LC Fair looking for items to bury in time capsule

The Lake County Fair is giving residents the opportunity to submit ideas of items to be sealed into a time capsule and buried in the Lake County Fairgrounds.

The time capsule will be dug up in 15 years on the fair's 100th anniversary.

“We're really hoping for out-of-the-box ideas,” said Angela Panateri, marketing and events coordinator for the fair.

From now until July 22, Panateri said people can send in a description and a photo of a fair-related item they think represents 2013, for consideration.

The photo and description are required because there is limited space inside the circular time capsule, which is 5 inches wide by 22 inches high.

Panateri said she would put her fair pins inside. “I've been visiting the fair since I was 6 years old and have a collection,” Panateri said.

Ideas can be sent in via email to or posted on the Lake County Fair facebook page.

On opening day of the fair on Wednesday, July 24, fair staff, along with invited guests who submitted items, will bury the capsule.

“We're hoping each person can tell the crowd why they chose the item,” Panateri said. “It will be a good way to see how we've changed throughout the years.”

What would you put in a time capsule?

In honor of Lake County Fair's new time capsule to be buried July 24, Lake County Journal asked local residents what they would chose to put in a time capsule.

Rescue bots and transformers are the two different types of toys 5-year-old Xander Hubert of Lindenhurst would put in his time capsule, so he may remember what he played with 15 years from now.

His sister, Becki Witt, 11, said she'd definitely put in her favorite pink and black checkered shirt. And their mom, Katija Volodka-Hubert would add to that an iPhone 5 because “in the future they'll be on the iPhone 200.”

Sean Wales of Fox Lake said he'd bury the online role-playing game World of Worldcraft and a Red Robin menu, because “their burgers are awesome.”

Jocelyn Siso of Lake Villa would chose a picture of the city of Gurnee because that's where she shops with her daughter Janelle Siso, whom opted for a poster of the band One Direction because she's seeing them for the first time in concert soon.

Both Luke Michalah, 17, of Gurnee and Mitch Maan de Kok, 17, of Waukegan said the items that would best represent the times for them are tube socks and sandals.

Carrie Maggiore of Gurnee said the items she would chose would be too big to fit into a time capsule so she would take pictures of them instead. She's a mom of three and said “my kids' bikes, an ice cream machine with a lever that pushes out the swirled ice cream and an iPad or iPhone.”

That's what she'd like to see and remember years later, Maggiore said.