Everybody loves a parade! To young and old, the Fair parade, without a doubt, is one of the best events held every year in this area. It is a big draw because it has something of interest for all ages.

It is especially a treat for the youngsters. They have enjoyed it, along with their parents and other relatives, for 18 years. The 19th Fair parade promises to live up to its reputation as a highly pleasurable event. There will be floats, bands, dance groups and a wide variety of other entries. The Girl Scouts will have a large presence since it is their 100th birthday, along with a large group from Mercy, which is celebrating its merger with Patients First. A new feature is that Mercy will give out free ice cream at several locations along the parade route. Yes, of course, the Fair queen contestants will be riding in convertibles, accompanied by the 2011 Fair queen and her court.

The grand marshals will be two men who have given their technical services to the Fair for many years. They are Ron Unnerstall and Gary Terschluse of Washington Engineering & Architecture. They just recently designed, free of charge, the new stage/facility at the fairgrounds. Certainly they are deserving of this honor.

We are looking forward to seeing a very special entry, the St. Louis Green Berets, Special Forces Association Chapter XXVII. They will be riding in military vehicles.

The parade route is the same and the after-parade party will be held on the Main and Elm lot. There will be music and refreshments.

The theme for the parade is the same as for the Fair — “Making Memories.” People don’t forget their good times at the Fair and at the parade.