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Millions of Peaches 

Unless you’re a school-aged whippersnapper dreading the opening bell of the first day of school, St. Louis summers can seem long -- even without record-breaking heat and dry spells. In these dog days of summer, then, it’s all the more important to savor those little blessings: cool breezes, soothing rain and the fuzzy, juicy graces of a perfectly ripened peach. The good people of Grafton, Illinois, know all about peaches -- plenty of orchards dot the river town and surrounding areas -- so it’s no surprise that the town will host its annual Peach Festival today. Learn from growers, artisans and cooks on the best ways to use these princely stone fruits in pies, salads, cocktails and more. The fest runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pere Marquette Lodge and Banquet Center (13653 Lodge Boulevard, Grafton, Illinois). For more information on this free event, call 618-786-2331 or visit
Sun., Aug. 5, 2012

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