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Entry deadline extended for Freedom Fest Parade

Young residents enjoy the O’Fallon Freedom Fest Parade.

O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest has extended the application deadline for the 2018 parade until Wednesday, May 30, unless space fills beforehand.

The parade will start off at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, in downtown O’Fallon. Its theme is “America through the Ages.”All entries are required to be decorated and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Cash awards of $200 for first place and $100 for second place will be given for the “Best Musical Float” and the “Most Patriotic Float.” In the “Best Overall” category, first-, second- and third-place winners will receive prizes of $500, $400 and $300, respectively. Mayor Bill Hennessy will present the “Mayor’s Choice Award,” a plaque and a magnetic placard to display throughout the parade. First- and second-place plaques will be presented for the “Best Color Guard.”

Parade applications, FAQs, requirements, resources and tips for designing an entry are posted on O’Fallon’s festival website at Applications also can be picked up at City Hall [100 North Main Street], the Renaud Spirit Center [2650 Tri Sports Circle], and the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office [400 Civic Park Drive].

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