Peach Festival activities stretch from this week into next in Byron and Fort Valley

awoolen@macon.comJune 6, 2014 

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Kaleigh Courson tries to ride the mechanical bull at last year’s Peach Festival in Fort Valley.

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The world’s largest peach cobbler will again be center stage as the Peach Festival this weekend.

Held in both Byron and Fort Valley, the 10-day festival will host a number of events in multiple locations.

The festival kicked off Thursday with a Woman-less Beauty Pageant at the Austin Theater in Fort Valley. Organizer Linda Smith said the kid-friendly event included men in heels lip-synching, wrestling and reading poetry.

Next, the Byron Area Historical Society will have its annual lunch with a skit at Byron United Methodist Church at noon Friday.

At North Peach Park on Saturday, the festival gets into high gear with a concert by The Wall. Local musicians Steve Bloodworth and Al Scarborough formed the rock band in 1987.

There also will be a children’s area, a bungee jump and 3-D fireworks. There will be 3-D glasses available.

Arts and crafts vendors, along with food vendors, will be on hand displaying their wares for festival goers.

On June 14, Fort Valley will host the festivities starting with a parade at 10 a.m.

Entertainment at the gazebo will go on all day that day with singing and dancing groups, according to Jane Hopeck, office manager of the festival.

The world’s largest peach cobbler will be served starting at 2:30 p.m. June 14.

“It is good and people keep coming back,” Hopeck said of the draw of the cobbler.

The same recipe has been used for 23 years and one of the best things about it, is that it is free, she said.

At the courthouse square parking lot, a concert by Grains of Sand will start at 8 p.m. There also will be at least 50 arts and crafts vendors downtown in Fort Valley.

The fireworks will take place about 9 p.m.

The main focus is what the county and the festival are named for.

“Of course we will have peaches for sale from local peach farmers,” Hopeck said.

Georgia Peach Festival events

• 6 p.m.-10 p.m. June 7, Byron: Food, arts and crafts, music and fireworks, free

• 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 10: Spaghetti and Jazz Dinner, Troutman House, Fort Valley, $10

• 8 p.m. June 13, Gazebo, Fort Valley: night of music, free

• 7 a.m.-10 p.m. June 14, Fort Valley: Food, arts and crafts, music, world’s largest peach cobbler and fireworks, free

Information: www.gapeachfestival.com

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