The 50th Annual Harvest Festival Parade in Steelville is Saturday, September 6, at 1:30 p.m. The parade theme this year is “50 Magical Years” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Harvest Festival. The parade is sponsored by the Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce and floats for organizations, businesses and community groups are encouraged.
The annual parade will close Highway 8 and Highway 19 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead for the closure and make alternate travel plans as necessary. The parade will follow the same route as in previous years, starting at the Steelville Middle School, continuing down Main Street and ending at the three-way stop by Auction Auto Sales.
The deadline to register for the parade is Thursday, September 4. Entry forms can be completed by entrants on the day of the parade, as long as all rules and regulations are met, but they will not be considered for judging. Applications are available at FCNB, Peoples Bank and Explore Steelville, as well as online at www.steelvillechamber.com or facebook.com/steelvillechamber.
The parade line up begins at 12:30 p.m. with judging at 1 p.m. First-, second- and third-place awards will be given to business floats, organization floats, original cars and modified cars, as well as the Grand Champion Float. All bicycles will receive a participation ribbon.
All floats, heavy equipment, emergency vehicles, marchers and bands will enter the parade at the Steelville Middle School parking lot. Bikes, politicians, queen candidates and other royalty will enter the parade from the superintendent parking lot. Classic cars will line up on Euclid Street. Horses and Wagons will line up in front of the Crawford County Shed on Euclid Street. Negative coggins will be required for all horses. No motorcycles or ATVs are allowed, unless they are on a trailer.
Parade entries are limited to Steelville area residents, businesses, Ozark Trailblazers members, River Valley Rod Association members and Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce members. Each group or individual will be limited to one entry per party or business, including political parties and heavy equipment. ATVs or motorcycles are not allowed.
For safety’s sake, entries wishing to dispense items will provide two adults on foot to act as safety marshals. Those not meeting safety requirements will not be admitted to the parade. Candy treats will be allowed, but must be done in a non-hazardous manner, no overhand or hard throwing of items.