Parade entry registrations are still being accepted and may be acquired at the website, www.cannonvalleyfair.org/parade or picked up at the Beacon office from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. week days, at Althoff Hardware or at Vasa-Spring Garden Insurance all in downtown Cannon Falls.
Entrants will begin lining up at 10 a.m. in the area surrounding the high school, for the 11:30 a.m. start at East Side Park on Friday, July 4.
The one and one-half mile route past an estimated crowd of 20,000 lining the streets travels west on Minnesota St. to Second St., south on Second St. to Mill St., crossing the bridge to the fairgrounds, where the Cannon Valley Fair concludes its 2014 run.
A sampling of more than 60 current parade entries include The American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard, Grand Marshal Mike Daniels, Sons of the American Legion Veterans Memorial, Cannon Falls Wine & Arts Festival, Lake Byllesby Improvement Association, Cannon Falls Historical Society, Cannon Falls Community Band, Royalty from surrounding communities, Congressman John Kline, Rochester Shriners Mighty Mights motorized unit, Vince Cockriel Military Museum, two teams of Belgian Horses, Red Wing Lodge of the Sons of Norway and Cannon Valley Shriners.
Along the parade route near the Cannon Valley Winery on Mill Street, local resident Pat Dougherty, CF Schools Board member and well-known disc jockey, will announce the floats on a public address system, as the pagentry continues on to the fairgrounds.
Many of the events, including the parade, are successful through generous donations which may be included with registration.
Further information and sponsorship details are available by contacting the fair office, 507-263-3548, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting their website at www.cannonvalleyfair.org.
If animals or music are part of, or included with, a float, the Fair Association should be notified so that line up will be safe for all. Proof of vehicle and animal insurance is required and may be included with an entry form.
Items may be distributed to, but not be thrown into, the parade crowd, nor are water balloons allowed, due to safety concerns.
Parade chair Jim Pagel stated, "Thank you to the CFPD and the city's Public Works who place the barricades for the parade and then take everything down. They deserve our appreciation and don't get recognized enough for all their work."
Looking forward to next year's Centennial Celebration, The Rochester Shriners Cycle Patrol has already been booked.
At the conclusion of this year's festivities, registrations will be accepted for the 100-year anniversary Cannon Valley Fair Independence Day Parade.