DES MOINES, IA (05/19/2010)(readMedia)-- Applications are now being accepted for entries to participate in Iowa's largest parade and the kick-off to the 2010 Iowa State Fair, set for August 12-22. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, July 1.

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 2010 Fair theme, "Non Stop Fun," into their parade unit design. Undecorated commercial vehicles will not be allowed.

Applications are available at iowastatefair.org, or by contacting Tonya Cook at 515/262-3111 ext. 215 or tcook@iowastatefair.org. There is a $25 fee for each parade entry. Entries postmarked later than July 1 must include a $15 late fee. No entries will be accepted after July 15.

The parade, set for Wednesday, August 11, will begin at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Des Moines. Spectators will be able to watch an estimated 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.

Highlights of the gala event will be re-broadcast on parade night throughout central Iowa on FOX 17 beginning at 10 p.m. 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 Iowa State Fair is set for "Non Stop Fun" August 12-22, 2010. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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