Sesquicentennial Beard Contestants Start Beard Growing

Perry Brothers of the BrushThe Brothers of the Brush Beard competition is off to a great start with 15 participants.  Each contestant signed up on April 27th at Perry City Hall.  Competition has begun from now until the August 6th judging.  “We have several rookies and established beard and mustache competitors”, said Ron Leake, Perry Sesquicentennial chairman.  Each contestant received a commemorative Brothers of the Brush button for participating.  It’s not to late to sign-up for the established beard or mustache competition.  Competitors can sign-up for those categories even on the day of the contest.  Any future rookie competitors must start clean shaved and sign-up in person with Maxine Moore, beard contest chair.  For more information about the Perry Sesquicentennial visit or contact the beard contest chair at 573-565-8009.

Perry Seeking Contestants for Sesquicentennial Pageants

perry_sesquicentennial_scholarship_2The Perry Sesquicentennial is seeking contestants for the 2016 Missy Perry Sesquicentennial Scholarship Pageant.  The pageants will be held following opening ceremonies on Thursday, August 4th at 7:00 pm at Bill Trower Memorial Park.  In case of inclement weather the pageants will be held at Perry Christian Academy.  Categories include Miss Perry, Junior Miss, Young Miss and Little Mr. and Miss. Must be a Perry resident in order to be eligible, zip code 63462 or landline phone number 565.

Miss Perry will receive a $250 scholarship, Junior Miss $100 and Young Miss $75.

Official Entry Form  GRADE 9-12    Winner will receive $250
Contact: Linda Hodges, 573-473-6135 or

Ages 4-Kindergarten
Official Entry Form
Contact Karen Myers         573-822-6543

YOUNG MISS              GRADE 1-4      Winner – $75
Official Entry Form
Contact Kathy Ragland           573-231-2624

JUNIOR MISS              GRADE 5-8      Winner $100
Official Entry Form
Contact Jill (Willingham) Palmer         573-822-1144



Sesquicentennial Kickoff Dinner Set for Feb. 24th

Sesquicentennial_Kick_Off_DinnerThe Perry Area Sesquicentennial will host a kickoff dinner, Wednesday February 24th at the Perry VFW Hall.  The menu will include lasagna, breadsticks, salad, dessert and drinks for $10.00 per person.  Kids ages five and under are $5.00.  Dinner will be served from 5 pm to 7 pm.  At 7 pm the Sesquicentennial committee will announce the schedule of events for the August 4th – 7th celebration along with a picture slideshow showing 150 years of Perry history.  The public is invited to attend.

Sesquicentennial Throwback Thursday – Week 2


Perry Enterprise
March 3, 1932

One of the old landmarks, the McClintic Livery barn, was torn down Monday to make was for a new modern filling station which J. A. McClintic and son, Thomas, will erect on this site. 1924 Mr. McClintic sold the corner lot on which was part of the barn, to the Standard people who built an attractive station on the site. The building by the side of the barn, which for years was used by Dr. W. F. Martin for his office, will be also be torn down.

There is quite a bit of history back to the old livery barn. It was built about 55 years ago by Thomas F. Gill, father of Judge M. T. Gill and S. C. Gill and in its day has housed many head of fine driving and saddle horses. For a number of years it was operated by Judge M. T. Gill, who sold it to J. A. McClintic about 1897. Since that time Mr. McClintic has been engaged in the livery and trucking business, using the barn for his teams and later for his trucks. Years ago the Gill home stood on the lot where the post office building now stands.
The contact for the contract for the work was let to Perry and Charles Tredway. The old metal roof, which was put on by Martin Stehle, father of William N. Stehle, was still in good condition.
Mr. McClintic has not decided yet what product he will handle.

perry-1Note; The livery on the right in the older photo is now the site of J & L Collison & Glass at 200 East Main. The doctor’s office on the left is now the “The Old Service Station Antiques” The other photo shows the one room service station that replaced the livery and still in use by J & L as an office. The building used by the antique shop was built a few years later.

Sesquicentennial Advertising Deadline Approaching

Advertise_BookletThis year, the Perry Area will celebrate 150 years during the August 4-7th Sesquicentennial Celebration.  This once in a lifetime event will feature a grand parade, live entertainment, food booths, craft and antique vendors, antique carousel ride and much more.  We are needing support from businesses, individuals and friends of Perry.  We have extended our advertising booklet deadline to April 1st, 2016.  Please click here to learn more information or to download the donation packet.  We appreciate your support.  We are also looking for volunteers to help with the event, please click here to fill out the form.

Sesquicentennial Meeting Set for Thursday, Jan. 21st.

There will a 2016 Perry MO Sesquicentennial public meeting 6:30 Thursday January 21 at the Perry City Hall. The Public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. For more information on how you can support and contribute see or like our Facebook site.  For more information call Ron Leake 573-248-6147 or Email Sweat shirts, hooded sweat shirts and t shirts are available too.