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St. Thomas Peach Fest is returning to Weirton

August 6, 2011
By WARREN SCOTT - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

WEIRTON - Members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church will again be serving up the large peach shortcakes that have made their annual Peach Fest popular as well as a variety of hot food and baked goods.

Set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 13, the festival also will include crafts sold by several area vendors, a white elephant sale, drawings for several gift baskets and door prizes awarded through the day.

The church is at 300 St. Thomas Drive, by the entrance road to the Weirton Kroger store.

Over the last 48 years, members of the church, family and friends have peeled hundreds of bushels of peaches to be used in the large shortcakes served with ice cream and topped with whipped cream.

Cecilia Parrish, who co-chairs the event with Ella May Knierim, said extra peaches have been peeled to ensure a steady supply of the shortcakes through the day.

Also on the menu are: roast beef, sausage and meatball sandwiches; cabbage rolls, haluski, french fries, zucchini fries and assorted baked goods.

Members of Olde St. John's Episcopal Church, St. Thomas' sister church, also will be selling strawberry smoothies.

Parrish said the festival is one of several events the church will hold in the next few months.

A yard sale is planned for Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a dedication of the church's new sign, lights and carillon is slated for 2 p.m. Sept. 18. An ice cream social will follow the latter event.

On Oct. 3, the Rev. Gene Sheppard, the church's pastor, will offer blessings for pets, a tradition that dates to St. Francis of Assisi.

All area pet owners are invited to participate, and children also may bring their stuffed animals for blessings if they desire.

The church operated a food pantry for many years but has turned its attention instead to helping several local non-profit organizations, including the Community Bread Basket and Brooke and Hancock county animal shelters.

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