Iowa Public Television will provide LIVE coverage of the 2017 Iowa State Fair Parade. The parade begins Wednesday, August 9 at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Des Moines with IPTV’s coverage from 7:30-9 p.m.

The 2017 Iowa State Fair parade will also be live streamed on and Facebook. Join the conversation on social media using #IPTVFair2017.

The parade for the 2017 Iowa State Fair will feature more than 140 different floats, animals, vehicles and performing units. Leroy and Pat Perkins of Wayne County will serve as this year’s parade marshals. The Iowa State Fair Parade is the state’s largest parade and sets the stage for the Iowa State Fair, open this year from August 10-20. IPTV’s live coverage marks first time the Iowa State Fair Parade will be broadcast statewide in 15 years.

The LIVE coverage of the parade kicks off IPTV’s Fair 2017 coverage. Extensive coverage of the Iowa State Fair will air nightly August 14-19 at 9 and 10:30 p.m. Bill Riley will return as host of this year’s coverage, which is full of feature contest results, unique stories, food, animals, music and more. IPTV will also broadcast coverage of the finals of the State Fair Talent Championship on Sunday, August 20, at 8 p.m.

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Support for Fair 2017 is provided by MidAmerican Energy, EMC Insurance Companies, the Iowa Lottery and the Friends of Iowa Public Television Foundation.