Annual Applefest on tap in Peru

Parade judges Sani Andrews, Janet Downs and Bill Ston get ready for the event to start.

Parade judges Sani Andrews, Janet Downs and Bill Ston get ready for the event to start. Photo by John Grybos.

— The 36th annual St. Augustine’s Applefest will kick-off with returning family favorites, vendors, games, musical entertainment and plenty of food during the two-day event on Sept. 21 and 22 at the church at 3035 Main Street.

“We have quite a crowd that comes back every year,” said Applefest committee chairman, Gary Liberty. “Boy it’s hard to gage when the grounds are full for two days but I had to guess we had 4 to 5,000 visitors last year.”

The event will begin on Saturday with the parade at 11 a.m. which will step off on Main Street. Following the parade, food and gift vendors will open at the church. Entertainers include The Bootleg Band, Josee Allard and Whiskey Bent. More entertainment will be provided by Meriloons the Clown and a dunking booth.

There will be all of the carnival food favorites including the chicken barbecue hosted by the Knights of Columbus, where people can find burgers, fries, michigans, apple fritters, fried dough, a dessert booth, sausage and peppers, pop corn, cotton candy and more.

Liberty said there will be fun for the entire family.

“Come by, see some of our free entertainment, we’ll have plenty of stuff for the kids which are reasonably priced,” said Liberty. “It’s a great family event, if your looking for something to do to help contribute to a charitable group it’s a great time out.”

Visitors can shop from local artisans through the indoor and outdoor craft fair. Chances to win prizes can be found in various games of change Liberty said.

The annual event is the church’s biggest fundraiser of the year, bringing in money for the various programs organized by St. Augustine’s.

Liberty said the church was able to raise over $28,000.

“It helps us put on programs to provide clothing, food, religious education material and help families in need in our community,” Liberty said.

For more information go to PeruParish.Org.

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