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West Fest parade entries still being sought

By Karen Huber

Entries for the 20th Annual West Fest Parade are still being actively sought for the Saturday, Sept. 17 event that will get underway at 1 p.m., with thousands of spectators expected to take in the event that has proven to be a huge highlight of the day.

To entice would-be parade participants, a cash grand prize of $1,000 is being offered this year by West Fest Committee officials, for the best entry playing off of this year's theme of "West Fest 20 - Celebrate." Cash prizes of $500 each will also be awarded in parade judging categories of Mayor's Choice and Community Pride, also based off the celebrating 20 years theme.

West Fargo resident and businessman Frank Lenzmeier will be leading the 1 p.m. parade 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 get underway 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 acknowledge with a special poster attached to their float and also receive special grandstand recognition.

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 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.

Additional information regarding the parade, as well as other West Fest activities will be forthcoming as details are firmed up in advance of the Sept. 17 observance.