Each year, the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade marches proudly through Springfield, announcing the ten day annual showcase of Illinois Agriculture and unique entertainment. This year, the gates open at 7:00 a.m. with the parade beginning on August 10th at 5:30 p.m. The parade will step-off at Ninth Street and North Grand Avenue, it will travel 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. Awards will be presented after the parade to the best entries at the Pork Pavilion.
Admission to the fairgrounds is $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 Seniors and Children ages 12 and under are free on Preview Night. All carnival rides, including those in Adventure Village, will be open by 5:00 p.m. and offered at a discounted price.
Become a Part of the Parade
There is something for both young and old in the parade – from marchers to riders on horseback and you too can be a part of the fun. The Illinois State Fair is looking for groups who are interested in participating in the parade. This year's theme is, "Generations of Fun!" Participation details and forms are available below. To view these you will need acrobat reader installed on your machine. Right click on the appropriate link to save the document to your computer.
Marching Band Entry, Prizes And Awards
High School Bands will compete during the Parade, August 10.
Float entries are open to both commercial and non-commercial groups. Floats must be built around the Parade Theme.
A specialty unit is defined as any other parade unit that is not a float, equestrian, or queen. This can include, but is not limited to specialty vehicles, synchronized walking units and entertainers. The number of walkers accompanying any Specialty Unit will be limited, with the exact number determined by the committee.