• Parade Staging Map
    Parade Staging Map


The Warren County Prime Beef Festival will again feature an opening parade down Broadway on the 1st Wednesday following Labor Day in Monmouth Illinois.  This annual event features well over an hour of free entertainment provided by a variety of floats, bands, clowns, dancers, automobiles and horses of all sorts.

To participate in our parade, please use the enrollment form below. Fill it out, print and then mail or fax it to the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.


Please note there is a small token entry fee this year (school band entries remain free). The $10 fee increases to $15 for last minute entries after the list goes into final print. It is our hope it will aid in aleviating the not insurmountable cost involved, is in line with other area parade policies and avoid as well unexpected added cost organizing late entries as volunteers are working hard at the events already underway. See the entry form for more details.

Parade Entry Form (Adobe PDF)


All entries in the parade are asked to place their assigned Parade Entry Number on the right side of their entry. This is for the benefit of the judges. If you don't see your entry listed please call the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce at (309) 734-3181 for instructions


Awards will be presented at the Prime Beef Festival Stage at Monmouth Park (located just off Route 34 and North 11th Street) across the street from the Monmouth Airport. Presentations will be held on the Festival Stage around 6:30 or 7:00 PM.


1st Place: $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50
Best of Commercial, Civic, Schools & Religious: each $50
Best of Show: $25

Come early and make a day of it by shopping the downtown "Maple City" merchants around the Monmouth Square, then tour some of our historical attractions wait for the Parade to begin.  After the parade come out to our Festival grounds to enjoy our four days of fun.  Contact the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, (309) 734-3181, for the full list of "other" things to do while you are here.


The parade will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.  The lineup for the parade will be at the West Park located on West Broadway. We ask that all bands please unload on West Broadway in front of West Park. We also ask you to be there no later than 4:00 p.m so not to interfere with the starting of the Prime Beef Run event at that time.



  • Theme

    The 2018 Warren County Prime Beef Festival theme is:


    Celebrate Change

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