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Parade grand marshal named for Du Quoin State Fair

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DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) -

The grand marshal of the Du Quoin State Fair Twilight Parade has been named.

David Luechtefeld has served as an educator, coach, mentor and state lawmaker. Now he will add grand marshal to the list.

He announced in 2015 he would retire from the Illinois Senate at the end of his term. He served since 1995 representing the southern Illinois counties of St. Clair, Monroe, Washington, Randolph, Union and Jackson Counties.

Luechtefeld is a member of the Senate education and Senate agriculture committee and served as assistant minority leader of the Senate, a role he has held since 2003.

Prior to serving in the state legislature, Luechtefeld taught social studies and coached basketball at Okawville High School.

He is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, Illinois Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Illinois Basketball Players Hall of Fame.

The Du Quoin State Fair runs from August 26 through September 5.

The Twilight Parade will take place on Friday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.

Du Quoin State Fair theme days include:

  • Friday, Aug. 26 - College Night. (College students who show a valid student ID will receive free admission to the fair)
  • Saturday, Aug. 27 - Governor's Day
  • Sunday, Aug. 28 - Veterans Day (With proof of proper identification, veterans and their immediate family members get free admission)
  • Monday, Aug. 29 - Youth in Agriculture Day
  • Tuesday, Aug. 30 - Democrat Day
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31 - Senior Day (Adults age 60 and older will receive free admission to the fair)
  • Thursday, Sept. 1 - Illinois Tourism Day
  • Friday, Sept. 2 - Sponsor Appreciation Day
  • Saturday, Sept. 3 - Coal Heritage Day
  • Sunday, Sept. 4 - First Responder Day (Firefighters, police officers, EMTs who show their badge will get free admission)
  • Monday, Sept. 5 - Family Day

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