Coastal Carolina players Mike Morrison and Connor Owings are returning to their home town of Gilbert to take part in the parade and sign autographs afterward at the event’s welcome center, festival spokeswoman Robin McCartha said Friday.Read More
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Volunteers in Gilbert prepare for the 57th Annual Lexington County Peach Festival on Friday, July 3, 2015. The festival is held every year on July 4 in Gilbert. Here, Rachel Bass, 14, Courtney Price, 13, and Darci Craps, 13, unbox fresh peaches before washing them in the sink to prepare them for peeling. The volunteers are all students at Gilbert Middle School.Read More
What started in 1959 as a Fourth of July community political “stump meeting” hosted by the Gilbert Community Club is now known as one of the largest festivals in South Carolina, bringing an estimated 35,000 people to the Lexington County town of Gilbert each year.
“It was started by a group of ladies who had the idea to have politicians come and meet with community members,” said Robin McCartha, publicity co-chair of the Peach Festival. “They quickly realized they could turn it into a community fundraiser by selling some drinks and cakes, and because we have a lot of peaches in Lexington County, they decided to make the desserts with peaches as a way to kind of honor the peach. I doubt they had any idea it would go on or grow as it has.”Read More