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Clowns, Politicians Parade in Iowa

DES MOINES, IOWA -- Today marks the beginning of the Iowa State Fair, arguably the best event in the Hawkeye State each year, attracting droves of politicians and regular citizens. The fair festivities were kicked off the Wednesday night in downtown Des Moines with the Iowa State Fair Parade. It's the biggest in the state, and last night's thunderstorms did little to keep folks away.

Dozens of marching bands, church groups, civic organizations, and antique car clubs march through the heart of Iowa's capital city, with the parade often lasting more than two hours.

We got some thoughts on the parade from Miss Iowa Pre-Teen Sarah Thornton, and 7-year-old Tyrell, who enjoyed the festivities from the corner of 10th and Grand Streets.

-- Ed O'Keefe

VIDEO | Iowa State Fair Parade

By Ed O'Keefe  |  August 9, 2007; 4:53 PM ET
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