The Hamilton County Fair Parade, one of the most anticipated events of summer, will take center stage Monday as it passes through downtown Webster City.
Though usually held on the Tuesday of fair week, the event was back up one day to accommodate RAGBRAI?activities and visitors.
The parade begins at 6 p.m. and starts at Prospect and Elm streets, traveling north to Second Street, then east to Superior Street and finally east on Dubuque Street to the Fairgrounds.
Immediately following the fair parade, the new multi-purpose show arena will be dedicated at the Fairgrounds. The event will also feature the presentation of the donors, according to fair officials.
Today will also bring the judging of the Purple Ribbon Pie Contest. The event is an effort to bring back the cherished tradition of fair pie contests. There is a twist, however. Since pie is the number one attraction for RAGBRAI riders, many clubs, groups, churches and other organizations will be serving the tasty treat as part of their food menus. So all were encouraged to bake just one more pie and enter it in the Purple Ribbon Pie Contest set for Monday at the Fair.
Contest rules are that it can be any kind of pie with one or two crusts. No custard or meringue topped pies are eligible due to food handling safety rules. And the pie must entered by a club, group, church or other organization.
The winning pie takes home a purple rosette, trophy, $50 in prize money and bragging rights. Second prize is $15 and third receives $10.
Normally, the entire pie would be displayed in the Food Exhibit area in the Floral Building, but this year only a slice of the pie will be retained. The remainder of the pie will be available for tasting after judging.
The Fair officials ask that each group bring a 3-by-5-inch card displaying their group's name and address. If the group is hosting a food booth during RAGBRAI, they are also encouraged to provide a flyer with their menu, prices and serving times to advertise their event.
There is no pre-entry required. Groups should check-in their entries between 8 a.m. and noon today at the Floral Building on the Fairgrounds. Continuous judging begins at 10 a.m. Judging is open to public viewing.