The 56th Lexington County Peach Festival will be held July 4, 2014 in Gilbert, SC.
The festival takes place in the Gilbert Community Park located on Rikard Circle behind
Gilbert United Methodist Church and between Gilbert Primary and Gilbert Middle Schools.
For 56 years, the Town of Gilbert has hosted the Lexington County Peach Festival,
and it is recognized as one of the most successful and prestigious events of its
kind in the southeast United States. Summer after summer in the 50's, 60's, and 70's,
the community was alive with the harvesting, packing, and shipping of peaches. Today,
while we find only a few peach farms still in operation, the peach remains (in our
minds) the "Queen of all Fruits" and worthy of “honor” in our small town.
The Lexington County Peach Festival is held every year on July 4th (or July 3rd if
the 4th is on a Sunday) in Gilbert, SC at the Gilbert Community Park. Festivities
kick off every year with the parade at 9:30 am and stretch into the night until 10:00
pm when we bring the day to a close with a dazzling display of fireworks. We hope
you plan to spend July 4th with us in Gilbert as you enjoy the live entertainment,
parade, over 100 Art & Craft Exhibits, an antique car show, a Revolutionary War Re-enactment,
a tractor show, children’s rides, and numerous food items specializing in “Peachy”
delights! A student Peachy Art Contest held in May at the various schools and the
various divisions of the Peach Pageants scheduled for June 28 are events also held
in conjunction with the Peach Festival.
We thank WIS News 10 for their continued support over the years.
The 56th Annual Lexington County Peach Festival will be held on Friday, July 4th!
Kaylee Michelle Cuthbertson, daughter of Steve and Shelly Cuthbertson of Lexington,
was crowned the 2014 Miss Lexington County Peach Queen and photogenic winner on June
28. Kaylee is a former Miss Young Peach, Miss Teen Peach, and the first Miss River
Bluff High School.
The 2014 Peach Queen's Court includes first runner-up, Sarah Elizabeth Atkerson,
daughter of Dale and Belinda Atkerson of West Columbia; and second runner-up, Meera
Bhonsle`, daughter of Rutu and Nicole Bhonsle` of Lexington.
A special tradition for reigning Peach Queens is to present peaches to the Governor
each June. The 2013 Peach Queens presented peaches to Governor Nikki Haley on June
26. The queens making the presentation were Miss Wee Peach Sarah-Katherine Nicole
Cantrell, Miss Little Peach Gracie Bowers, Miss Young Peach Madelyn Monroe Bacon,
Miss Teen Peach Cadie Brooke Hall, and Miss Lexington County Peach Queen Micaela
Miriam Matthews and Kathy Hoffman served once again as co-chairs of the Lexington
County Peach Festival Pageant Committee. All pageant contestants must be residents
of Lexington County. This year’s pageant competitions were held at Gilbert Primary
School on June 28. More information about the Festival is available at web site: www.lexingtoncountypeachfestival.com.