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Georgia Peach Festival Kicks Off Today

The first Georgia Peach festival was staged in Fort Valley in 1986. Officially incorporated in 1988 as the Georgia Peach Festival, Inc., the festival was once directed by the Chamber of Commerce. Today a volunteer board plans, organizes and executes the complex job of putting on the festival.

The idea of a Peach Festival was conceived by Harold Peavy to promote Peach County and the peach industry that has contributed so much to the livelihood of the state of Georgia. Georgia ranks third in the nation in the annual production of peaches, with more than 15,000 acres of peach trees yielding more than 1.7 million bushels of peaches annually. More than half of that harvest is cultivated in Peach County alone.

The purpose of the Peach Festival is to honor peach growers for their contribution to our state’s economy and to the food industry nationwide. This 2007 Georgia Peach Festival commemorates the event’s 21st anniversary and the 83rd anniversary of Peach County! The Peach Festival holds the honor of being the only state–sanctioned food festival.

PEACH FESTIVAL EVENTS IN BYRON

 Friday, June 1
  • Noon: Historical Society Luncheon Byron Methodist Church
Saturday June 2
  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Byron Downtown Market Peach Dessert Contest
  • 4 p.m.: Arts and Crafts, Kids Activities, Food, Free Concert featuring Shane Bridges, North Peach Park, Byron
  • 9:45 p.m.: Fireworks

PEACH FESTIVAL EVENTS IN FORT VALLEY

Tuesday, June 5
  • 5:30 – 8 p.m.: Spaghetti & Jazz, Austin Theater in downtown Fort Valley. Tickets $10 per plate, take-outs available
Friday, June 8
  • 8 p.m.: Karaoke at the Bandstand downtown Fort Valley
Saturday, June 9 THE BIG DAY
  • 7 a.m.: Khoury’s Walk for Health, Fort Valley United Methodist Church NEW DAY THIS YEAR
  • 7 a.m.: Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast, Fort Valley United Methodist Church
  • 10 a.m.: Peach Festival Parade starts at Boys and Girls Club in Fort Valley
  • 10:30 a.m.: Introduction of Miss Georgia Peach and her court at the bandstand
  • 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Peach County Historical Society’s Famous Chicken Salad Luncheon
  • 2 p.m.: WORLD’S LARGEST PEACH COBBLER is served FREE presented Peach County Board of Commissioners, Lane Southern Orchards and Pearson Farm
  • 7 p.m.: Concert on the main stage in the Courthouse parking lot featuring the Soul Purpose Band
  • 9:45 p.m.:Fireworks Grand Finale
5K ROAD RACE
  • Saturday June 16: 7 a.m., 5K Road Race and Fun Run, First Baptist Church, Fort Valley
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