First Presbyterian Church holds annual Peach Festival

Church volunteers helped prepare for the annual Peach Festival at the First Presbyterian Church in Belmar. PHOTO BY ALLISON PERRINE

BELMAR — Everything was just peachy at the annual Peach Festival Saturday, held at the First Presbyterian Church.

There were dozens of baked goods made by members of The Ladies of the Presbyterian Women Circle. The volunteers worked all day on Friday to prepare items including peach crumb pies, peach upside down cake, peach crescents and peach loaves, as well as their famous chicken salad.

Nine peaches were peeled and baked into each pie, and there were 125 pounds of peaches in total at this year’s festival.

“We have this every year, we must have been having it for 35 years as far as I know,” said Judy Ball, who helped organize the event. “We keep going with it because the community comes, and we raise money for the church.”

Proceeds benefit the First Presbyterian Church pay back debts from Superstorm Sandy, when the church was severely damaged and flooded.

In the back of the room were gift items for sale donated by members of the congregation, said volunteer Susan Miles, of Wall Township. This sale is held annually at the Peach Festival as well as at the annual flea market hosted by the church.

“[I like] talking to the people,” said Ms. Miles, adding that the most popularly sold jewelry items each year seem to be the pins and the rings.


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