Popular Lions Perch Fest, parade gearing up in Marblehead

Jun 16, 2021 | Entertainment | 0 comments

The Marblehead Peninsula Lions Perch Festival is gearing up for its’ biggest summertime explosion of perch dinners, a parade, music and raffles and prizes on Saturday, Aug. 28. (Photo by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club President Tod Kelly announced the 30th annual Perch Festival is moving full-steam ahead this summer, a day-long event to be held rain or shine on Saturday, Aug. 28 at James Park, 306 James St., Marblehead.

“The parade, vendors, car show, raffles, 50/50 drawings and, of course, delicious perch dinners, are a go,” confirmed Kelly. The Perch Festival is the club’s main fundraiser, and volunteers are encouraged to join in on the annual extravaganza.

“All proceeds from the festival are given back to organizations and individuals in need who are right here in our community,” said Kelly.

Lions International is a service organization that has been in existence for over 100 years and is devoted to meeting the needs of the communities they serve.

“Our grand prize will be a drawing for $2,021, which has been provided by 20 generous peninsula businesses. In addition, Bassett’s Market will again provide a 90-second shopping spree. Last year’s shopping spree featured local resident Annie Olson, who grabbed nearly $500 in merchandise for her family!

The festival will kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade through Marblehead. Any group interested in participating in the parade should contact Jane Danchisen Pittman at 540-327-4502 or jpittman@su.edu. Entry is free. Music will be provided by Third Degree Band from noon to 5 p.m. Raffle tickets may be purchased from any club member. Vendor spaces are also available by contacting Marla Hirt at 419-341-0828 or mkhirt125@gmail.com.

For additional information on the festival, contact chairman John Englebeck at 419-635-6935.

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