By Ronda Cowen
News Star Reporter
The date for Stratford’s largest event of the year is quickly approaching. The 2018 Stratford Peach Festival is set for Saturday July 21st. The event is hosted and planned by the Stratford Little League Foundation and many volunteers.
The Festival will begin with a 5K run that will begin and end at the Stratford Town Park. Race time is 6:30 a.m., while it’s still reasonably cool outside.
The entry deadline to receive an official race t-shirt is July 12th. Registration can be done online at https://stratfordpeachfestival5k2018.itsyourrace.com/register.
The Peach Cook-Off is a long-standing activity held at the Festival. The entry fee for the contest is ten dollars and entries must be turned in at the booth near the pavilion by 9:30 a.m.
The recipe for the entry must have at least one peach and needs to be shown to Ashlee Burnett for approval.
All ages are welcome to participate. For more information or to sign up for the contest, contact Burnett at (405) 615-7456 or at Ashleeburnett@hotmail.com.
The Peach Royalty is a favorite part of the Festival and is a large part of the fundraising that keeps the big event going. The participants get to experience the pageantry of the contest and the winners are representatives of the town.
The 2017 Peach Festival Queen, Kara Cosby has been seen around the state, visiting other festivals and events as an ambassador for Stratford.
Tricia Wood will be in charge of the Peach Royalty, with the help of some other volunteers. A special informational meeting for the hopeful royalty will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, at 10 a.m. at the museum.
Anyone wishing to compete in the Peach Royalty must be a resident of Stratford.
The age divisions for this year are as follows: Peach Blossom-girls ages two to five, Peach Princess-ages six to eleven, Peach Queen-ages twelve to eighteen, and Senior Queen-age sixty-five and above.
The deadline to sign up is June 22nd. For more information contact Tricia Wood at (817)372-7070 or at Tholzbog3355@yahoo.com.
There will be no Peach Idol Contest this year for the festival but there will be many other activities to keep attendees busy. The Chickasaw Stomp Dancers and Chickasaw Karate Team will perform early in the morning. There will be several vendors on site with food, refreshments, specialty products, and unique goods.
Children interested in competing in the turtle races should bring their own turtles. A stick horse race is also in the tentative stages of planning. Wood is looking for any donations of stick horses in good condition to be used in this activity.
The car show is also another popular component of the Festival and has grown in size in the last few years. Registration for the show will begin at 9 a.m.
More information about registration fees, deadlines and added activities will be posted on the Facebook page “2018 Peach Festival Stratford OK.”
The Stratford’s Round-Up Club Rodeo is also a not-to-be-missed event that is always on the same weekend as the Peach Festival.
The Rodeo festivities will begin on Thursday July 19th at 5:30 p.m. with the parade which will travel through downtown and end at the parade grounds. Friday and Saturday nights the rodeo will begin at 8 p.m.
The Garvin County News Star will provide more information on the schedule for the Peach Festival as the date draws nearer.