered Arena is very similar to many venues that Midwest’s trainers and exhibitors are already familiar. Progress is being made on construction to enclose the venue. The Covered Arena measures 225' x 146' (Bleachers on the north side will take up 15', then the fencing will take a few feet as well) for a total of 32,850 Sq. feet empty.  With Bleachers, 210' x 146' = 30,660 Sq. feet.


 
Below are the dimensions of other popular horse show venues. These dimensions came from each individual show’s prize list.
 
Rock Creek: 260' x 125' = 32,000 Sq. feet.
 
Madison Classic: 100' x 220' = 22,000 Sq. feet.
 
St. Louis National: 120' x 240' = 28,800 Sq. feet.
 
IL State Fair Coliseum: 241' x 116' = 27,956 Sq. feet.
 
Warm Up Rings - The new Food-A-Rama: 150’ x 80’ = 12,000 Sq. feet. The street will be blocked to accommodate horse traffic.
 
Barn 14: 175' x 65' (small practice arena with stabling across from covered arena) = 11,375 Sq. feet.
 
Barn 13: 150' x 100' = 15,000 Sq. feet.

Exhibitors will enjoy seeing their favorite vendors around the horse complex, featuring food, show supplies, clothing and accessories, fine jewelry and artwork. Vendors who were in the Coliseum will relocate to the front of Barn 14, directly across from the Covered Arena and to other nearby locations within the horse complex. The current list of vendors include: A Little Silver Lining, Loose Ends Jewelry, Show Horse Tack and St. Louis Harness.
 
Please remember to make your hotel reservations early as there is an FFA convention in town the Monday and Tuesday at the start of the show.
 
Midwest Charity Horse Show’s 76th annual show includes distinguished panel of judges: Michael Craghead, Fresno, Calif.; Sandra Currier, Bellville, Texas; and Nancy Troutman, Salem, Va. Michael Grimm, Kansas City, Mo. will judge Arabians.

 
For more information about the Midwest Charity Horse Show call Show Manager/President, Carole Kennedy at 217-414-1900. Those who are online can log-on to www.midwestcharity.com to peruse the 2017 prize list and to check for updates regarding the 2017 show. Also don’t forget to like and follow us on FaceBook.

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