Early morning cloud cover provided a respite needed from the heat as festival goers attended the 32nd Annual Parker County Peach Festival.
For decades folks from all over North Texas have made an annual pilgrimage to Parker County every second Saturday in July greeted by blazing hot temperatures. Only this Saturday weather conditions were a little more moderate.
“We were so blessed by the wonderful cloud cover,” said Tammy Gazzola, Weatherford Chamber of Commerce president. “It certainly helped with a great turnout, but it also helped keep people at the festival longer.”
More than 200 arts and craft, food and activity vendors were on hand for the festivities. According to organizers, more than 40,000 people flocked to Weatherford for the one-day event every year and by early estimates this year was no different.
"This was a fantastic festival," Gazzola said. Keeping the tradition of handmade and hand embellished items is what has made the Peach Festival so successful the past 30-plus years. People know they can come find unique treasures and enjoy special peachy treats while they shop."
She said the local peach crops were bountiful this year thanks to spring rains.
"There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than by enjoying some peachy treats," Gazzola said. "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 much more."
The Festival provided family-friendly entertainment all day long. Kids fell in love with the Kiddie Corner for the bounce houses, games and activities.
Despite the Festival closing an hour early due to a late afternoon storm, the event was considered another huge success.
“This is such a special event,” Gazzola said. “We couldn’t do it without our many volunteers and sponsors.”