Iowa State Fair


August 12, 2021

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:

Marching Bands

Governor's Cup – SW Iowa Honor Band

Best Performance – Waverly-Shell Rock

Youth Dance/Tumbling

1st DMI Dance Force

2nd The Dance Avenue

3rd Express Yourself Dance Co.


1st Rancho El Carretero

2nd Mrs. Nationwide 2021- Holly Oden

3rd Escaramuza Amazonas Del Bajio

Best Use of Fair Theme

1st THRIVE Affordable Vet Care

2nd All-Pets Hospital

3rd Central Iowa Model A Club

Most Creative/Originality

1st CTI Ready Mix

2nd National American Miss Iowa Queens

3rd Iowa Honey Producers Association