(Aug. 2, 2019) The 23rd annual peach festival at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will return to the resort on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event has evolved into a two-day flea market since it began 23 years ago, and offers vendors, a silent auction, children’s activities, holiday items, books, baked goods, and of course, a plethora of peaches at the 103rd Street church.

“There is so much fellowship,” said Ginny Stannard, who co-chairs the festival with Dee Floyd. “It’s just a loving group of people … where you get to see old friends and make new friends.”

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Ocean City residents Dawn Offman, left, and Barb Musser, sell peach smoothies during the Ocean City Peach Festival at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street last year.

Peaches are typically purchased from Bennett Orchards in Frankford, Delaware. In the past, Ocean Pines Food Lion has also donated peaches for the festival.

Peaches will be sold for $1 each, or get them by the bag. The fundraiser sells over 25 boxes, or 100 pounds, of peaches each year, according to Stannard.

Attendees can also purchase hamburgers, hot dogs, soda and chips. Baked goods for sale include cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, cupcakes and cobblers.

“It’s a great day. Come for the peach smoothies, that’s why I go,” Stannard said.

Children’s activities include face painting and games with prizes. In addition, at least 10 vendors will be on hand featuring a farmer’s market, cosmetics and jewelry.

The silent auction will offer prizes such as a white standing piano, paintings, gift cards and hotel stays.

“We have local artists that donated so many paintings this year,” Stannard said. “We’re so excited.”

A flea market will take place inside the church all day on Thursday and on Friday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items for sale range from dishes, to pictures, jewelry, toys, household decorations and appliances.

This year, St. Peter’s hopes to raise more than $10,000 during the festival. Ten percent of the proceeds will go toward a Lutheran benevolence charity – the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, based in Illinois – and another 10 percent will go to the Ocean City Crisis Center, which provides respite housing for the homeless. Remaining proceeds will go into a mortgage reduction fund, to assist with payments for the Committee Life Center at the church, built several years ago.

Last year, the fundraiser generated $10,000, which was used to replace the old kitchen.

“We have a new kitchen and we offer our thanks to all the participants of the peach festival as well as other fundraisers we’ve had,” Stannard said.

Donations can still be brought to the church until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

For more information, call St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 410-524-7474 or visit www.stpetersoc.com.

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