Ocean City Today

Peach Festival at St. Peter’s Church in Ocean City, Aug. 3

By Kara Hallissey | Jul 27, 2017
Photo by: Kara Hallissey Responsible for getting the Peach Festival off the ground, Elsworth Wheatley and Ginny Stannard, take time out of their busy day to pose among the flea market portion last year at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street.

(July 28, 2017) Check out the annual Peach Festival, hosted by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a flea market, bake sale, peaches and ice cream, smoothies and picked fresh, right-off-the-tree fruit.

“It’s one of my favorite events to do and it’s a satisfying day with fellowship for a good cause,” said Ginny Stannard, who co-chairs the festival with Dee Floyd. “You can come and shop, fill yourself up with delicious food and find good bargains.”

The event has evolved into a two-day flea market since it first began in 1995, and includes concessions stands, vendors, a silent auction, children’s corner, holiday items, books and a smorgasbord of baked goods with an emphasis on peaches at the church on 103rd Street in Ocean City.

Peaches are picked fresh by members of the congregation from Bennett Orchards in Frankford, Delaware and will be on sale for $1 each. Last year, at least $400 worth of fruit was sold during the festival, Stannard said.

Bennett Orchards usually donates 100 pounds of peaches to be used in the festival’s peach smoothies and peaches and crème vanilla ice cream, she said.

Attendees can purchase hamburgers, hot dogs, soda and chips along with a huge baked goods selection for dessert including cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, cupcakes and cobblers.

“All the goodies you can imagine,” Stannard said. “The ladies of the church can bake. Any baked items not sold on Thursday will be available during the flea market on Friday.”

A children’s corner is slated to have face painting and games with prizes in addition to at least 10 vendors including a farmers market, cosmetics and jewelry.

There will be two rooms of holiday decorations, a huge book sale and a nurse will be on hand to take complementary blood pressure readings.

The silent auction includes hotel stays, a beach bag, kitchen and hostess items, baskets of goodies and decorative items, Stannard said.

Dishes, books and holiday decorations, pillows, kitchen items, toys, small electronics, glassware, craft items, Legos, a crystal tape dispenser, China, picture frames and CDs can be found at the flea market, which runs all day Thursday and again Friday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The flea market is how we make money and it worked out very well last year,” Stannard said. “There are odds and ends. No furniture or mattresses.”

Last year, St. Peter’s raised more than $6,000 during the festival with 10 percent going to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the same amount benefited a crisis fund for those in need of help with electric bills or rent payments in Ocean City. Remaining proceeds go into a mortgage reduction fund. Church members agreed to allocate funds to the same places this year as well, Stannard said.

Call St Peter’s Lutheran Church at 410-524-7474 or visit www.stpetersoc.com for more information.

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