WEIRTON - From peeling hundreds of bushels of peaches to baking a variety of sweet treats, members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church have been busy preparing for the church's 51st-annual Peach Festival.
Set from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 9, the event will include a variety of food, crafts, clothing and other items for sale. In addition to the church's popular peach shortcakes - which contain a heap of peaches topped with whipped cream and served with a scoop of ice cream - the menu will include hot dogs, roast beef sandwiches, cabbage rolls, haluski, french fries and zucchini fries.
Added this year are munch baskets, which consist of a sampling of onion rings, cheese sticks and other appetizers. Take-out orders may be made by calling (304) 723-4120.
A BUSHEL OF FUN PLANNED — Bruce and Cecilia Parrish, from left, Terri Fisher and Wendy Speer prepare for St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s 51st-annual Peach Festival on Aug. 9. They were among many church members who gathered to peel peaches for the church’s popular peach shortcakes for the event, which also will include a variety of hot food and baked goods for sale, drawings for gift baskets and a white elephant sale. -- Warren Scott
But there are many reasons for individuals to attend the event, said Terri Fisher, who is co-chairing with Cecilia Parrish. And there once again will be an assortment of homemade pies, cookies and other baked goods for sale.
Visitors also will find a variety of crafts sold by area vendors and a white elephant sale, including a large amount of used books and clothing. With children's (and other) clothes available for 50 cents each or $2 per bag, it will be a good time for some back-to-school shopping, noted Parrish.
Disc jockey Ben "Train" Manypenny will provide music.
The church also will hold its Tisket-a-Tasket basket drawing, with chances sold for gift baskets containing a variety of items, including many related to Pittsburgh sports teams.
Fisher expressed thanks to area businesses, groups and individuals that donated items for the baskets as well as to Aaron's Rent to Own for lending freezers for the temporary storage of food for the event and the Edgewood Town Center Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh for supplying hot dogs and buns.
As first-time chairman for the Peach Festival, Fisher also thanked Parrish for lending her experience as well as church members and other supporters working to make it a success once again.
She and others behind the event also are grateful for an anonymous donor they call the church's "ice cream angel" for providing that ingredient for the long-running event.
The church is at 300 St. Thomas Drive, by the entrance road to the Weirton Kroger store.