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June 14, 2013

Church festival celebrates faith, family, community

PLATTSBURGH — St. Peter’s Festival promises family fun, food and games of chance among other activities on Sunday, June 30.

The festival begins at 11 a.m. with the celebration of Mass on the grounds of Seton Academy. The festival started about 20 or so years after St. Peter’s Catholic Church was founded in 1853 by the Oblate Priests of Mary Immaculate.

“It’s celebrates who they are as a church, its origins and its culture,” the Rev. Monsignor Dennis Duprey, pastor, said.

“Now, it does that as well as brings people in the community together. A couple of years ago, we made a decision that games related to children would be free. So, they can have fun. We charge for the food — all kinds of tasty festival foods — sausage, bread dough, hamburgers, hot dogs and cupcakes.”

The festival was known as St. Peter’s Bazaar at different times.

“We have a large auction of materials that are donated — $10,000 worth of new merchandise. We have a raffle ticket that will be fairly large, a couple of thousand dollars. We usually have a DJ in with fun activities that people can take part in.”

Festival attendees can enjoy skillo and dish pitch.

A new addition this year is a flea market, where people can sell crafts, collectibles and antiques from the trunk of their vehicle.

The flea market will be located in the big field at the rear of the church.

“They have to contact us for selling. It’s $15 a space. Whatever profit they make, they take with them,” Duprey said.

Festival proceeds are used for the advancement of St. Peter’s mission in Plattsburgh.

“For the formation of young people, in particular, and the outreach of the church,” Duprey said.

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Contact St. Peter's Church, located at 114 Cornelia St., Plattsburgh, by calling 563-1692.

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