Contact: Joe Vargo, Perris Public Information Officer
Phone: 951-956-2120
jvargo@cityofperris.org

Lights on the Lake December 5

A sleigh driven by reindeer made last year’s “Lights on the Lake” celebration at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area
A sleigh driven by reindeer made last year’s “Lights on the Lake” celebration at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will launch its patrol boat Saturday (Dec. 5) during the 11th Annual Lake Perris Holiday Boat Parade at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area.

The sheriff’s department and the City of Perris are teaming up to decorate the law enforcement entry with lights and ornaments.

“This is a great opportunity to take part in a wonderful event,” said Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough, who worked with the sheriff’s department to arrange the patrol boat entry. “It’s good for the City and it’s good for the sheriff’s department.”

The “Lights on the Lake” celebration runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Last year’s boat parade drew more than a dozen competitors.

Admission to the lights-on-water parade is free. Prizes will be awarded to the best-decorated boats.  All contestants will receive two nights of free camping and two free day use / boat entry passes, a value of more than $100.

This menagerie of cartoon and television characters took part in the 2008 Lake Perris boat parade
This menagerie of cartoon and television characters took part in the 2008 Lake Perris boat parade.

Several categories of watercraft are invited to this Saturday’s event.  Those include: power boats less than 20-feet long, power boats over 20 free, sailboats and kayaks and best of show.

There will be food for sale, music, and Santa Claus will surely stop by for the kids.

Anyone interested in entering as a contest or people with questions are asked to call 951-940-5600 or email Ken Gordon at kgordon@parks.ca.gov

The Lake Perris State Recreation Area can be reached by taking Ramona Expressway to Lake Perris Drive, which is three miles east of Interstate 215.