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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
More than cherries at St. Mark’s festival

It's been almost three decades since St. Mark's Church began its annual Cherry Festival, a popular event that continues to evolve and gets better every year.

It's a family celebration, with the focus, of course, on cherries: fresh cherries, cherry pies, juice, floats and jam.

Devoted volunteers have been busy since February – they use last year's cherries to make jam and pie filling, and since the crop was so good, there will be more pies than ever – 775 of them for sale.

They will still sell out, says Donna Belleville, one of the organizers, but this year they may be available a little later in the day than other years.

This year's silent auction is also bigger and better than ever with 80 different items – events and destinations – to be auctioned off.

There is also a bake shop, and books, clothing and jewelry for sale – including a couple of quite valuable bracelets, says Belleville.

There will be a children's nook to keep the little ones occupied, and to help out Newark Neighbours there will be bins for donations of non-perishable food items.

Throughout the day, the Holly Grill barbecue will offer food for the soul, served by St. Mark's volunteers. 

The festival is at St. Mark's on Byron Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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