Frequently Asked Questions
When does the festival take place?
The 2016 Peach Festival will be our 58th festival. It is always held on the 4th of July, unless the 4th falls on a Sunday; the festival will then be held on Saturday, July 3rd.
Where does the festival take place?
For many, many years, the Peach Festival was held on the grounds of our old Gilbert High School. When the park was constructed, the festival was moved to the park, with the overflow activities taking place in the Gilbert Primary School and on the grounds of the Gilbert Middle School.
Who has benefited from the festival?
This festival is one of the oldest and most successful in our state. Over the years, it has allowed our community club to raise monies for countless community projects, the most significant being the total construction of our Gilbert Community Park. Our park is open to all regardless of race, color, or creed. It is a place of great beauty and quiet contemplation. Families enjoy outings under the picnic shelters. Children play on the playground. Walkers hike the hills and curving paths. On most Easter Sundays, the community churches meet together in the park for the Community Sunrise Service. Each year, hundreds and hundreds of folks visit and enjoy our park. Other projects include donations to our schools, our fire department, our town library, Girl’s State, and Festival Scholarships. When a crisis occurs in our community, our club uses its resources to help.
How do I get to the Peach Festival?
Use our directions page to find the best route to the festival. These directions are optimized to maintain smooth traffic flow throughout the day.
Is there a festival admission fee?
No. There is no admission fee to experience the Lexington County Peach Festival. While parking locations may charge a parking fee ($4), there is no charge to visit the Arts & Crafts Show, live entertainment, car show, and other festival events.
Are dogs (or other pets) permitted at the festival?
No. At times, areas around the park may become congested with heavy foot traffic - we ask that patrons leave their loveable critters at home due to the concern of their safety, as well as the safety and comfort of all festival guests.
What type of food will be available at the festival?
Plate lunches will be served in the park beginning at 11:00am. Available will be Southern Style BBQ Pork and Chicken, sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, and other good food. Peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach sundaes, peach slush, peach tea, peach almond delights, and fresh peaches will be the speciality.
Do you have to be a Lexington County resident to participate in the Peach Pageants?
Yes. The participant MUST be a legal Lexington County Resident to participate in any division of the Peach Pageants.
Are there campgrounds located near Gilbert, SC?
To our knowledge, there are not any campgrounds (private nor public) in the immediate area. However, several SC State Parks offer the perfect camping location, and are within an hour drive of Gilbert.
- Dreher Island State Recreation Area, Prosperity, SC // 1 Hour 18 Minutes from Gilbert
- Aiken State Natural Area, Aiken, SC. // 1 Hour 6 Minutes from Gilbert.
- Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia, SC. // 45 Minutes from Gilbert
Are there hotels / motels located near Gilbert, SC?
There are no hotels or motels located in Gilbert. We highly recommend staying less than 20 minutes away in Lexington.