New Perry Event Highlights 2018 Events Calendar

The 2018 Perry area events calendar is packed with familiar and new events for the young and old. Many clubs and organizations put on these events to make Perry a great place to visit during the year. New to the schedule this year is a Fall Festival and Street Dance sponsored by the Perry Chamber of Commerce.

March 31 – Easter Egg Hunt – Sponsored by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce

April 21 – Crawfish Boil – 4 pm to 6 pm – Sponsored by the Perry Lions Club

April 28 – Ralls County Relay for Life – Mark Twain High School

May 25 & 26 – Spring All-Town Yard Sales – Sponsored by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce

June 10 – Church Day – Sponsored by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce

June 30 – Fireworks at Clarence Cannon Dam – Sponsored by the Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce

July 4 – Perry Fourth of July Celebration – Sponsored by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce

August 11 – Perry Cruise Night

August 31 & September 1 – Fall Yard Sales – Sponsored by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce

September 8 – Amanda Jaspering Memorial Garden Tractor Pull

October 6 – Fall Festival & Street Dance – Sponsored by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce **NEW EVENT**

October 27 – Trunk or Treat

November 17 – Home for the Holidays – Sponsored by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce

December 1 – Old Fashioned Christmas in Perry – Sponsored by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce

Perry Cruise Night Returns Saturday, August 15th

The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce will host their 9th Annual Perry Cruise Night on Saturday night, August 15th.  The annual event will be h2015_Cruise_nighteld at the Bill Trower Memorial Park on Main Street.  Those showing cars, trucks and motorcycles are encouraged to have their vehicles in place at the park between 3:45 pm and 4:45 pm.  Parking will be available on grass.  Vehicles will be on display from 5 pm till 7 pm.  There are no entry fees, classes or awards.  Food and drinks will be available on grounds.  There will also be a 50/50 raffle, drawings and music.  Over 130 vehicles displayed the last two years.  A cruise will take place at 7 pm to Ray Behren’s Campground at Mark Twain Lake.  In case of inclement weather or for more information, visit or call Thomas Ragland at 573-231-2634

Great Fishing, Antiquing and Relaxation Await in Perry!

Perry is a small, rural community in Northeast Missouri reflective of all the charm and friendliness associated with the rural Midwest. Although it has a population of less than 700, Perry provides services equal to those found in much larger towns, with a healthy mix of retail, commercial, and industrial businesses. Only minutes away from Mark Twain Lake in Northeast Missouri, Perry is regarded as the Southern Gateway to the lake. Each year, nearly 2 million people visit the lake recreation areas to camp, boat, fish, and enjoy a nearly endless variety of outdoor activities. In recent years, Perry has adapted to take advantage of opportunities created by the nearby 18,600-acre recreational lake. The downtown area has been restored to its former glory, with many of the buildings now housing antique, specialty and re-sale shops.  Several downtown buildings are over 100 years old with the oldest built in 1892. Most downtown shops are open Tuesday-Sunday.  Hours vary by store owner and some shops are open by chance or appointment.  We also suggest contacting the shops directly to find out store hours.  A chamber business listing is available here.

Perry also serves those who are enjoying a nearby campground and Mark Twain Lake.  Perry offers a full-line grocery store, the lake’s largest sporting goods store, a bank and ATM, bait and tackle, restaurants and convenience stores.

In 2016, Perry will celebrate it’s 150th birthday with a grand celebration August 4th – 7th, 2016.  For more information about the sesquicentennial, please visit the official website at

The area is rich in history. Less than 15 minutes away in tiny Florida, the Mark Twain Birthplace Museum and Historic Site honors the region’s most famous citizen, Samuel Clemens, who used many of his childhood friends as the basis for characters in his books. Historic Hannibal, where Clemens lived as a boy, is only 30 minutes from Perry.