The 32nd Annual Parker County Peach Festival welcomed approximately 30,000 happy attendees to our beautiful downtown! It was a PEACHY day with lots of Peach Cobbler, Peach Ice Cream, Peach Juleps, Fried Peaches and much more! This year’s success would not have been possible if not for our many volunteers and sponsors.
Weatherford Chamber of Commerce and the event’s Title Sponsors, Jerry Durant Auto Group and SouthWest Auto Group were able to partner and once again bring this great event to Weatherford.
Our Big Peach Partners include Ft. Worth Community Credit Union, Silverleaf Resorts, First Financial Bank, Weatherford Democrat, Walmart, Weatherford Regional Medical Center, Jani-King, Double D Mechanical, Iron Skillet, Excel ER and Statewide Remodeling.
The Weatherford Rotary Club drove golf carts to assist people to and from their cars with all their goodies and fresh produce. This is always a crowd favorite after lots of walking through the festival!
The remote parking booths were manned by the Weatherford Band Fan Club, Westwood Christian Fellowship and The American Cancer Society. The handicap parking lot at City Hall was managed by Victory Baptist Academy. First Student Transportation shuttled our thousands of guests safely to and from the festival. The onsite ticket booths were manned by many volunteers from the WHS Blue Belles and the Weatherford Band Fan Club.
Keeping visitors cool and hydrated is always important and there were some great partners that stepped up to help out this year. Guests definitely enjoyed the misting tents provided by Double D Mechanical, Our Community Our Kids and Tackle Depot. Free water was handed out at the Oasis spots by Home Depot and Army Recruiting and Bailey & Galyen. First Baptist Church also provided restrooms and water for guests as well as a cooling room for guests that were overheated.
Another way folks cooled down during the day was sitting and enjoying the local entertainment at one of our three stages. Bobby Clarks with Any Event DJs coordinated & organized the Main Stage in the First Baptist Church parking lot as well as the Children’s Stage. Rockin’ R Productions brought in talent for the second stage at the corner of Spring and Waco. All three entertainment stages had great local entertainment throughout the day and were sponsored by Weatherford Democrat, Plains Capital Bank and Lonestar Smiles for Kids.
The City of Weatherford is an imperative part of the Peach Festival Team and we are thankful to the many departments and employees that contribute. Weatherford Fire Department and Lifecare EMS provided aid to those in need throughout the day. Weatherford Police Department provided traffic control that helped the day flow smoothly, and Lieutenant Mahoney helped with the arrangement and set-up of the fencing for the perimeter of the festival. Albertson’s provided all the water for the Oasis Spots as well as the water for the police officers, firefighters and transportation crews. Troy Dickey and the Sanitation Department had the task of keeping the festival grounds clean and free of trash during and after the festival. They went above and beyond to help out when needed all day long. Kyle Lucas had the project of organizing signage and traffic flow through town and reports from traffic control officers were positive all day.
Donna Tillman, Terri Smith, Pam Briles and Tammy Black are always such a huge help with coordinating the admission booths! These folks are some of the first ones there on the day of the festival and the last to leave.
The Chamber Ambassadors had a busy day selling the Official Peach Festival T-shirts and hats once again this year. Lisa Graves, Tanya Hodges, Tim Fisher, Kindra Lucia, Kim Laws, Gail Wirtanen, Loretta Benham, Misty Browning, Lynn Mills, Shilo Treille and Matt Ticzkus volunteered their time to sell shirts and hats until they were all gone.
Chamber staff Landace Ortiz, Tammy Gazzola, Peggy Hutton, Jennifer Williams, Patti Chamblee and Gina Osborn assisted with Peach Central, vendor set-up, chamber office and any other task that came up the day of the Festival. Peach Festival alumni, Taylor Hall stepped in to assist from set up all the way to tear down! Tanya Hodges and Lauren Leach were instrumental in assuring set up and tear down ran smoothly! Michael Howard with the City of Weatherford was integral to the success of the entire day. Parker County Adult Probation provided many volunteers to assist throughout the day and with tear down.
Victory Baptists Church Youth Group volunteered on Friday night with setup, ice and water delivery and much more! Matt Ticzkus and his crew are always a pleasure to work with.
Weldon Torbett provided his electrical expertise for all vendors during set-up on Friday evening and Saturday during the festival. The County and First Financial Bank provided a cool place for volunteers and sponsors to grab a bite to eat and some sweet Peach Tea at their hospitality room before heading back out into the festival. The Peach Festival had many generous volunteers who gave up their Friday evening and Saturday to help with this great event!
The Downtown Merchants and Restaurants provided cool accommodations for guests while they were shopping along with warm smiles and a great selection of goods for people to purchase. Many businesses allowed the Chamber to use their parking lots for vendors to setup, entertainment stages, remote parking and vendor parking: Dave Deison, First Baptist Church, Parker County, Heritage Park Grounds, First National Bank, Higginbotham & Associates, Parker County Sheriff's Posse, Weatherford College and Weatherford 9th Grade Center.
Congratulations to the United Way of Parker County for organizing their first Peach Pedal! The Peach Pedal had a GREAT turn out! The Pedal’s Start/Finish line was at Weatherford High School and routes of varying lengths took riders all over the western half of Parker County. With countless hours invested, we would like to thank Susan Sodek and United Way for all their hard work on making this a memorable 26th annual Peach Pedal Bike Ride!
We would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers, the thousands of visitors and all of our sponsors that helped to make the 2016 Parker County Peach Festival a great day in Weatherford! We are already looking forward to the 2017 Peach Fest where we will celebrate 33 years of peachiness!