Even though our last Friday Fest of the season was rained out, we still had a great summer. The collaborative Friday Fest with Hispanics United for Perry was a huge success. The attendance was great, and the variety of vendors and entertainment ensured everyone had a great time.
This Fourth of July was one of the best weather-wise we have had in my memory. The parade was great, and the activities in the park were fun. I personally thought the fireworks were a little short, at just under 18 minutes this year. If you felt the same way, then let’s step up next year and make them better. Those fireworks are brought to you by the generosity of our fellow residents and businesses. Next year during the Fireworks Drive in April let’s actually reach our goal of $10,000 and see how much bang we can get for our buck.
July Friday Fest had one of the most entertaining bands we have had so far. It was a bummer that we had to cancel the August event, but there’s not much we can do about the weather.
Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who made all of our events this summer the huge success that they were. Without your generous support, these programs would not be possible. In turn, please support our local businesses so they can keep our events going strong.
With the close of summer comes the start of school. Make sure to slow down and look for kids on bicycles, skateboards and walking. The Chamber would like to welcome the new teachers on board this year. Welcome to Perry! Make yourself at home. We look forward to another exciting school year and will be supporting as many events as possible. A successful school system makes for a successful business community. Come out and show our students we are proud of all their hard work and that we are here for them. Go Bluejays!
Rock Hunger in Dallas County
A new event that will be sure to become a tradition is a perfect example of how businesses, civic organizations and the school can work together. Rock Hunger in Dallas County is a challenge started between the Lions Clubs of Perry and Adel to raise food for the local food pantry while supporting the football teams of both high schools. The winner of the football game on Aug. 29 between Adel and Perry was presented a “rock” indicating that communities and organizations can come together to “rock” hunger in a fun and exciting way that promotes businesses and schools. If you would like to contribute a food donation, please drop it off at Medicap Pharmacy located at 601 First St.