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Fair Parade Attracts Hundreds of Entries

Fair Parade Attracts Hundreds of Entries

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Despite the cold and dreary weather this morning, the North Dakota State Fair Parade marched on.

Over 200 floats were entered in the parade this year.

I caught up with some of the float creators to find out The State Fair Parade is in many ways the unofficial kick off to the North Dakota State Fair.

Thousands crowd the streets to see hundreds of well decorated floats pass by one after another.

While spectators may only see these floats for a matter of a few minutes, preparing and building these mobile works of art can take days, months or even years.

(Teresa Loftesnes, Director of Marketing, MSU) "We started planning the centennial three years ago, and so last summer we started in hernest planning for the state fair and so we worked all year planning with a team of marketers and this is what we have today."

Loftesnes said Minot State considered having an outside group create the float but were glad they decided to do it themselves.

Once the float is created, getting it to the parade is a task on its own.

(Bob Bruhaug, Thor Lodge, Sons of Norway) "Hardest thing is to get the head and the tail on in town here because I live 20 miles out of town and it doesn't travel well on the highway... you can't travel to well with the heads on, so you have to take them off and put them back on."

But it's not just creating or hauling the floats that take a lot of effort.

(Jennifer Wahl, Float Creator) "We have about one thousand balls and so we blow everyone of them up and pop them out to the crowd as we walk through...Just spent most of the day yesterday organizing, lifting, getting everything put together.

Despite the hard hard work and effort put towards preparing these floats, it's all worth it because the parade has a special meaning to each person...

(Bob Bruhaug, Thor Lodge, Sons of Norway) "I think it's good that we can get new members possibly throughout the fair.

(Jennifer Wahl, Float Creator) "Oh I love it. It's a lot of work but it is well worth it."

(Teresa Loftesnes, Director of Marketing, MSU) "State Fair brings so many guests to the community and it's just a big celebration for us. Because of course when you live in North Dakota the fair is a big deal, and the parade is a big deal."

Another parade down, now the preparation for next year can begin.

In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

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