HURRICANE — The 16th annual Peach Days is in full swing with hundreds, if not thousands, of people creating memories at this favorite of Hurricane events. Delicious peach treats draw the community back year after year, and this year, people are finding even more fine art, commercial items, homemade goodies, garden produce and baked and bottled goods than in years past.
Peach days officially opened at 10 a.m. Friday, with an opening program taking place at 6:30 p.m. that evening.
The banner theme for the festival is “A Celebration of our Heritage,” and that celebration has filled two days packed with activities in addition to the usual fare of exhibits, vendors and entertainment.
Saturday morning started with a 12K “Fun Run” and morning parade, among other things, drawing out the crowds early.
Hurricane Mayor John Bramall was one of the leaders of Saturday’s parade, entertaining the crowds as he did “doughnuts” on his tractor.
Royalty from the surrounding communities, including the Washington County royalty, were adorned in their best as they rode on floats representing their respective communities.
Hurricane City Police and Hurricane Valley Fire District were also out, and Hurricane Police Chief Lynn Excell took the time to clear the parade route with his vehicle at the end of the parade, waving and greeting the people as he did so.
Business owners, amateur chefs and artists alike sold items and services within booths set up in the Hurricane Community Center park and in the street. Products ranged from financial consulting services, quilts, homemade handbags, accessories and jewelry to family recipes and home décor.
Live music played from the stage as families put together wood craft kits provided by Home Depot.
Bounce houses, a rock wall and even a zip line were huge draws for kids and adults alike.
Smells of freshly cooked peach cobbler, corn dogs, and a variety of other savory treats filled the air.
More than 2,000 people were expected to attend Peach Days this year. The event has grown in popularity, even drawing attendees from neighboring states.
“I heard about this event from a friend last year,” Sarah O’Kelly, of Las Vegas, said. “She bragged up and down about the peach cobbler, and I love peaches so I had to check it out. It has been a blast for my kids, as well.”
This year’s events continue until late Saturday night, concluding with a fireworks show at approximately 9:30 p.m.
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