POSTED JULY 26, 2019
By Ronda Cowen
News Star Reporter
This year’s Peach Festival was one of the most well-attended festival in recent years, according to Stratford Little League Foundation representative, Chelli Schwagel.
The peach farmers of the area were well represented and for the first time in several years, the peach harvest was good and on-time.
Pullens Peaches, Peachtree Farms, Sugar Sands Farms, Atkins Farms, Adair County Orchards and Coats Farms were all present at this year’s festival. Pullen Peaches said they sold a record number of peaches.
The over eighty vendors at the Peach Festival were thrilled with the awesome turnout, making them more likely to return next year.
The ever-popular Car Show was moved over by the city lake. The green grass and rippling water created a beautiful background for the awesome cars that came. Native Construction sponsored the Car Show this year.
The Army National Guard was a sponsor for the first time this year thanks to Sergeant First Class Paul Davis and his recruiting team. The Army National Guard sponsored and helped with the water stations on the 5K race route and later put on a free corn hole tournament. They also sponsored the Peach Festival T-shirts this year.
Schwagel says, “The Army National Guard members were so fun to work with and we look forward to more festivals with them!”
The Burnett Family of Stratford served up a colossal amount of homemade peach ice cream to attendees. The Burnett Family has been scooping out their delicious delight at the festival for several years.
Peach Queen went to Bobbye Myers, Peach Princess is Leah Green, Peach Blossom went to Julieanne Wright and Peach Bud is Landon Harrell.
The success of the 2019 Peach Festival was due mainly to the hard work of area volunteers. The Stratford Little League Foundation has been organizing and orchestrating the Festival for the last four years.