August 9, 2019
The Iowa State Fair Parade, held Wednesday evening prior to the start of the Fair, is the largest in Iowa and also serves as the official kick-off to the Fair.
Floats, cars, trucks, motorcycles and performing arts groups from around Iowa paraded from the State Capitol down Grand Avenue, through downtown Des Moines.
Parade Contest Results below:
Best Use of Fair Theme – City Serve from Capitol City Church
Most Creative/Original – Iowa Camaro Enthusiasts
Best Use of Fair Theme – DMI Dance Force
Most Creative/Original – Tribe Athletics
Best Entry Overall – Budweiser Clydesdales
Governor’s Cup – Cedar Falls High School Tiger Marching Band
Best Overall Performance – Waverly Shell Rock High School
Runner Up – Des Moines East High School Marching Scarlets
The Iowa State Fair is one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country and the single largest event in the state. The Fair began over 160 years ago and is now considered one of the best events in the nation. Attracting more than one million Fairgoers every year from all over the world, truly nothing compares! The fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University, just off the interstate and minutes from Downtown Des Moines. Nothing Compares to State Fair Favorites: August 8-18, 2019. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.