The 30th Annual Parker County Peach Festival welcomed 40,000 happy attendees to our beautiful downtown. It was a PEACHY day with lots of Peach Cobbler, Peach Ice Cream, Peach Juleps 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 Sponsor, First National Bank of Weatherford were able to partner and bring this great event to Weatherford once again.
Our Big Peach Partners were Walmart, The Weatherford New Car Dealers Association, First Financial Bank, Devon Energy, Weatherford Democrat, Jerry's, Fort Worth Community Credit Union, Professional Caretakers and Silverleaf Resorts.
The Weatherford Rotary Club drove the golf carts that helped people get to and from their cars with all their goodies and fresh produce. This is always a crowd favorite after lots of walking thru the festival!
The remote parking booths were manned by the Weatherford Band Fan Club, Westwood Christian Fellowship, and Sons of the Confederate Veterans. 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. The Weatherford Christian School Booster Club worked hard setting out signage so our visitors could find their way around!
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 tent provided by Home Depot. Free water was handed out at the Oasis spots by Bath Planet, Home Depot and Bailey & Galyen. First Baptist Church also provide restrooms and water for guests and a diaper changing area as well as a Cooling Room for guests that were over heated.
Another way folks cooled down during the day was sitting and enjoying the local entertainment at one of our three stages. Bobby Clark and Any Event DJs coordinated & organized the Main Stage in First Baptist Church parking lot as well as the Children's Stage this year. 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 all day and were sponsored by Roger Williams Auto Mall, 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 guidance 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. The Sanitation Department had the large task of keeping the festival grounds clean and free of trash during and after the festival. They went above and beyond and helped out when needed all day long. Kyle Lucas had the project of organizing signage and traffic flow through town, and reports from the traffic control officers were that traffic flow ran smooth all day.
Donna Tillman and her team of Pam Briles, Terri Smith 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 this year. Renae Alexander, Tanya Hodges, Shelda Nichols, Kathy Smith, Shirley Smelley, Amy Kramer, Wally & Bonnie Wallace, Kathleen Campbell, Lisa Graves, James Plowman, Gail Tilley and Kim Laws volunteered their time to sell shirts until they were all gone!
Chamber staff Landace Ortiz, Tammy Gazzola, Peggy Hutton, Jennifer Williams, Patti Chamblee, Gina Osborn and Virginia Mayfield 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 and Kim Thieme stepped in to assist from set up all the way to tear down! Tanya Hodges was instrumental in assuring set up and Peach Central ran smoothly! Blake Rexroat with the City of Weatherford was integral to the success of the entire day. Michael Howard and Wanda Carter helped greatly with organizing our helpers for the day. Parker County Adult Probation provided many volunteers to assist with the set-up, ice and water delivery, take down, and much more.
Weldon Torbett provided his electrical expertise for all vendors during set-up on Friday evening and Saturday during the festival. 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 or Saturday to help with this great festival.
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 set up, entertainment stages, remote parking, and vendor parking: Dave Deison, First Baptist Church, First Financial Bank, First Monday Grounds, First National Bank, George Morgan & Sneed, Higginbotham & Associates, Shirley Hall Middle School, Weatherford College and Weatherford 9th Grade Center.
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 Brent Baker for all his hard work on making this a memorable 24th 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 2014 Parker County Peach Festival a great day in Weatherford! We are already looking forward to the 2015 Peach Fest were we will celebrate 31 years of peachiness!