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Manchester Peach Festival to run despite complications

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The  Manchester Peach Festival will go on as planned Friday. (WFSB) The Manchester Peach Festival will go on as planned Friday. (WFSB)
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

After a couple bumps in the road, the Manchester Peach Festival will go on as planned Friday.

The event is hosted by the Manchester Fire Department.

Members of the 8th utilities district feared this year's problematic peach crop would force them to cancel.

However, they finally found the solution.

Chief Donald Moore said they firefighters were determined to make the event happen.

"We just dug in and said we're going to make it happen at all costs," said Moore.

The event started in the 1940's. Since it's beginning, it has drawn in thousands of people each year.

The organizers usually get peaches from Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, but with a difficult winter, much of the crop was knocked out.

They started weighing their options, however limited they seemed.

"We discussed are we going to serve canned peaches? Frozen peaches? We felt that would really diminish what we're trying to do here," said Moore.

Eventually, organizers turned to a farm in New Jersey for help.

However, it came with a price. Profits are going to be much lower this year because of the costs of bringing them from out-of-state.

"This year is going to be considerably less because the peaches cost us so much," said Moore.

Firefighters are confident they will bounce back.

"Mother nature kind of did us in this year, but we're going to survive," said retired Deputy Chief Bob Eschman.

The department is asking for the public's help. They need to peel 1,500 pounds of peaches the morning of the event.

They will later be turned into the festival's famous peach shortcakes.

The event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m at the fire department's headquarters. Tickets cost $6 per person.

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