Peach Days: The tradition continues

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HURRICANE – Get ready for some old fashioned fun at this year’s 13th annual Peach Days held at the Hurricane City Community Center, 100 S. 100 W.

The Peach Days was referred to as the Washington County Fair years ago, but in 1999 a committee was formed to create the “new” Peach Days similar to what we celebrate today.  Many of the original board members remain on the committees that make the Peach Days possible each year.

This year’s Peach Days theme is “A Celebration of Our Heritage” and festivities begin Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. when the exhibits open, and will end Sept. 3, at 10 p.m., preceded by a short fireworks display.

“[Peach Days] is pretty much the same every year, but this year the city redid the park with the splash pad and [other amenities] so the displays will be in a more convenient place for people to see,” said Executive Board Member Jarolyn Stout.

Another new feature at this year’s celebration is the movie in the park on Friday night, which is a bring-your-own-blanket event that is free to the public.

Peach Days attracts approximately 6,000 people each year for a variety of reasons.  Many attendants are in the area for a class or family reunion and others come specifically for the festivities that are traditionally held on Labor Day weekend.

Kevin Farnsworth, 10-year resident of Hurricane, anticipates the Peach Days celebration each year. Farnsworth’s family not only attends the festivities, but his children enjoy entering photography and artwork for the exhibit display. However, the exhibits are not his family’s favorite portion of the festivities.

“My favorite part is the parade,” Farnsworth said. “It is probably the best parade Hurricane has all year, and we always have to get our Navajo Taco each year – that is my second favorite thing.”

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