A mid-summer tradition is well on its way, taking place the third weekend in July. The Nodaway County Fair Parade, sponsored by the Maryville Chamber Ambassadors, will be held on Saturday, July 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The parade route will follow Fourth Street east from the Northwest Missouri State University campus then turn South on Buchanan and end at Second Street. This year’s theme is “Blast from the Past.”
The chamber welcomes floats, antique cars, trucks, and implements, horse entries, clowns, politicians, children and families. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Registration is free and forms are available at the chamber office or at the chamber website at www.maryvillechamber.com or register at the registration table in the parking lot west of the Ron Houston Performing Arts Center. First and second place trophies will be awarded for best float by an organization, best float from a commercial entry, and best entry in our open category. There will be a trophy for best antique car, truck, and farm implement. Trophies will be awarded to participants with horses for best costume and largest group. The final award, the President’s Choice Trophy, will be presented by Jeff Bram, Chamber President.
Please note – floats, vehicles, implements, etc. may not be any wider than 25 feet and no taller than 14 feet to be included in the parade. Entries with horses will be positioned at the rear of the parade and will also be responsible for their own animal waste removal. Participants in judged categories must be in place by 8:00 a.m. For liability and safety reasons, roller blades, skates and skateboards are not allowed. All candy and giveaway items must be handed out, not thrown from a moving vehicle. ATVs and motorcycles must remain on all wheels at all times.