Annual Parade to Kick-Off 2018 Iowa State Fair

Delbert Routh selected as Parade Marshal

DES MOINES, IA (08/08/2018) (readMedia)-- The 2018 Iowa State Fair Parade serves as the kick- off to the 2018 Iowa State Fair. Delbert Routh from Diagonal, Iowa will serve as the 2018 Parade Marshal and will lead the parade through the streets of downtown Des Moines.

Delbert started coming to the Fair as a child and has been involved as a vendor, sponsor, volunteer and friend of the Fair. He has spent countless hours in the livestock barns and played a significant role in the Clearfield Lions, the State Fair parades and Super Bull contests to name a few. Delbert and his wife, Bernadine, have 2 daughters who grew up at the Iowa State Fair and have countless wonderful memories with their Dad at the Fair.

The parade will travel from the Capitol down Grand Avenue and end at 13th Street near the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

IPTV will live broadcast the Iowa State Fair Parade tonight starting at 6:15 p.m. statewide as well as on Facebook.

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Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa's greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. "Nothing Compares" to State Fair Moments, August 9-19, 2018. For more information, visit