The last full week of July will be a busy one for local and county residents as they participate in the 95th annual Hamilton County Fair and welcome thousands of bicycle riders for an overnight stay in Webster City.
In order to accommodate the fair and RAGBRAI?visitors, the Hamilton County Fairboard said it will move the annual kick-off parade to July 23 - one day early than usual.
"Nothing is changing, except the day,"?said Tim Holt, president of the fairboard. "We will continue with the same time schedule, same line up spots and same route as always."
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Driving their restored IH tractors in the 2011 Hamilton County Fair parade are (front to back) Mike Pruismann, Bill Biggins and Paul Pruismann, all of Webster City.
Michele Chalfant, of Webster City, is the chairperson of the event and said she wants to ask everyone from the participants to the onlookers to pick up any debris from the parade route in order to keep the city clean for the bike riders who will arrive the next day.
The annual parade will also be getting help on the cleanup from The Trash Man. Their trucks will be scheduled as the last entries in the parade so that their personnel and other volunteers can collect the parade litter in one sweep.
After the parade winds its way to the Fairgrounds, the public is invited to participate in the dedication of the new multi-purpose arena.
The 4-H Dog Show will be the first event scheduled in the building with a start time of 8 a.m. on July 24.
Parade route and entry forms will be available on the fair website, www.hamiltoncountyfairia.com or maybe obtained at the secretary's office on the Fairgrounds, Chalfant Plumbing and the Extension Office.