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Peru Applefest is on rain or shine

Parade, music, and BBQ slated

Pictured is a float from the 2010 Applefest parade. This year’s Applefest is scheduled for Sept. 17 and 18, rain or shine.

Pictured is a float from the 2010 Applefest parade. This year’s Applefest is scheduled for Sept. 17 and 18, rain or shine. John Ryan

— St. Augustine’s Parish is baking up a fresh Applefest for its 34th year.

“It’s a big family weekend for the whole community,” McBrayer said. “We have games and activities that are fun for everyone in the family.”

The event is scheduled this year for Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. into the early evening. It will be held at St. Augustine’s Parish Center Grounds, 3030 Main St.

Both days, there will be a craft sale, a clothing sale, a bake sale, pony rides, entertainment by Penelope the Clown, a plant sale, a silent auction, and an inflatable obstacle course for children.

On Saturday there will be a parade and performances by local musical groups Castaways and Back Porch Band.

On Sunday there will be a barbecue, a performance by local band Bootleg, and a grand prize and quilt drawing.

“There’s a lot of local food served at this thing,” McBrayer said.

Applefest is one of a kind.

“It’s the only community event in Peru now,” McBrayer said. “The other one was the fireman’s field day which was canceled a few years back.”

The weekend is a big event for the local Catholic church.

“I think it’s one of the largest single fundraising events for St. Augustine’s Parish,” McBrayer said.

The event raises an average of $20,000 to $25,000 for the parish every year, according to McBrayer.

“We should raise about the same,” McBrayer said of his expectations this year. “A lot of it hinges on the weather.”

Vendors at the craft sale are expected to sell a diversity of items, including etched glassware, alien plush toys, candles, birdhouses, crocheted hats, fleece pillows and dolls.

Applefest is sponsored by a large number of area businesses.

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