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Peach Festival to start Saturday

The 29th annual Georgia Peach Festival gets underway at 6 p.m. Saturday at North Peach Park in Byron. Festivities, including a kids zone, live music and 3-D fireworks, continue until 11 p.m.

At 7 p.m. the pre-concert music begins, followed by Tres Hombres, which takes the stage at 8 p.m., and the Doc Holliday Band starting at 9 p.m.

The festival runs during two consecutive weekends, starting in Byron and ending in Fort Valley.

On June 13, the Peach Festival parade will start in Fort Valley at 10 a.m. Other activities start at 9 a.m., with the festival’s signature “world’s largest peach cobbler” served up beginning at 2 p.m.

“It’s $500 worth of peach cobbler,” said Emily Griffin, a member of the festival’s board of directors.

All of the daytime events June 13 will be held in downtown Fort Valley. The festival wraps up with a concert and a second dose of 3-D fireworks at the Peach County Courthouse Square.

The Sole Purpose Band out of Atlanta will be the headliner for the June 13 concert.

Griffin estimated a couple thousand people would show up for the Byron events.

“Anytime you have Southern rock, it is a magnet,” Griffin said.

Both concerts are free.

Two festival-related luncheons also are scheduled. The first, sponsored by the Byron Area Historical Society, will be at noon Friday at the Byron United Methodist Church. The cost is $12.

The Peach County Historical Society chicken salad luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. June 13 at the McArthur-Saxon House. The cost for the PCHS luncheon will be $12 and includes a $5 tax deductible donation to raise funds to purchase a park bench for Everett Square Park in Cyriline Cantrell’s memory. Cantrell was known as the unofficial ambassador for Fort Valley.

Tickets will be available at the Troutman House from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. during the week or from any society member, said Kathie Lambert, director of Fort Valley Main Street, Downtown Development Authority.

This state-sanctioned event attracts people from both near and far.

“People come in from Virginia and California. The community comes out too,” Griffin said.

For a complete list of events and times, go to www.gapeachfestival.com.

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