Lake County - PerchFest

September 8, 9, & 10, 2006

On Lake Erie in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, yellow perch are plentiful — they're the most commonly caught fish in this part of the lake. The town has honored the abundance of perch
in the lake's waters with Perch Fest, an annual event that draws scores of families and fishermen to the town.  During the 3 day Perch Fest, participants fish for perch, then compete to see who caught the biggest fish. The winner gets a $1,000 prize.

After working up an appetite at the competition, visitors are sated with Ohio's largest fish fry, featuring, what else? Fried perch. During Perch Fest, more than 10,000 meals of fried perch are sold.

Fairport Habor Lighthouse built in 1871 stands 80 feet high

Sprial staircase in lighthouse has 69 steps

View from lighthouse observation platform

The lighthouse beam is visible for 17 miles

New Fairport Habor Lighthouse

Lake County Police/Fire Mobile Command Center

Perch display at entrance to Lakefront Park

White tent is where the Perch Dinners are served

Danny in line for his Perch Dinner

Frank & Katie getting some liquid refreshment

There were many other food items to pick from

Fairport Habor Lakefront Park Beach

Kids fishing tank

Taking the hook out a fresh caught catfish

This kid has caught another one!

An another catfish! This kid is trying to empty the tank

Kids area