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Illinois Day of the Dozer

On Saturday, September 9th, kids will get the experience of a lifetime . . . a chance to see and ride heavy construction and farming equipment! Illinois’ Day of the Dozer runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington. IL.

In its past 18 years, more than 12,000 kids have attended this one-of-a-kind event! On this day, the kids will be in the driver’s seat and actually operate dozers, excavators, and other heavy equipment with a professional operator at their side.
Additional farming, construction and Emergency vehicles will be on exhibit, plus the world’s largest sandbox and other kid friendly activities. Food, refreshments, and souvenirs will be available. It’s a great day for good dirty fun!

Tickets for kids are $7 in advance, and $6 at the gate. Admission includes souvenir ‘Hard hat’. Purchase tickets in advance at: or in Bloomington at Hy-Vee, The School Shop, and Stark Excavating. (Tickets not required for adults.)

Honorary Chairmen are David Stark, CEO of Stark Excavating, and local agricultural leader, Jim Finnigan. Major Sponsors are Stark Excavating, Finnigan Farms, Radio Bloomington, and WMBD-WYZZ TV.

Proceeds will benefit the “Stay 4” Project®; a local initiative designed to address the high school drop-out crisis and help low-income students that demonstrate the ability to succeed yet are at risk for dropping out.

For more information and to purchase tickets online go to, call 309-828-3406, or email

September 9, 2023 10:00 AM – September 9, 2023 4:00 PM
McLean County Fairgrounds
1106 Interstate Drive
Bloomington, Illinois 61705
Admission varies
Register online at
(309) 828-3406