SOURCE: Iowa State Fair

June 14, 2007 12:19 ET

Apply Now to Be Part of the 2007 Iowa State Fair Parade

DES MOINES, IA--(Marketwire - June 14, 2007) - Those who wish to participate in Iowa's largest parade and the kick-off to the 2007 Iowa State Fair must apply by Monday, July 2. This year's Fair runs August 9-19. The parade is open to anyone who wishes to enter, including community and youth groups, special interest clubs and businesses.

Entrants are required to incorporate the 2007 Fair theme, "Sounds Like Fun" into their parade unit design. Undecorated commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Applications are available at, or by contacting Katie Schirmer at 515/262-3111 ext. 402 or at There is a $20 fee for each parade entry. Entries postmarked later than July 2 must include a late fee of $10.

The parade, set for Wednesday, August 8, will begin at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Des Moines. Spectators will be able to watch more than 200 floats, animals, vehicles, novelty and performing units. Staging will take place at the State Capitol Complex. Parade entrants will then travel west on Grand Avenue to 13th Street. Dispersion will take place between 13th and 18th Streets.

Three viewing areas along the route are accessible to disabled persons: the intersections of East 4th Street and Grand (south side) East 1st Street and Grand (south side) and 6th Avenue and Grand (north side).

Highlights of the gala event will be re-broadcast throughout central Iowa on KDSM FOX 17 beginning at 9:35 p.m., on parade night. To be considered for television coverage, the description information on the application must be completed and returned. Due to the length of the parade, it is not possible for all entries to be televised.

The 2007 Iowa State Fair "Sounds Like Fun" August 9-19. For more information call 800/545-FAIR or visit

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Tom Lloyd

    Lori Chappell
    515/262-3111 ext. 204