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Tawases to get tropical treatment for 62nd Perchville

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Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 12:00 am

TAWAS CITY - Thursday will mark the start of the 62nd Perchville, U.S.A. festival, with a kickoff dinner in East Tawas. The annual event features many activities for families and plays out at the East Tawas City Park throughout the weekend.

The festival was created in 1949 as a way to draw tourism to Tawas Bay for ice fishing. Modeled after an idea by pharmacist Harold Gould, area businesses would create ice fishing shanties for placement on the lake. Visitors could rent the shanties, which were laid out like the town.

Perchville was originally part of the larger Silver Valley Winter Sports festival. When that festival died, Perchville kept going and is currently organized by the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s theme is “Luau on the Lake,” according to program director Laura Loeffler.

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