Several new activities will highlight the 17th annual PerryFest on Saturday, Sept. 21 in Perry, including a variety performer featuring various juggling acts and unicycling, and also combining some of the tricks to become a unicycling juggler. The performer will also be featured in the PerryFest parade as a stilt walker. Festival-goers will be able to see this talented performer at 1:30 p.m. at the festival stage near the sledding hill at Perry City Hall.

   The activities area at the city hall festival grounds will feature a 25-foot rock climbing wall and bungee jumping. A ferris wheel, bounce house and game trailer will also be available for the younger group, as well as pony rides, petting zoo and everybody’s favorite, putt-putt golf.

   The Greater Perry Area Lions Club will also return with Project KidSight, providing free eye screening for kids from six months to five years of age.

   Also, this year’s PerryFest will include Dragon Fire, a medieval reenactment group dedicated to presenting the cultural and social lifestyle of the Renaissance era, and annual flea market will provide some unique and interesting finds for shoppers of all ages.

   Magnificent Merchant Morning will feature activities and/or free giveaways for those arriving early (about 10 a.m.) to watch the annual parade. Uptown merchants participating in this new feature include Darling’s Hardware, Total Resale, Amy’s Diner, Bentley Memorial Library, the Macqueen House, Joyful Soul, Lori Loves Pets, Swan Creek Candle, Brent’s Pizza and Mugg & Bopps, and all will have something for those who stop in to see them.

   “Dusty Bonz” and the “Knot System” will fill the uptown area with music from the reviewing stand prior to the noon-time parade.

   For more information, call Perry City Hall, (517) 625-6155, ext. 235, or log onto and follow the PerryFest links.

New Activities Highlight PerryFest was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Karen Elford