Fair-goers stopped along the midway Wednesday to watch the first-ever parade at the California Mid-State Fair.
The idea to bring a parade to the fair came about in October when fair organizers received word that the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales weren’t available this year. In previous years, the majestic animals have trotted down the midway for photo opportunities.
In place of the Clydesdales, the fair’s exhibits team along with Cal Poly interns built five push floats to be paraded down the midway with theme music every day at 4:30 p.m. during the fair’s 12-day run. The floats feature details to fit this year’s Southern theme, “Puttin’ on the Gritz,” said Vivian Robertson, CEO of the Mid-State Fair and Paso Robles Event Center.
The first float, decorated with a bayou alligator and its habitat, was finished earlier this month and was featured in Templeton’s Fourth of July Parade. Another float is decked out in a Mardi Gras theme and a birthday cake to celebrate the fair’s 70th anniversary this year, Robertson said.
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The parade starts at the Headliner Stage and heads down the midway to the Frontier Stage near the fair’s south gate. In addition to the floats, it features a band, dancers, mascots and the 2015 Miss California Mid-State Fair queen and her court.