A longtime Lane couple will be recognized for their dedication to their community by getting the best seat at Friday’s Lane Agricultural Fair parade.

The couple, Dennis “Joe” and Darlene Hay, are serving as this year’s parade grand marshals.

This year marks the 127th year for the fair, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Saturday.

Lane Fair Board member Tess Shoemaker said the Hays, both lifetime residents, were selected because they worked tirelessly in support of the annual event.

“They have always been the first ones there to always lend a hand, and Joe always puts in manual labor,” Shoemaker said. “Neither of them have ever had conditions when helping, and (no one has ever) had more compassion for the people in this town.”

Through the years, Joe was not only there to get the fairgrounds ready, but to clean up once the event ended, officials said. Darlene was also heavily involved in 4-H. Years earlier, she showed livestock on the same grounds, and that experience helped her prepare young 4-H’ers as they faced competition.

“They are always there for anyone and everyone,” officials said.

Friday’s parade begins at 7:30 p.m.

Other highlights of this year’s fair include live entertainment on all three nights of the event. Following the talent show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Teter’s Tunes will provide free music. On Friday, the Silver Wings Band will perform at 8 p.m., while Highway 75 will provide live entertainment for Saturday’s street dance at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s highlights include a three-man basketball tournament as well as a greased pig contest, both at 10 a.m., followed by a kids’ pedal tractor pull sponsored by the Lane Ruritans at 11 a.m. and a pony pull at Broken Arrow Farms, 628 Elm St. in Lane at noon. Family street games will take place from 1-5 p.m. followed by a barbecue dinner from 5-7 p.m. provided by the Pottawatomie Ruritans.

The following is a schedule of events for this year’s Lane Agricultural Fair:

Thursday, Aug. 1

3-7:30 p.m. — Entries for all exhibits, including open class and 4-H. All exhibits will be displayed in the Community Building.

4-7 p.m. — All stock entries

5 p.m. — Isa-Lane Quilt Show at the Lane United Methodist Church

6 p.m. — Talent show registration at the bandstand

7 p.m. — Talent show

8 p.m. — Teter’s Tunes

9 p.m. — Free Drawing

Friday, Aug. 2

7-10 a.m. — Breakfast provided by Central Heights dance/cheer teams (Free to 4-H exhibitors)

8 a.m. — Livestock judging begins

10 a.m. — Poultry judging

10 a.m. — Rabbit judging immediately following poultry

10 a.m. — Osa-Lane Quilt Show

6 p.m. — Floats sold by the Princeton Goal Busters 4-H Club in the Community Building.

6:30 p.m. — Parade line-up

7 p.m. — Parade judging

7:30 p.m. — Parade begins

8 p.m. — Central Heights cheerleaders and dance team will perform at the grandstand immediately following the parade.

8-11 p.m. — Silver Wings Band

10 p.m. — Free Drawing

Saturday, Aug. 3

7-10 a.m. — Breakfast provided by Central Heights dance/cheer teams (Free to 4-H exhibitors)

8 a.m. — Horse show entries

9 a.m. — Horse show at Broken Arrow Farm, 628 Elm St., Lane

10 a.m. — Osa-Lane Quilt Show

10 a.m. — Greased pig contest

10 a.m. — Three-man basketball tournament

11 a.m. — Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull

Noon — Cooks’ Choice pie-baking contest at blue tent. Entries will be taken from 11-11:30 a.m. Judging at noon.

Noon — Pony pull at Broken Arrow Farms

1 p.m. — Trunk and Quilt show at Lane United Methodist Church with featured quilter Lynn Wardeski

1-5 p.m. — Family street games

5-7 p.m. — Barbecue dinner

6:30 p.m. — Drawing for 50/50 cash and quilt

7 p.m. — Award presentation in fair barn

8-11 p.m. — Lane Fair Street Dance with Highway 75

10 p.m. — Free drawing

— For more information, check out the Lane Agricultural Fair’s Facebook page.