Tammy Gazzola, President of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, said recently that things couldnt be more peachy in downtown Weatherford - and she was right.Thousands gathered for what could almost be described as a pilgrimage to Parker County to celebrate the 29th Annual Peach Festival, which took place in downtown over the weekend.More than 200 arts and craft, food and activity vendors were on hand for the days festivities. She said that the April freezes may have hit the peach crop hard but she assured festival goers that plenty of their favorites would still be found at this years festival. Visitors got their fill of homemade peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach pie, peach juleps, peach tea, peach smoothies, ice cream topped with fresh peaches and more.The 25th Annual Peach Pedal Bike Ride was another hit, according to organizer Brent Baker.It went really well. We had 2,115 riders, within 100 of last year's ride, Baker said. It was much hotter and more humid this year, and I thought that might take its toll on our numbers, but we still had a great turnout.He said folks keep coming out for the ride, and they're proud that the Peach Pedal is one of the largest rides in North Texas.The funds support scholarships and other projects for the Weatherford College Foundation, and the promotion of Weatherford through the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, Baker added. We have unbelievable volunteers. To spend the day in this heat carrying ice chests, helping stranded riders, serving Gatorade, etc. is a real sacrifice. I can't thank them enough.Three entertainment stages had a variety of performers to keep patrons entertained. Roger Williams Auto Mall presented the musical talent on Stage One, and the rockin red dirt sounds of Stage Two was brought by Weatherford Medical Spa. The Diaper Derby baby race, always a hit, kicked things off at the Childrens Stage, which was sponsored by Lonestar Smiles for Kids.The Weatherford Art Association announced the winners of the annual Peach Festival Art Competition and the 2012-2013 Artist of the Year at the closing of the festival on Saturday. More than 200 artworks from kindergarten to professional were entered in the show. Entries were juried by Granbury artist Rebecca Zook. Best of show was awarded to SFA senior Katherine Holmes for her experimental painting called Song of Songs 4:4. Best of Show in the student division was awarded to Emma Moorman for her large paper mache panda called In Danger. Peoples Choice Award for students was also awarded to Moorman for her giant paper mache Panda. Peoples Choice Award for adults was awarded to Don Lambert for his photograph titled, Into the Wild. Other winning artists were: • Oil/Acrylic works on canvas; 1st. Katherine Holmes, Despondent, - 2nd. Lila Wallace, Braying Cow, and 3rd. Daniel Norris, Mosa, honorable mentions to Linda Henry, Lynda Robinson, and Claire Logsdon.• 3-D Sculpture; 1st. Sonia Gabel Sacred Hoop,- 2nd. Carolyn Bernard Young Mother Earth Totem Jar, and 3rd. Sonia Gabel We Were..• Watercolor works on paper; 1st. Diane Bolinger Reflections of Venice, - 2nd. Kathleen Cunning 58 Chevy, and 3rd. Judy Mason Formal, honorable mention to Carroll Richardson.• Novice; 1st. Andi Bakken Big Ben, - 2nd. Andi Bakken Escape, and 3rd. Deborah Thomas Golden Serenity.• Photography; 1st. Pamela Steege Let R Buck, - 2nd. Don Lambert Borrowed Pony, and 3rd, Dennis Behm The Chair, honorable mention to Kirsten Gallon, Dennis Behm and Sam Brantley. • Graphics; 1st. Diane Bolinger Waterlilies, - 2nd. Debra Sue Waters Draft Horse, and 3rd. Debra Sue Waters Jelly Bean, honorable mention Carolyn Jehring.• Experimental/Mixed Media; 1st. Diana Littlejohn Winter Lights,- 2nd. Diane Brown Esther, and 3rd. Carolyn Jehring Lost and Broken.• Students K-3; 1st Raviyah Anderson Raven, - 2nd. Izzy Longpaugh Circles & Squares, and 3rd. Raviyah Anderson Giraffe, and honorable mention to Katelyn Paulman. • Students grades 4-6; 1st. Leah Tell Looking in the Mirror, - 2nd. Juliana Simonfalvi Hurricane, and 3rd. Juliana Simonfalvi Southwest Scene, honorable mention to Lauren Chambers and Ethan Privitt. • Students grades 7-9; 1st. Caleb Albritton England, - 2nd. Jack French Soul Leaf, and 3rd. Jack French Colorama, honorable mention to Caleb Albritton.• Students grades 10-12; 1st. Abigail Holmes Mothers Sewing Machine, - 2nd. Lauren Bragg Swiss Window Box, and 3rd. Alexander Escobar Imagine, honorable mention to Lauren Bragg. WAA Artist of the Year was awarded to Dale Martin. The Betty Murray Award for service to the association was presented to Bobbie Narramore. Most artworks will on display at the Firehouse Gallery until the end of August.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102 Twitter: @Lancewinter