First (and last) Friday Fest brings fun lovers to Pattee Park

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Band mates since seventh grade, the classic-rocking Rukkus played to a capacity crowd Friday evening in Pattee Park at the season's first Friday Fest.

The Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce, with help from Raccoon Valley Bank and the Dallas County Hospital, hosted the season’s only Friday Fest and drew a capacity crowd to Pattee Park in Perry Friday for food, fun and the classic-rocking sounds of Rukkus, a local favorite.

“Everybody loves Friday Fest,” said Bob Wilson, executive director of the Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce. “It brings people together and is always one of our most successful events. It starts off a busy weekend this time, with Saturday’s Baccoon Riders coming through town on the bike trail.”

Rukkus brought their brand of flaming rock to the shady lawn at the Pattee Park band shell. With roots in Perry, the core members of Rukkus — lead singer Mark Einck of Perry, lead guitarist Jim Wuebker of Grimes and rhythm guitarist J. C. Wilson of Des Moines — have played together since seventh grade, according to local historian Margaret Harden of Perry.

Other band members included Ben Einck of Des Moines on keyboards and guitar and vocalist Emily Einck of Perry. Eric McLeod of Ames rocked steady on drums.

Food is foremost at Friday Fest, and half a dozen local vendors satisfied most every nutritional need.

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