Perchville USA – on Tawas Bay
Join us at the 67th annual Perchville USA for plenty of activities and fun for everyone. Whether you initiate yourself into the polar bear club by jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Huron through a hole in the ice or go the hot and spicy route by sampling the delicious chili at the Perchville Chilly Cook-Off, this winter festival is a guaranteed cure for your cabin fever. Interested in becoming a Perchville sponsor? Click here for more information.
The Amazing Perchville Race: The Race is back for its second year! Don’t miss your chance to compete for cash prizes in a race that pits twenty 2-person teams against each other to complete various challenges throughout the day. The first team to correctly complete each challenge as they advance through all ten legs of the race and be the first to arrive at the Finale Party will win the grand prize. The challenges include a variety of outdoor, physical challenges interspersed with indoor tasks in area businesses to keep things entertaining. The winning team will be named the 2016 Amazing Perchville Race Champions and receive a cash prize of $650. The second place team wins $250 and the third place team wins $100. The Chamber is now accepting applications for the Amazing Perchville Race. Teams must each include two racers; both racers need to be 18 years of age or older. A valid driver’s license and transportation is required. Remember – there’s only room for 20 teams, so get your application in today (race fee is $30 per team). Thank you to race sponsor Neiman’s Family Market!
Polar Bear Swim: Take the plunge! For those with enough ice in their veins to face down old man winter, the Polar Bear Swim allows participants to jump through a hole in Tawas Bay into the icy water of Lake Huron. Brave the ice and freezing cold water for bragging rights and a T-shirt you can’t get anywhere else. $20 fee; entrants under 18 must have a parent’s signed permission; no one under 16 is allowed. LOCATION: Register at the trailer at the DNR boat launch (right next to the State Police post on US-23 in East Tawas), or you can register early. Thank you to swim sponsor Chemical Bank!
Perchville King and Queen: Crowning our royalty is a long tradition of honoring individuals who have given selflessly back to our community. If you have a great idea about who should be this year’s King and Queen, please submit your nomination to the Chamber for review. The King and Queen will be crowned at the Perchville Breakfast on Saturday.
Snow Sculptures: Don’t miss the professional and amateur snow sculptures. Watch the progress of these skilled artists throughout the week – starting on Wednesday with an 8′ square block of snow, their hard work and vision will slowly transform into a beautiful work of art by Saturday at noon. Thank you to our snow sculpting sponsor, The Tawas Area Tourist and Convention Bureau!
Hospitality Tent: Come out and celebrate Perchville-style! Enjoy all the entertainment and adult beverages in the heated big top tent down on the beach. Beverage tickets are $3 each and available inside the tent. Perchville button ($5) and photo I.D. required for entry, must be 21. Entertainment all weekend and a Pong Tournament on Friday night hosted by LIVE Iosco. Registration begins at 6:00 pm on Friday and the single-elimination tournament starts at 7:00 pm. Make it easy on yourself and register early.
Chilly Cook-Off: Sample delicious batches of chili from businesses on and along Newman Street. Eat as much as you can and vote on the best! Coozies are available for $6 at Brew Krew and Tawas Bay Insurance Agency. Hosted by the East Tawas Business Association.
Family Tent: Bring children of all ages into the family tent for fun and festive activities, games, and performances all day Saturday. So many prizes! Admission is only $2 per child, accompanying adults are free.
Stag & Doe Night: Join the Perchville King and Queen and all your friends to celebrate the start of Perchville on Thursday night, February 4. The Stag night party for men will be at Mr. Jack’ss.