Weatherford Democrat

Aledo ExtrA

July 9, 2013

Parker County Peach Festival July 13

By BRIAN SMITH

An area tradition is all systems go this weekend.

The 29th Annual Parker County Peach Festival will hit the Weatherford downtown square Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 200 vendors, an expected crowd of 45,000 people on the square, and the annual Peach Pedal bicycle ride through the western half of the county will make for a busy day in the area.

Weatherford Chamber of Commerce President Tammy Gazzola said despite many local growers not having peaches because of freezing weather this spring, there will still be plenty of peaches to buy and enjoy in several tempting desserts.

“The peaches are a little harder to find,” Gazzola said. “We’ve invited several local growers to come. We will have lots of peachy treats, such as peach cobbler, peach ice cream and peach juleps for everyone to enjoy.”

With the expected crowds, the public is encouraged to use the free shuttles offered from Hall Middle School, Weatherford College and the WISD Ninth Grade Center. The First Monday Grounds off Santa Fe Drive will offer parking but no shuttles to the event.

All four quadrants of the square will be used with three stages for entertainment scattered throughout the area. The main stage in the First Baptist Church parking lot will have more country music acts, the children’s stage at the corner of Dallas Street and York Avenue will feature kids’ entertainment as well as some dance teams with the rock stage positioned in a parking lot at the corner of Spring and Waco Streets.

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.

Peach Pedal

Gazzola said registrations for the Peach Pedal ride have been very steady. More than 2,200 riders have attended the event in the past and, with cooler weather continuing in the extended forecast, hopes for a big ride are planned. The ride benefits two great causes: scholarships and other assistance for students through the Weatherford College Foundation, and the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.

The event will commence from Weatherford High School and have rides that range from 11 to 70 miles. Registration is $30 but increases to $35 the day of the event.

Packet pickups before the event are scheduled and encouraged. They are:

• Wednesday, July 10, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fort Worth Cycling and Fitness, 3315 W. Cherry Lane, Fort Worth

• Friday, July 12, noon to 4 p.m. Weatherford High School (in “The Outback”), 2121 Bethel Road.

Registration and packet pickup can also be done from 6 .m. to 8 a.m. the morning of at in the Outback to the east of the main school building.

After the ride, take a shower at the high school and enjoy some live bluegrass music in the Outback. There will be plenty of snacks and drinks, including free burritos from Rosa’s Café, to help you cool down after an awesome ride.

Mechanical assistance is planned at every rest stop, with sag vehicles patrolling between the stops. The course will be well-marked, especially looking out for the very few rough spots on our new and improved routes. Helmets are required for all riders, and area law enforcement will assist with traffic crossings. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult over the entire ride.

For information on the bike ride itself, including a course map, visit peachpedal.com. For information about the festival as a whole, including a map of the grounds, visit parkercountypeachfestival.org.

 

1
Text Only
Aledo ExtrA
  • Hitting the trail for MS

    STEPHENVILLE – The Cowboy Capital MS Trail Ride is a fun-filled event dedicated to raising funds that support national research into the cause and cure for Multiple Sclerosis as well as provide programs to more than 9,000 people in the Lone Star Chapter area whose lives are touched by MS.

    April 16, 2014

  • Parker County man killed in single-vehicle wreck

    A 60-year-old Parker County man was killed around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash in the 2100 block of FM Road 3325, also known as Farmer Road.

    April 15, 2014

  • hiebert_kim.jpg Aledo City Council Place 4 candidates for May 10 election

    Early voting for the May 10 general election begins April 28. Following is some information gathered from the candidates for the Place 4 Aledo City Council seat. Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall is running for re-election unopposed.

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Jean Bailey photo.jpg Aledo City Council Place 2 candidates

    Early voting for the May 10 general election begins April 28. Following is some information gathered from the candidates running for the Aledo City Council Place 2 seat. Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall is running for re-election unopposed.

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • USAF photo.jpg USAF heroes to Ride for Heroes

    The 12th annual Ride for Heroes bike ride this Saturday in Aledo will include some VIPs: members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • FM 5 intersection makeover

    City of Willow Park officials were recently told that a planned reconstruction of the intersection of Interstate 20 frontage roads and FM Road 5 now has funding from the state and is moving ahead.

    April 15, 2014

  • DSC_0074.JPG Bearcat Bootcamp holds successful fundraiser

    Bearcat Bootcamp, an Aledo fitness organization, held its first 1-mile Fun Run and Back the Bearcats 5K race April 5.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing held for Annetta Crime Control District

    The Crime Control and Prevention District proposed for the Town of Annetta — which voters have the chance to accept or reject in the May 10 election — moved forward last week with an April 7 public hearing.

    April 15, 2014

  • Candidate forums set for May 10 election

    The East Parker County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee will host a Candidates’ Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the cafeteria of Trinity Christian Academy, 4954 East Interstate 20 Service Rd S, Willow Park.

    April 15, 2014

  • Calendar of events

    April 19
    The East Parker County Genealogy and Historical Society invites all who are interested to join them for their monthly meeting and salad luncheon beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Willow Park Community Center, Ranch House Rd. and Stage Coach Trail. The program will be a computerized photography collage of Parker County photos by Lorena Friddle, president of the Parker County Women’s and Newcomer’s Society, and a 1930s video of the El Chico Ranch in Willow Park donated by early resident Bob Rothel. The video was made when his father was the ranch foreman. If time allows there will be a showing of an 1920s movie of Aledo donated by the King family.

    April 15, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge