Dear Friends,

The Henry County Tomato Festival Committee would like to extend an invitation to you, your organization, or group to appear in our 59th annual Tomato Festival Parade in Napoleon, Ohio.

This year the parade will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2018 starting at 6:00 p.m.

The theme is: “Bringing Families & Friends Together At The Henry County Fair”. 

Please return the entry form as soon as possible, but no later than JULY 31 to be included. Upon receipt of all of the entry forms, you will be sent more detailed information concerning your line-up number, and the route to take to your staging area.

We sincerely hope you will participate in this year’s parade. All participants are invited to stay and enjoy the 165th annual “Henry County Fair”.  Fair runs Thursday, Aug. 9 – Thursday, Aug. 16.

Our FLOAT JUDGING CONTEST is open to all youth groups, organizations, clubs, schools, businesses, and churches etc. Now is the time to start planning to WIN our $200 top prize!!!

  1. Pick appropriate category: (YOUTH) (ORGANIZATIONAL) (COMMERCIAL) (RELIGIOUS)
  2. Must design/decorate entry around current “Theme”
  3. Enter to be “JUDGED”
  4. Be one of the top 3 “Ribbon Winners” in each category above are judged based on these 4 aspects:
    -Use of Theme
    -Difficulty of Work
    -Overall Appearance

First Prize ……….. $150.00
Second Prize …….. 100.00
Third Prize ……….   75.00
Grand Prize (1) BEST OVERALL FLOAT …..$50.00 (Extra)
Not in top three……   25.00


*Any vehicle in any entry category displaying a “commercial” or “political” sign or logo will be subject to the $35 commercial or political unit entry fee.
*If you keep the commercial or political name covered it will not be subject to the entry fee and a “thank-you“ to the vehicle provider can be included in the entry announcement.
*Float entries that do not decorate the entry in keeping with the current parade “theme” will be eliminated from the float judging contest and will not be awarded any prize monies or ribbons.
*All entries that do not have the applicable entry fees paid by the parade start time will be excluded from the parade and float entries will forfeit all prize monies and ribbons.
*Mail or drop off your check, money order, or cash entry payment to:

Henry County Fair – Parade Director
1410 Woodlawn Ave
Napoleon, Ohio 43545

*Parade unit line-up can start at 1pm – Staging instructions to be sent out the weekend before.
*Floats must be ready for judging by 4:30pm – Staging instructions to be sent out the weekend before.
*”Commercial/businesses” are limited to 1 full size company vehicle with or without a trailer and 1 miniature/novelty vehicle.
*”Emergency services” entries are limited to 1 full size modern unit, 1 vintage unit and 1 miniature/novelty unit.
*”Sports/Athletic groups” are required to walk the 1 mile parade route.
*NO SEMI’S or TRACTOR TRAILER rigs will be permitted.

The Tomato Festival Committee reserves the right to refuse or to reject any entry for any reason.

All entries are subject to all parade rules currently posted and as adopted by the Parade Committee.

Neil Giffey, Parade Director
Mail : 1410 Woodlawn Av, Napoleon, OH 43545
Phone: 419-599-3993
Fax: 866-395-2347


Entry Form For Email Entry Here
2018 Parade Entry Form
– Printable
2018 Parade Rules – Printable
Online Entry Here
Parade Route Map
Staging Area