Perry Turns 150 Years Old

Perry Missouri National Defense DayThe historic town of Perry, Missouri, will celebrate its 150th year of its founding in 1866 with the Perry Area Sesquicentennial Celebration.  The celebration will be held August 4th – 7th 2016, sponsored by the Perry Community Betterment Organization (501c3). The organization is working with all Perry area businesses, churches, farmers, clubs, organizations and groups to help with this major community milestone.

Present and former citizens of the Perry area are working hard to showcase their town and its rich history. Many events are being planned to entertain all ages and interests. Some of the events will be a car show, food booths, live entertainment, grand parade, beer garden, antique show, pageants, kids play land, displays, contests and games. One of the highlights will be the famous 1898 Perry Carousel that will bring back many memories for the adults and a new adventure for the young.  The 1898 model carousel features 24 horses and four chariots.  On Saturday night one the biggest fireworks displays in northeast Missouri will take place.

Downtown Perry Mo circa 1940Perry is rich in history and can still be seen in the century old homes still standing in its limits.  The downtown area comprises of thirteen buildings over 100 years old, some dating back to 1888.  Over the years, Perry was a center of coal mining, a branch of the historic St Louis and Hannibal “Short Line” Railroad, large orchards of apples, poultry products and die casting.

With a population of 693, Perry has become widely known for its antique, craft and resale shops.  Perry is the southern gateway to the 18,600 acre Mark Twain Lake.  Many Perry businesses have adapted to the lake and now serve products for the boating, camping, hunting and the fishing industry.