Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Parker County Peach Festival in Weatherford Texas

On the second Saturday of this upcoming July, July 12, 2014, to be precise, the 30th annual Parker County Peach Festival will be taking place in Weatherford, Texas.

This is a one day event which opens at 8:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm.

The Parker County Peach Festival is a HUGE, very well done event. A few years ago, after heading to Weatherford on a Sunday, thinking the Peach Festival ran all weekend long, we inquired as to why so much effort was expended on a one day event to learn the supposed reason.

The Peach Festival takes place in the area surrounding the Parker County Courthouse. Two state highways, as in 180 and  80, also traverse the area surrounding the Parker County Courthouse. The Texas Department of Transportation, also known as TxDOT, will allow the Texas state highways to be closed one day only. And for that closure to last only nine hours.

Which leads us to wonder, really, what would be the harm in closing these highways both Saturday and Sunday, and allowing the festival to stay open later than 5 pm?

A blurb about the festival from the official Parker County Peach Festival website...

Take a trip back to yesteryear at the Parker County Peach Festival, held in Historic Downtown Weatherford, Saturday, July 12th, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 2014 marks the 30th annual Peach Festival which always takes place on the second Saturday in July. Admission is only $5 for adults and FREE for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance for a discounted price of $4 at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce office at 401 Fort Worth Highway, Weatherford, Texas 76086.

Below is the first paragraph description of the Parker County Peach Festival on our Eyes on Texas website...

In Texas any excuse for a festival is a good excuse. Parker County has a few peach orchards. These orchards produce peaches sold only in Texas, mostly north Texas, mostly in Parker County. The peaches do provide a good reason to have a fun festival in Weatherford, the county seat of Parker County. The Peach Festival takes place in the blocks surrounding the downtown Weatherford Parker County Courthouse.

Wikipedia has an article about the Parker County Peach Festival. In the Wikipedia article we learn what  peach-based foods we might find there and when we need to get to the festival to enjoy them...

In addition to fresh, ripe peaches, attendees can enjoy peach-based foods such as: Peach cobbler, Peach ice cream, Peach juleps, Peach smoothies and Peach pie. The peach-themed offerings run out within the first few hours of the event.

If you need help finding the Parker County Peach Festival our Eyes on Texas Map might help.

We have not yet made plans to attend the 2014 Parker County Peach Festival. There are shuttles to take festival-goers from the parking lots to the festival. But, there is no mass transit system of the bus or rail type to take festival-goers from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, west to Weatherford....

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