Just peachy: Palisade Peach Festival begins Aug. 15

One-year-old Roger Sommers from Palisade was a two fisted ice cream eater during the Palisade Peach Festival Ice Cream Social in downtown Palisade Thu afternoon.This event was the start of the 2012 Palisade Peach Festival as hundreds packed downtown for free peach ice cream.

The bounty of Palisade’s peach harvest will be celebrated Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 15—18, with all kinds of peachy fun and events at the 45th annual Palisade Peach Festival.

The festival will begin with an ice cream social and street dance to music by Ron Koss and Friends from 6–9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, in the Palisade Town Plaza.

Feast in the Fields dining events will be 6–10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Z’s Orchard and Saturday, Aug. 17, at High Country Orchards. The ticketed affair “celebrates the rich bounty of local food and wine, prepared by top local chefs and enjoyed outdoors in beautiful settings,” according to palisadepeachfest.com.

Get your fill of flapjacks at the pancake breakfast from 7–10 a.m. Saturday in Palisade Memorial Park before heading to the parade that begins at 9 a.m.

The Peach Festival in the Park featuring vendors, live music, contests, Jake’s Jungle kids area, a fiber expo, the Peach Pit Bar (serving locally-crafted adult beverages) and much more will be from 2–10 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Riverbend Park.

Admission to the festival in the park is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6–12 and free for ages 5 and younger. A two-day pass is $7 for adults and $4 for children.

The Just for Fun Car Show, featuring cars ranging from vintage vehicles and muscles cars to unusual farm vehicles, will go from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, at Peach Bowl Park, with free entry for the public.

The Palisade Historical Society will offer walking tours of downtown Palisade at 10:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, beginning and ending at the History Center, 311 S. Main St. There also will be a display of historical information at Riverbend Park.

Guided agri-tours and winery will also be offered all four festival days.

Come back on Sunday, Aug. 18, to visit the Palisade Sunday farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and attend the Blessing of the Harvest, hosted by The Vineyard Church from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday.

A detailed schedule of the festival’s events is posted at palisadepeachfest.com.


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