Parker County Today July 2017 - Page 59

self-promote, unless they are big peach sponsors. Small local businesses can self-advertise with free activities for the children. Peach farmers still showcase their fruits, and vendors continue to provide classic recipes — from peach cobbler to ice cream and of course iced tea: a true Texas staple. The festival really has evolved from a small-town celebra- tion into a famous Texas tradition.  “The Peach Festival is such a memorable part of our year, so much so that one of our citizens took the time to hunt down such pieces of history,” said Terri Smith. “Nadeen Murphree, with the help of her daughter Donna Tillman and Tammy Gazzola, found T-shirts from the 1988 festival all the way to 2012 and made a wonderful quilt to commemorate the Peach Festival’s history. This beautiful quilt now hangs each year in the Holland Lake Senior Care Center, another reminder of what the Peach Festival means to our community.” This year, the 2017 Peach Festival will offer live enter- tainment, with two stages for adults and one children’s stage. There will be bounce houses, a children’s train, food stalls, a 42 Tournament and other carnival-type attractions. The 33 rd Annual Parker County Peach Festival may be the largest Peach Festival yet, with reports of quickly sold-out vendor spots, 50,000 people expected to attend and visitors from all around the state, as well as the country. Attendees are in for a fun-filled day. The festival is also a major economic boost to the economy of Weatherford. With businesses reporting major growth in profits, the event really does prove that the Peach Festival is a perfect way to connect us with our history, with our community and with people from other communities.  It’s hard to disagree with Peggy Hutton, who said, “Our Peach Festival is an experience you can’t get anywhere else.” Peach Festival 2014 Photo by Zach Peterson 57