Thursday, Aug. 7


State fair Preview Day features
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[AUG. 7, 2003]  SPRINGFIELD -- The American flag will serve as grand marshal for this year's patriotically themed Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade.

“The flag, which will be carried by Springfield firefighters and police officers, was chosen to demonstrate Illinois' support for the American service people fighting terrorism around the world and for the first responders who protect us here at home,” said Mark Kolaz, deputy director of the state fair.

The parade has a theme this year of “United We Stand” and consists of 148 entries, including 41 floats, eight bands and 14 dignitaries. It will begin Thursday, Aug. 7, at 5:45 p.m. at Ninth Street and North Grand Avenue before traveling down Ninth to Peoria Road and then north on Peoria Road to Eleventh Street, which will take the parade through the main gate. The parade then will follow Main Street through the fairgrounds to Grandstand Avenue before concluding at the north end of the grandstand.


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Following the conclusion of the parade, awards to the best entries will be presented in a ceremony at the Pork Pavilion, and there will be a fireworks display at the grandstand.

Admission to the fairgrounds is free on Preview Night. All carnival rides, including those in Adventure Village, will be open and offered at a discounted price of $1.25 apiece.

For further information about Illinois State Fair contests and activities, visit The 2003 Illinois State Fair officially opens Aug. 8 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 17.

[Illinois State Fair press release]



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