Olympic Gold Medal winner and East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Du Quoin State Fair Twilight Parade.
The retired American track and field athlete won three gold medals and is ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon as well as long jump.
On top of her athletic accomplishments, Joyner-Kersee is an active philanthropist giving back to her hometown though her work supporting children's education, racial equality and women's rights.
Admission and parking on the fairgrounds are free on parade night. The parade will step off at 6 p.m. Friday from the Grandstand. The 2019 Du Quoin State Fair will take place August 23 - September 2.