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West Fest parade seeking entries

Registrations for the 20th Annual West Fest Parade, set for Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m., as a highlight of the day-long West Fest observance, are encouraged and presently being accepted.

In an effort to make the prize pot a little sweeter this year, West Fest Committee officials are offering a grand cash prize of $1,000 for best in theme playing off of this year's choice of "West Fest 20 - Celebrate."

Publicity chairman Larry Lubben said this larger cash prize is being offered to entice entries to use their imaginations and creativity incorporating this year's theme, in arriving at the most visually pleasing float possible.

Cash prizes of $500 each will also be awarded respectively in the parade judging categories of Mayor's Choice and Community Pride, which also must play off the celebrating 20 years theme.

Longtime West Fargo resident and businessman Frank Lenzmeier will be leading the parade entries as grand marshal, with the route beginning at the corner of Third Street and Second Avenue and traveling from Sheyenne Street to Tenth Avenue, before ending up at Second Street.

Lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue, near the Lodoen Community Center, with judging of entries taking place at 11 a.m. Winners will be presented with a poster to place on their float prior to the parade and will receive special recognition in front of the grandstand.

Registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 7. Cost for entries is: $100 for a business, $50 for non-profit, and $25 for each additional entry. After Sept. 7, rates will increase to $200, $100 and 50 respectively.

Registration forms along with an official schedule of West Fest activities are available on the city of West Fargo website at or by stopping by the city offices at 800 4th Ave. E., where registration can also be completed.

The entry forum also includes information about the 'dos' and 'don'ts' connected with parade participation, including those pertaining to horse units, candy tossing stipulations involving youngsters, as well as parade performances, just to name a few.

More information on the West Fest parade and other West Fest activities will be forthcoming as details are firmed up in advance of the Sept. 17 observance.