Miami County Dance Movement, celebrating its 10th year, placed first for Best Float, Open Class, at last year’s Rotary Fair Parade.

Community organizations, businesses and more will be showcased during the 73rd annual Miami County Fair Parade, sponsored by the Paola Rotary Club.

The parade will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, in downtown Paola.

This year’s theme is “Serve to Change Lives.”

People can go to paolarotaryclub.org to fill out the form to be in the parade or contact Ty McBride at (913) 731-7077. The deadline for entries is July 21.

According to the Rotary Club website, the floats need to line up at 6 p.m. and judging will begin at 6:20 p.m., prior to the start of the parade.

The parade will assemble on Peoria Street. The parade will start at City Hall and then travel west to Silver Street, south to Wea Street, east to Pearl Street and south to Osage Street. The parade will disband at the corner of Osage and Pearl. East Street, north from Osage, can be used for parade entries wishing to return downtown.

There will be a recognition trophy for all saddle club members that are participating with 10 or more horses and riders.

Trophies will be awarded to the top three entries in each category, which includes antique cars, classic cars, antique or classic tractors, horse or mule and riders, pony hitch cars, saddle clubs, 4-H floats and open class floats.

Cash prizes of $50, $40 and $30 will be given to first, second and third places, respectively, to the 4-H and open float categories.

For more information, visit paolaro taryclub.org. Lineup information is also on the website.

Senior Managing Editor Brian McCauley can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or brian.mccauley@miconews.com.

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