The 17th annual PerryFest, held Saturday, Sept. 21, was an extreme success, despite the massive downpour provided late in the day by Mother Nature. A ton of gratitude is extended to a couple of very special people/organizations that helped assure that success, including Classic Auto Sales (Mark Brewster and Crew) with the Classic Car Show and Cindy Alexander and Guilty Girlz RC of Michigan with the Bike (Cycle) Show.
Other event organizers who brought success to this year’s festival include Brad and Michele Follman (PerryFest parade); Judie Hempstead, Lisa Krell, Sallie Ackley, along with Tom and Debbie Chaput and Mayor James Huguelet and wife, Karen (silent auction).
A very special thank you to everyone who donated items sold during the silent auction, which is one of only a few activities that generate funds for PerryFest. Thanks to all of you and everyone that purchased the items.
Cash contributions are very important to meet the costs of the festival. This year’s donations were generously given by the city of Perry; Perry Township; I.B.E.W. (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 665; the Louie Eyde family; Owosso Eagles Aerie 851; Meal and More, Inc., of Morrice; King Kone; and Heb’s Inn.
Thanks to all of the uptown merchants and the Calkins-Macqueen House Museum, who participated in the first annual Magnificent Merchant Morning. It was wonderful to join together to promote the merchants and expand the festival while providing more activities for our residents and guests.
This year, stage coordinator and manager Dennis Malloy kept the reviewing stand at the parade, as well as the entertainment stage running smoothly and full of great entertainment all day long.
Many, many thanks to the “Knot System,” “Dusty Bonez,” “Alex Malloy” and all the other entertainers who filled the air with music in uptown Perry during Magnificent Merchant Morning, prior to and during the parade. And, thanks to Joe’s Body Shop for use of the flatbed truck to use as a reviewing stand.
The parade was amazing this year with participants introduced at the reviewing stand by returning emcee Nicholas Stone, who kept the audience’s attention by announcing each of the parade participants, as well as introduction of this year’s PerryFest Royalty including Grand Marshal Jim Diebler, Senior Citizen King Jim Shaw and Senior Citizen Queen Carol Nama. A big thank you to Nick and all of the distinguished VIPs whom reigned over this year’s festivities.
The stilt walker who danced his way in the parade and performed a unicycling/juggling act at the Entertainment Stage at City Hall was phenomenal. Thank you to Bacchanal Promotions and this talented performer.
A big hug and thank you goes out to local vocalists Lainey Morris and Joe Welch. We are so sorry the weather turned on us, but we did have a couple of wonderful songs from these two and hope to have much more in the future. And thank you to Lizzy Hall who made a decision to end the evening with a performance despite the weather. Her musical talent is also much appreciated.
Once again we extend our gratitude to RC Fleet of Morrice for providing the flatbed trailer to use as the Entertainment Stage. It is always a wonderful aspect of the festival.
This year’s festival successfully ended with a grand fireworks display, which attracted many families back to the festival grounds to watch the brilliant lights that brightened the night time skies.
I can never say enough about the few volunteers we know we can count on every year. They are always there to do whatever needs to be done to provide an awesome community event for everyone to enjoy, including: Judie Hempstead, Art Ackley, Leland Scott and Rick Perrin, as well as Devin, Mandy and Deenie Miller and Greg Wekwert. Without these volunteers and their contribution of time, effort and thoughtfulness, PerryFest would not exist. You’re all awesome and I’m very proud of what we accomplish as a team.
Also, special thanks to the Perry City Council for allowing the festival to be held in the city, the Perry DPW staff for all its assistance, the Perry Police Dept. and its reserve officers, Perry Area Fire Rescue and City Hall staff. Watch the city website for photos of all of this year’s events.