Rain Does Not Deter Peach Shortcake Lovers from Attending 2014 Festival in Manchester, CT
Posted on August 24, 2014
Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
Oh no, don’t let the rain come down!
Sporadic rain showers did not deter peach shortcake lovers from attending the 65th Annual Peach Festival held Friday night, August 22 in Manchester, Connecticut. Umbrellas in hand, festival-goers turned out anyway.
The Peach Festival is hosted by the 8th Utilities District firefighters and ladies auxiliary as a fundraiser for the volunteer department. Tickets were $5.
Organizers moved most of the long tables for family style seating inside the Fire Headquarters, where the event was held for the second year after being relocated from its previous home down the hill at the old firehouse. For many the festival is an end-of-summer tradition but was also enjoyed by some first timers.
“This is our first time,” said David Funke and Kathleen Joy.
They recently moved into the neighborhood and decided to check out the festivities.
Ashley McCauley of Vernon has attended with her family in the past. Despite the rain this year, she and her mother decided they did not want to miss it.
Not only residents in town and the surrounding communities savor the bowls of peach shortcake, topped with freshly sliced peaches and whipped cream; but as well, so do local emergency workers. Father and son, Stefan and Christopher Zajac of the 8th Utilities District, were making peach shortcake runs to deliver the tasty treats to on-duty police officers and other medics.
A few tables, albeit wet, were set up outside. That is where the band 384 East performed under the cover of an open-front trailer.
The Peach Festival has long been a popular stop for campaigning politicians and this one was no exception. Local Republicans gathered by the fire station awaiting the arrival of GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley.
An estimated 3,000 people attend the festival each year, with those figures varying – reportedly, more than 5,000 turned out in 2013.
New this year, at long last, Peach Festival t-shirts! Sold for $10 each. In what else, peach-color.