This year's Fair hours are from 10:00 am till 9:00 pm.
Visitors to Custer Fair are happy to be there. Smiles greet you wherever you go. From the historic Main St. and Chicago Ave. store buildings to the tree lined Washington St. residential area you can find places to please. 350 Artists and craftspeople from across the nation come together on the third weekend of June every year to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques and collectables. They are joined by 150 local businesses and commercial exhibitors who put on an old fashioned Sidewalk Sale.
Over 30 food vendors offer a full international menu featuring the old favorites as well as new fare. All reasonably priced.
The entertainment at Custer Fair amazes and delights. The Festival Stage features some of Chicagoland's jazz legends like FlashBack Chicago, The Terré Cohen Orchestra conducted by Rich Maisel, Bopology, Blake and Blue, Jack Hubble Jazz Outfit, and John Temmerman's Jazz Obsession Quartet. It has also featured Canadian folk star David Francey, Wailin' Walter, the Kent McDaniel Band, the Shoreliner Chorus and Billy J. Ivers & The Lonesome City Bluegrass Band.
The Arena Stage features a Native American Pow Wow on both days put on by The Native American Dance Troupe. Also featured are festival favorite Kraig Kenning, Christopher Greene & New Perspective. Then there is the all female Hurricane Saxophone Quartet. The Homewreckers and the Mark Cleveland Band get everybody on their feet. This stage has featured the like of Corky Siegel and Frank Donaldson brought down the house.
In Eiden Park on Washington Ave, the kids have a great time receiving free balloon sculptures from the terrific teen clowns of Starfish Learning Center, and enjoying the amazing Jugglerman-Adam Zeisler.
The Piccolo Theatre Commedia Troupe performs both on the Show Stage and in Eiden Park.
Come to the fair. See old friends and make new friends. As the Chicago Sun-Times said, come and .."Romp-Stomp and Shop at The Custer Fair."
While visiting Main Street Station Shopping District and the Custer Fair be sure to check out the performance offerings of Piccolo Theatre Ensemble at PiccoloTheatre.com. The Piccolo Theatre Ensemble performs in their intimate theatre in the Piccolo Arts Depot, a.k.a the Main Street Metra Station!