The 2014 Missouri Day Festival Parade in Trenton is expected to have a large turn out this year. Click here to listen to KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Steve Maxey, Publicity Chairman.

Steve Maxey

The parade is looking to take a fun twist that is sure to bring participants and onlookers from all over.  “This year, because it is the 30th anniversary of the festival, we’ve chosen to commemorate that observance.” Said Maxey, “Our theme is actually celebrating 30 years, remembering the 80’s and we’re hoping that with this type of theme, people will get excited. Not only do we want people to pause to celebrate the longevity of the festival, but also to recall the fabulous 80’s and the fun times that they brought with music, clothing designs, and music. We’re looking for a lot of new exciting entries with a new flare like we’ve never seen before.”

This festival is sure to be exciting whether your watching or in the parade, but participants have a chance to win some great prizes as well as having a blast. “Several sponsors will be awarding cash prizes.” Maxey said, “We’ve done this for a few years, and found that it is much more enticement for participation. This year we will be awarding over $1,000 in cash prizes. The $200 grand prize will be awarded to the best overall entry, and we call that prize The Spirit of Missouri Day. Second place is a $100 cash prize for the second best overall entry. There will also be $100 cash prizes for the winners of the best business, organizational, youth, and religious floats. Adding to the prize money, there will be awards of $50 each to the best vehicle from the 80’s, the best car or truck pre-1960, the best car or truck post-1960, the best overall equestrian entry, and finally the best overall tractor entry.”


Press Release:


August 28, 2014


Entries for the 2014 Missouri Day Festival parade are now being accepted and the Trenton Rotary Club anticipates the usual outstanding variety of entries for the annual fall celebration.  “Celebrating 30 years – remembering the 80’s” is the theme as the parade commemorates the 30th anniversary of the festival.

Over $1,000 will again be awarded in parade judging with special prizes presented to the “Spirit of Missouri Day” earning the $200 grand prize.  A second prize will also be awarded this year in the amount of $100 and both will be judged as the top overall entries promoting the parade theme.   Additional prizes include $100 each to the best business float, the best organizational float, the best youth entry and the best religious entry.   Cash prizes of $50 each will be presented to the best vehicle from the  80’s, the best car or truck pre 1960 and the best car or truck post 1960, the best equestrian entry and the best overall tractor entry.  Additional prizes will be announced later for the tractor show as a part of the parade.

The parade will roll at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 18th with all judging conducted prior to the start of the parade throughout Trenton.

Entries this year will be accepted on-line at a new webpage designed by Luke Griffin for the local Rotary Club.  This effort will aid in collecting necessary information and allow for electronic follow-up in indicating the placement of the respective entries.  The address for entering the parade is   There is no charge for entering the parade with the exception of political entries that are asked to pay a $25 fee prior to the parade and those dollars will assist in offsetting parade costs.

As done last year, candy will not be allowed to be thrown from moving parade entries but walkers may distribute such during the parade.


Steve Maxey, Publicity Chair