The State-Journal Register has been busy covering the Illinois State Fair in a number of ways — whether it’s what’s new this year in children’s activities, a photo gallery of a headliner band, political activities or just sharing the daily schedule, the paper is keeping its readers informed. Here are some style tips to know when covering any fair.

An event can only be described as annual if it has been held in two or more successive years.

Ferris wheel, with a capital “F,” is named after George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., who designed the first Ferris wheel for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

The fair’s name should be capitalized as an official title, for example: the Illinois State Fair. Lowercase fair on second reference.

A grandstand is a large, usually permanent and covered structure for seating crowds of people. Unlike a stadium, it does not wrap all the way around. Some events, including the Illinois State Fair and the Iowa State Fair, capitalize Grandstand as a proper noun to refer to their fairgrounds’ structure.

A stock show, short for livestock show, is an event where animals are exhibited and judged on breed standards.

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