Annual Parade to Kick-Off 2015 Iowa State Fair
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Des Moines, IA
The 2015 Iowa State Fair Parade will be Wednesday, August 12 at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Des Moines. Over 120 different floats, animals, vehicles, and performing units are set to kick-off this year's "Fair Tour," August 13-23.
The Iowa State Fair Parade is the state's largest parade and sets the stage for one of Iowa's premier events, the Iowa State Fair. Staging will take place at the State Capitol complex and parade entrants will then travel west on Grand Avenue to 13th Street. Dispersion will take place between 13th and 18th Streets.
Arlette Hollister will lead the parade this year serving as the Parade Marshal. Arlette has been a mainstay in the Foods Department at the Iowa State Fair for nearly 30 years and is excited to lead the kickoff to another great Fair. Arlette and her family have been attending the Iowa State Fair for over 50 years, and she has spent every Fair since the summer of 1986 as the Foods Department Superintendent. Through Arlette's efforts, the Food Department has grown from 27 divisions to 228 divisions and entries have increased from 4,053 to 10,597. To honor Arlette's years of service and dedication to the Fair, she will kick off this year's "Fair Tour" and lead the parade.
Highlights of the event will be re-broadcast on parade night throughout central Iowa on KDSM Fox 17 beginning at 10 p.m. "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair, August 13-23.
About Iowa State Fair
Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair, located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines, is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. Nothing Compares to Fair Favorites, August 8-18, 2019. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.