What a summer it has been. RAGBRAI has come and gone, and everyone had “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” including Mother Nature.
While the planned entertainment was washed out during RAGBRAI, our community did an awesome job hosting, housing, feeding, transporting, bathing and entertaining thousands of riders who made their long journey from Harlan to spend the night in our town. This endeavor was definitely a labor of love from the entire community. I am certain that every person within our community played a key role and was a vital part of the success of this event. For that we are extremely thankful and grateful to the hospitality our community displayed during the festivities. The entire community should be proud of the impression that each of you left with these visitors about our little Iowa town.
This was an opportunity to showcase Perry and all that it has to offer as both a destination to visit and a place to live. Our local government, city employees, businesses, school district, media, civic organizations and citizens all did an excellent job of highlighting the great and wonderful things that Perry has to offer.
August will be another time for our community to shine. The Fly Iowa Event will be held Aug. 23 and 24 at the Perry Municipal Airport. The theme will be “Planes – Trains – Automobiles.” This corresponds with our rich history of transportation and the unique role each of those had on our community. The festivities will begin on Friday evening in the downtown district with a car show and a train exhibit from 5 – 7 p.m. Visitors can then make their way down to the Pattee Park band shell and participate in the final Friday Fest of the summer. Jason Walsmith and the Lamplighters will take the stage at around 6:30 p.m. Friday Fest events are always a great family event and will be the perfect opportunity to say good-bye to the fabulous summer we have had in Perry.
On Saturday, the festivities will be held at the Perry Municipal Airport. Breakfast will be served from 7 – 10 a.m. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be exhibits, presentations and a wings program. Vendors and displays will begin at 10 a.m. The day will conclude with a free air show from 1 – 3 p.m. This is an event not to be missed.
Once August is over, things will continue to be flourishing at the Chamber of Commerce office. We are currently working on a Small Business Seminar to be held in the fall. Be on the lookout for more details as this becomes finalized.
Once again, this summer has been a truly wonderful time to showcase our town, and the community was an integral part of its success. Thank you.