Shoemakersville Children's Fair & Parade celebrates Perry

Item photo by Shea Singley
The much talked about May-Pole made a great group theme for the parade.
Item photo by Shea Singley The much talked about May-Pole made a great group theme for the parade.

Residents of all ages lined the sidewalks for the 62nd annual Shoemakersvile Children’s Fair and Parade on June 1.

The Hamburg High School Marching Band began the parade followed by Grand Marshall Elizabeth Shoemaker and Honorary Grand Marshall Shawn Gravish, Perry Elementary Principal. Participants took part in the ‘Celebration of our school through the years’ theme with Perry inspired displays and looks.

Among the memorable groups was the often mentioned May-Pole by Salem Church. The numerous fire trucks were also a highlight with the younger parade watchers.

Once the parade circled back to the beginning, with many people catching a second glimpse of the parade, everyone moved to the park to enjoy a wide variety of games, food, entertainment and Perry memorabilia on display.


“It’s a good turnout. It always is,” said Kristi Hartman, Shoemakersville Recreation board member. “It will be like for a few hours.”

Among the games was face painting, a petting zoo featuring exotic as well as familiar animals, a moonbounce, obstacle course, dunk tank and classic games such as ring toss and balloon pop. All of the activities were at children’s prices. Perry shirts and themed memorabilia were also available for purchase.

Shilpa Moser, Shoemakersville Recreation board member, took time to thank the volunteers for all of their hard work before presenting parade awards.

“It’s because of you that we’ve been able to continue this tradition for 62 years,” she said.

Elizabeth Shoemaker and Shawn Gravish were recognized and given plaques for being the Grand Marshall and Honorary Grand Marshall.

Winners for the parade were:

Best Group Theme (prize donated by Lions Club) was trailer with school desks.

Division 1: First place went to wagon as a bus and second place to green wagon.

Division 2: First place went to trailer with school desks and second place to walker.

Division 4: First place went to Salem Church May-Pole, second place to Leesport Scouts and third place to Perry PTO with dog pulling a wagon.

Division 5: First place went to antique car and second to Grube Farm.

The park was full of children running from game to game and enjoying the activities offered. As with tradition, the raffle included six children’s bikes. The entertainment was also provided by children as well as DJ Deny Messner.

All proceeds benefit Shoemakersville Playground and their eight week free park program for children from ages 8 to 16. The program runs from June 17 to August 9. Pre-registration for the program is Monday, June 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Shoemakersville Park.

About the Author

Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.