Each year, the Ravalli County Fair Parade is the official opening event for the Ravalli County Fair. This year, the parade will be August 31, starting at 10 a.m.

The parade Wednesday morning will start on 8th Street and head east on Hamilton's Main Street to 2nd Street.

Participants in each category will be judged by the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class and the winners will be announced as they pass by the announcer's stand in front of Bitterroot Drug.

There's still time to enter the parade. There is no entry fee. Just stop by the Chamber of Commerce office next to the Safeway parking lot on east Main and get an official number.

Of course, you can be part of the parade by just showing up to watch. It's small town America at its best!