BY PHIL WHEELER
Large crowds braved hot, humid weather to visit the Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club’s 29th annual Perch Festival on Saturday, Aug. 28. People started lining up early, waiting for the parade to pass by. Candy was thrown to the waiting children, as floats, old cars, an old firetruck, and the Danbury High School band all passed in review.
Afterwards, everyone headed over to James Park, where booths featured a large variety of vendors. People strolled among the many tents, enjoyed a perch sandwich or meal, and had a great time.
“We have 500 pounds of yellow perch ready to go,” said Tod Kelly, president of the Marblehead Lions Club.
An expected 2,000 visitors enjoyed the perch, vendor booths, sausage sandwiches and french fries. In addition, there was a magician for the kids, live music, old cars on display, and a raffle.
This is the main fund raiser for the Lions, whose motto is ‘We serve.’ In the past, they have supplied playground equipment and benches for parks in the township.
“The money will go towards the Vision Assistance Program for Danbury school,” said Kelly. “It will pay for reading glasses and eyeglasses for people with vision impairments.”
All proceeds from the popular festival go toward benefiting individuals and organizations in need on the peninsula.
Tom Biro, great grandson of Biro Manufacturing founder Carl Biro Sr., was the Parade Grand Master. Many of the locals — or their relatives — have worked at at the manufacturing plant in the past 100 year history of Biro Manufacturing, and they were invited to walk alongside the Grand Marshal’s car.