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Letter to the Editor


PerryFest Committee

12:35 pm

Independent Editor,

What do you get when you have the best car show, motorcycle show, entertainment, attendance and weather – all combined together in one day? The answer is – the 2018 PerryFest, held Saturday, Sept. 15.

A couple of very special people need to be thanked for an outstanding job in coordinating two individual events, including: Classic Car Show by Classic Auto Sales (Mark Brewster and Crew), and the Bike (Cycle) Show by Cindy Alexander and Guilty Girlz RC of Michigan.

Thanks also to Shane Parmalee for opening Funxtional Fitness in uptown Perry for a “Just for Fun 5K.”

Other event organizers who brought success to this year’s festival include Hungry Howie’s Pizza and Brad Follman (PerryFest parade); Judie Hempstead, Lisa Krell, Sallie Ackley, Judy Kincaid and Paul Gross (silent auction).

A very special thank you goes to everyone who donated items to be sold during the silent auction, which is one of only a few activities that generate funds for PerryFest. Thanks to all of you!

Cash contributions are very important to meet the costs of the festival (and we appreciate every cent). This year’s cash donations were generously donated by: the city of Perry, Perry Township, I.B.E.W. (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 665, Owosso Eagles Aerie #851, Shiawassee County Commissioner Mark Coscarelli and all the generous people who donated through the collection canisters.

This year, stage coordinators and managers Dennis Malloy and Alex Malloy kept the reviewing stand at the parade, as well as the stage, running smoothly, and it was full of great entertainment all day long.

Many, many thanks to Mark Rosenthal of “Animal Magic” and all of his fantastic animals, who kept the audience enthralled with amazement. Thanks is also extended to “Red Bird,” “Knot System,” and others for their musical entertainment; and RC Fleet (for the stage).

Saturday evening’s fireworks display was a rousing success and attracted many families back to the festival grounds to watch the brilliant lights that brightened the nighttime skies.

Another awesome parade marched the Main Street route, with participants introduced at the reviewing stand by returning emcee Nicholas Stone, who kept the crowd informed of who was the next in line. Thanks Nick!

The Calkins-Macqueen House Museum contributed to the success again this year with the All-Media Art Show, featuring the Shiawassee Artists’ Guild; Sue Hammond on the piano and face painting; and the Bentley Memorial Library, which attracted a large crowd to its facility with a used book sale.

Words just aren’t enough for the wonderful volunteers who help with set-up and manning the information booth. This year’s group was right on their toes every step of the way and included: Judie Hempstead, Art Ackley, Leland Scott, Rick Perrin, Emily Thomas, Tom and Debbie Chaput, Judy Guenther, Mayor James Huguelet, Joann Velting, Matthew Velting, Shirley Smith and Christopher Powell.

Without these volunteers and their contribution of time, effort and thoughtfulness, PerryFest would not exist. You’re all awesome and I’m very proud to be part of your 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 and social media accounts for photos of this year’s events.

Thanks Again to Everyone, for Everything!

PerryFest Committee

PerryFest Committee was last modified: September 24th, 2018 by Karen Elford