The 55th Lexington County Peach Festival will be held July 4th, 2013 in Gilbert,
SC. The festival takes place in the Gilbert Community Park: located on Rikard Circle
behind Gilbert United Methodist Church and between Gilbert Primary and Gilbert Middle
For 55 years, the Town of Gilbert has hosted the Lexington County Peach Festival,
and it is recognized as one of the most successful and prestigious events of its
kind in the southeast United States. Summer after summer in the 50's, 60's, and 70's,
the community was alive with the harvesting, packing, and shipping of peaches. Today,
we find only a few peach farms still in operation, however the peach remains (in
our minds) the "Queen of all Fruits", and worthy of honor in our small town.
The Lexington County Peach Festival is held every year on July 4th (or July 3rd if
the 4th should land on a Sunday) in Gilbert, SC at the Gilbert Community Park. Festivities
kick off every year at 8:30 am and stretch into the night until 10:00pm when we bring
the day to a close with a dazzling display of fireworks. The Peach Pageant, Peach
Parade, Live Entertainment, Art Contest, Antique Car Show and many more exciting
events take place in conjunction with the festival.
We thank WIS News 10 for their continued support over the years.
Peach Festival in the News
2013 Winners Crowned at Peach Pageants
July 8, 2013
The 1982 Lexington County Peach Queen, Darlene Brannon, is the proud mother of Breanna
Nichol Scurry of Chapin, the 2013 Miss Lexington County Peach Queen. Richard and
Darlene Scurry celebrated their daughter’s crowning on June 29 as the full day for
all 2013 Peach Festival pageants came to a close. Breanna also received the photogenic
award. First runner-up for Peach Queen was Micaela Rae Campbell and second runner-up
was Sarah Elizabeth Atkerson.
An early morning tradition of each Lexington County Peach Festival is the annual
Peachy Contest that includes at least two cups of fresh peaches in each peachy dish
and two categories of judging: Salads & Main Dishes and Desserts. First place winners
in each category receive $75, and second place winners receive $50. Entries are
judged on imaginative use of peaches, simplicity and ease of preparation, appearance,
and taste. In the Salads and Main Dishes category, first place winner was Emily
Head with her Sweet and Sour Peach Chicken. David Yates won second place with his
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Scallops with Peach Salsa. In the Desserts category, Dwayne
Shumpert’s Peach Tacos won first place while Debbie Hardy’s Fresh Peach Dessert won
Ending their reigns with a special highlight of their time as peach queens, the 2012
Lexington County Peach Queens delivered peaches on July 1st to Governor Nikki Haley
and extended a personal invitation to the 55th Lexington County Peach Festival on
July 4th. The Governor plans to be at the Festival.