In the autumn of 2011 the platform rigged in the harbor that supported the greasy pole was damaged first by Hurricane Irene, and then destroyed by a subsequent ‘noreaster. Roughly eighty thousand dollars was needed to reconstruct the platform. The Greasy Pole Fall Classic Fundraiser was held at Newell Stadium, and is a one time only re-creation of the annual event that is taking place this weekend. Gloucester’s St. Peter’s Fiesta is attended by tens of thousands and it is a beautiful celebration of St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen. The Greasy Pole is a highlight of the fiesta, and just one of many religious and celebratory events.