With the theme of “80 Years of Cowboy Boots and Country Roots,” the Jefferson County Fair Parade will roll this Saturday, a week before the fair, at 10 a.m., July 20.

The parade route will travel down 10th Street to B Street, and around Sahalee Park.

Sarah Miller is the grand marshal of this year’s parade, and her late husband Bob Miller is the honorary grand marshal.

You do not have to preregister to be in the parade. Sign up and pick up entry numbers for announcing and judging at the tennis courts on Tenth Street. Entries wishing to be eligible for judging should be in place by 9 a.m., to give judges time for viewing and scoring.

Parade entries will be judged on compliance with the theme, originality, quality of material used, general appearance, and effectiveness of telling the story.

All first and second place entries will be awarded a ribbon. The sweepstakes award for the outstanding float will be a special sweepstakes ribbon.

There are seven divisions to enter for the parade with different prize amounts designated for each. Divisions include: Children, Clubs and Organizations, FFA and 4-H, Representative Courts, Cars, Trucks and Farm Equipment, Commercial and Industrial, and Emergency Vehicles. For subcategories and other information, see page 13 of the Fair Premium Book, or contact the fair office at 541-325-5050.

Discounted presale fair carnival tickets and arm bands are available this week at the fair office and the chamber of commerce office.

The Jefferson County Fair runs July 24-27, with Veterans Day on Wednesday, with a free breakfast for veterans at 8 a.m., Kids Day on Thursday, Senior Day on Friday, and Can Cancer – Wear Purple Day on Saturday. Fair admission is free, but the Friday and Saturday rodeos cost $8 per person.

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