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Preps underway for Lexington County Peach Festival

GILBERT, SC (WIS) - This year on July 4th in the Gilbert Community Park the Lexington County Peach Festival will be celebrating its 49th year.

Entertainment on July 4th starts at 9:00am and is free throughout the day with three stages in the Gilbert Community Park.

The parade along Main Street in Gilbert begins at 9:30am while arts and crafts booths will be set up on Rikard Circle next to the park.

Barbecue dinners and sandwiches, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, hotdogs, peach ice cream, peach tea, peach sundaes, peach slush, peach cobbler, lemonade, soft drinks and bottled water will be available for purchase.

A car show along with an antique tractor and farm machinery show will also be available as the Gilbert Community welcomes visitors to their hometown July 4th celebration.

Entertainment acts include Constance Flemming, St. James Gospel Singers, Mama's Home Cookin, Slydog, The Hendrix Family, The O'Kaysions, Deniese's School of Dance, Gilbert Studio of Dance Arts, #1 Dance Company, Breana Collier, Shag Time, Weekend, Magic, Joseph E. Greco, and The Hi-Cotton Singers.

Fireworks will light the sky at 10pm and a street dance on Rikard Circle with Mama's Home Cookin providing the street dance music will end the festivities at 10:30pm.

Parking is available off Main Street, in front of and across the street from Gilbert Primary School.

Entertainment Schedule

Stage 1 (middle of park) Deborah Nye, Emcee

8:30am - 10:00am - Anybody's Guess?
10:00am - 11:00am - Hi-Cotton Singers
11:00am - 12:00pm - The O'Kaysions
12:00pm - 12:20pm - Deniese's School of Dance
12:20pm - 1:20pm - The O'Kaysions
1:20pm - 1:40pm - Gilbert School of Dance Arts
1:40pm - 2:40pm - The O'Kaysions
2:40pm - 3:00pm - #1 Dance Company
3:00pm - 3:45pm - Breana Collier-Fiddle
3:45pm - 4:45pm - The O'Kaysions
4:45pm - 5:15pm - Constance Flemming
5:15pm - 6:00pm - Beyond the Cross
6:30pm - 10:30pm - Mama's Home Cookin'

Stage II (Near Park Entrance) Tom Wright, Emcee

9:00am - 11:00am - Joseph E. Greco
11:00am - 12:00pm - Shag Time
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Slydog
1:00pm - 2:00pm - Shag Time
2:00pm - 2:45pm - Breana Collier-Fiddle
2:45pm - 3:45pm - Slydog
5:45pm - 6:15pm - Constance Flemming
6:15pm - 7:15pm - Shag Time

Stage III (Across street) David Hendrix, Emcee

10:00am - 11:00am - The Hendrix Family
11:00am - 12:00pm - Weekend
12:00pm - 1:00pm - The Hendrix Family
1:00pm - 2:00pm - Weekend
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Magic
3:00pm - 4:00pm - Weekend
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Magic
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Weekend
6:00pm - 7:00pm - Magic

Schedule of Activities

9:00am - Judging of Peachy Contest
Gilbert Elementary School Cafetorium

9:30am - Peach Festival Parade
Parade Route - Streets of Gilbert: beginning on Hampton Street; ending at Main and Hayes Street
Fly-Over - Air Force Jets & Bell Aviation, Columbia

11:00am - In Gilbert Elementary School Cafetorium
Special Entertainment
- Mr. Rudolph Mitchell & Mrs. Molly Spearman
Welcome - Hon. John M. "Jake" Knotts, Jr., SC Senator, District 23; Hon. Billy Derrick, Lexington County Council; Hon. Randy Clamp, Mayor of Gilbert; Mack Ellis, General Chairman
Recognition of Visiting Queens - Harriet Cotterman, Peach Queen; Chairpersons
Recognition of Oldest and Youngest Present
Introduction of Guests - Al Harman, Program and Publicity Co-Chair
Peachy Contest Awards - Catherine Porth, Chairperson
Awarding of Parade Trophies - Neil Craps, Parade Chairman
Speaker - Ms. Roxanne Wilson

Other Activities

10th Annual Peach Festival Car Show
Where: Gilbert Middle School
Sponsored by: Cub Scouts of Gilbert Pack 60, Registration: 8am - 11am
Pre-registration by June 25th - $20
Day of Show - $25
All classes of cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome. Contact Bryan Waters for information at 803-532-0787.

Antique Tractor & Farm Machinery Show
Contact George Oswald at (803)-892-2682 and Thomas Harmon at (803)-892-5504

Street Dance
6:30pm - 10:30pm
Mama's Home Cookin'

Fire Works Show
10:00pm

Peach Queen contest
(Junior Division)
June 23rd - 6:30pm
Ages: 5 to 16 years
Admission $3 and $2

(Wee Division)
June 30th - 2:00pm
Admission $3 and $2
Ages: Birth to 4 years
Recognition of Photogenic Winners

Evening Program
6:30pm
In Gilbert Elementary Cafetorium

Peach Queen Contest
Ms. Meredith Taylor, Emcee
(Admission $3 and $2)
Recognition - Miss Kristin Rikard - 2006 Peach Queen
Recognition of visiting queens, entertainment and crowning of queen

Evening Entertainment on the Park Stage (Rikard Circle)
6:30pm - 10:30pm - Mama's Home Cookin'
10:00pm - Fireworks

*This is a "family occasion" and the Executive Committee requests that no alcoholic beverages or pets be brought to the festival. But you are encouraged to bring a folding chair.

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