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.
Enjoying the day's activities on July 4th may make everyone seem a winner. The Peach
Queens were crowned on June 28th; however, additional winners were recognized at the 11
a.m. program on July 4th. Among those were the oldest and youngest in attendance
at the 56th Lexington County Peach Festival. Receiving the award as the oldest
person in attendance for the second year in a row was this year's grand marshal,
George Oswald of Gilbert. In his 90s, Mr. Oswald, a World War II army veteran, served
at Normandy. Ryles Ava Stidham, ten-day old daughter of Eric and Starla Stidham
of Lexington, was recognized as the youngest person in attendance. Three years ago,
Dani Rayne Stidham, Ryles' sister, also received the youngest person in attendance