The Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club held their 22nd annual Perch Festival on Saturday, August 23, at James Park. The Perch Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club. All of the money raised at the event goes back into the Marblehead community and to improving sight and preventing blindness.
The grand marshals of the parade were the Danbury Laker Athletic Booster Association. The athletic boosters organize grade seven through grade twelve athletics and also give scholarships to students. Bill Chapman, president of the boosters, gave a short speech thanking the community and the Lions Club at the event.
The festival had a magician, vendors, children’s games ran by the Boy Scouts, a car show, live entertainment, quarry tours, a visit from Life Flight and, of course, the ever popular perch sandwich. Tom Henderson of the Lions Club said that at a typical Perch Festival they go through 300 pounds of perch.
There was a special performance from the Stonecrusher cheerleaders before the announcement of the festival’s Sight Princess. Second runner up for Sight Princess was Claudia Gillum and first runner up was Ryleigh Lerch. The 2014 Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club Sight Princess is Madyson Ritz.
For more information on the Lions Club visit lionsclub.org.