Franklin County Fair organizers are hoping to start a new tradition this year with a parade through Union to kick off the annual event.
Fair Chairman Eric Schmuke said the parade will be Sunday, July 7, and will be followed by a dance at the fairgrounds.
The Fair runs from Thursday, July 11, through Sunday, July 14. Schmuke noted that the parade is being held at the request of some event organizers and sponsors.
“We’ve had a couple of groups that have wanted us to do it over the last few years,” he said. “We put it to the side but just decided to do it this year.”
Fair Co-Chair Kate Schroeder, who is organizing the Fair parade, said preliminary participants include the Franklin County Fair Queen contestants, Fair Board members, mud run participants, Rafter 7P Productions and those associated with the bull riding event.
The board is inviting all advertising sponsors, event planners, nonprofit organizations, and the FFA and 4-H clubs to be in the parade. The public is invited to come out to watch the parade.
“We are hoping to have the FFA and 4-H members show off their groups, along with any tractor and truck pullers showing off their vehicles,” Schroeder said.
She added that others in the community are invited to take part.
“We hope our civic organizations — such as Kiwanis, Lions, and Jaycees who support the Fair with booths — are represented along with vendors New Hope Church and the Franklin County Democratic Club,” she said.
Schroeder said the Cyclones Football team and Immaculate Conception Grade School which will be in charge of gates during the Fair, also will take part.
“Our mission for the parade is to help spread the word of the Fair, but also to thank our supporters by giving them another opportunity to present themselves to the public,” she said. “We couldn’t do it without the help of all the organizations that help along the way, including past chairmen and board members.”
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. outside of Union City Hall. It will travel west on Locust Street, north on Church Street and west on Main Street.
The parade will go to Washington Avenue where it will go north to Park Avenue where it goes west. The parade ends at the fairgrounds. At the Fairgrounds there will be an open air dance beginning at 7 p.m.
There will be drinks available for purchase during that event.
Some of the major events this year include:
Thursday, July 11 — Queen contest and the pig scramble;
Friday, July 12 — Mid-Missouri Off Roaders mud run and local band, Crazy Aunt Linda, in the entertainment tent;
Saturday, July 13 — National Federation of Professional Bullriders bull ride and Randy Houser on the main stage;
Sunday, July 14 — Truck and tractor pull.