There is an old saying that reminds us that 'it takes a village to raise a child.' That same philosophy can be applied to the organizing of an arts festival during Turtle Fest.

Some years ago when it became clear that the former St. Stanislaus Catholic church would close its doors, the parishioners voted to donate the building to the newly formed Perham Center for the Arts so that all would continue to enjoy the beauty of the building and grounds as it hosted artistic events.

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Each year the PCA sponsors an arts festival complete with vendors exhibiting their artistic endeavors, a wide and entertaining variety of music, food and a $10,000 raffle. Once again the 'village' has come together to make this event a well attended and enjoyable success.

Thanks to the sponsors of this year's event: Perham Chamber of Commerce, Thrivent, Perham Family Dentistry, Kit's Collectables, Happel Law Office, Staebler Financial Group, Perham Jaycees, the former Dean's Country Market and JC Electric. The generosity of these sponsors made it possible to bring special live entertainment to the festival by Jack and LaVonne Bjerk, the Slew Foot Family Band and a magic/comedy act by Jeffrey Salveson.

And finally a special thank you to all who attended the festival, enjoyed the food prepared by the Perham Lions, purchased raffle tickets, helped out the day of the festival and continue to help make this annual event the success that it is each year. Truly the Perham Center for the Arts has a village!

The Board of Directors,

Perham Center for the Arts