Parker County Today July 2017 - Page 54

our events: PEACH FESTIVAL Life’s A Peach . Then You Buy BY ALLYSON HUTCHESON Sprouting in a parking lot, it bloomed into one of the most successful chamber events in North Texas.  T 52 he first Peach Festival took place July 20, 1985, on College Park Drive, at the time the site of Weatherford National Bank. It began as a small, summertime event held to showcase the arts, crafts and baked goods created mostly by local stay-at-home moms. It drew attention to a relatively young bank — Weatherford National Bank (now First Financial). Organized by Jo Worthington, Helen Brogdon and Jean Bryan, the event drew an impressive crowd that numbered into the hundreds. They were delighted. “We were sitting at our house at the breakfast table, that’s where the idea was hatched; they [Jo and Helen] decid- ed what we wanted to do,” said Walter Worthington. “In the early days we would have the [festival] during the day and then at night we moved it down to Cherry Park and they had another festivity. We had a hard time the first year because we couldn’t quite get all the peach farmers together; it was something new to them. So the first time we had kind of a hard time getting peaches to the festival.” “They were just wanting to do the Peach Festival, let the people bring their peaches, sell them, have a little arts and crafts,” said Sherry Watters, owner of Something Special Boutique. “Never had an idea it would blow up to thousands of people. It’s a very high-profile [event] for all the shops; if they’re having trouble, this will be a big boost for them. If they have the right stuff to sell.”