Things to do in Middle Georgia: The Georgia Peach Festival (2017)

Hosted in Byron and Fort Valley starting Saturday, June 3rd and running through Sunday, June 11th, the Georgia Peach Festival (31st edition) is once again gearing up to show why Georgia is known as the Peach State!

The Georgia Peach Festival is home to the “World’s Largest Peach Cobbler” made with 75 gallons of Georgia peaches, 150 pounds of self-rising flour, 150 pounds of sugar, 32 gallons of milk, and 90 pounds of butter. The colossal cobbler is 11 by 5 feet and 8 inches deep courtesy of peaches by Lane Southern Orchards and cobbler ingredients purchased by local sponsors. The giant cobbler is made in a brick oven constructed specifically for the festival in the parking lot of the Peach County Courthouse.

The Georgia Peach Festival
The festival truly does cater to everyone, evident by the vast array of events scheduled.  A few include:

  • 5K Road Race
  • Downtown/Farmers Markets
  • Fireworks
  • Historical Society Luncheon
  • Kids Activities
  • Live Entertainment
  • Miss Georgia Peach Announcement
  • Parade
  • Peach Eating Contest
  • Poker Run
  • Worlds Largest Peach Cobbler

Georgia Peach Festival Details

Byron Details:

When: Saturday, June 3rd

Time: 7pm – 11pm

Location: North Peach Park, White Road, Byron GA


Fort Valley Details:

When: Saturday, June 10th

Time: 7pm – 11pm

Location: 201 Oakland Heights Parkway, Fort Valley GA

Contact: The Troutman House, (478) 825-4002


Georgia Peach Festival Events

Georgia Peach Festival Parade:

The Georgia Peach Festival Parade will assemble in the parking lot of The Boys & Girls Club at 9:30am and begin at 10am. The parade will feature marching units, floats, trucks, cars, and bands. There will also be an appearance by Miss America Betty Cantrell.

When: Saturday, June 3rd

Time: 10am

Parade Route: The Boys & Girls Club parking lot at 500 Riley Avenue, proceed west on Riley, south on Koxville to Everett Square, east on College Street, north on Miller Street and west back to Riley Avenue

Contact: Michelle, parade@gapeachfestival.com, (478) 308-0577


Miss Georgia Peach Pageant:

The non-profit, Miss Georgia Peach Pageant is a contest staged each year in Fort Valley during the Georgia Peach Festival. The 2017 pageant was held on March 18th at Fort Valley State University with only 15 contestants per age group ranging from 4 to 24 years. The pageant contestants compete for the titles Miss Georgia Peach, Teen Miss Peach, Junior Miss Peach, Little Miss Peach, and Tiny Miss Peach. The pageant queens serve as festival ambassadors attending all of the Georgia Peach Festival events in the Peach Festival Parade.

Contact: Miss Georgia Peach Pageant, missgapeachpageant@email.com, (478) 923-3846 or (478) 954-6819


Byron Concert – EG Kight & The Blue South Band:

The Byron Concert will feature, EG Kight & The Blue South Band with Ken Wynn on guitar, Mike Harrell on keyboards, EG Kight on guitar and vocals, Johnny Fountain on bass, and Gary “Spoog” Porter on drums. EG Kight’s sound is a mix of blues, country, americana, sourthern rock, jazz, and gospel. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn and beach chairs for a night of entertainment. There will be a 3D-fireworks show display during the Byron concert.

When: Saturday, June 3rd

Time:

  • 7pm – Pre-Concert Music Begins
  • 8pm – EG Kight & the Blue South Band

Admission: Free

Location: North Peach Park, White Road, Byron GA


Fort Valley Concert – The Good Vibrations

The Fort Valley Concert will feature, The Good Vibrations with Eddie Byrd on keyboards and vocals, Jim Blanton on drums, Ben Caldwell on guitar and vocals, and John Laughter on saxophone, keyboards and vocals. The Good Vibrations play a variety of music including beach music, rock & roll, soul, oldies, disco and mo-town. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn and beach chairs for a night of entertainment. The finale of the 3D-fireworks show will be held during the Fort Valley concert.

When: Saturday, June 10th

Time:

  • 7pm – Pre-Concert Music Begins
  • 8pm – The Good Vibrations

Admission: Free

Location: “Peach Beach”, Peach County Courthouse, Fort Valley GA


Georgia Peach Festival History

The Georgia Peach Festival began in 1986 to honor peach growers for their contribution to our state’s economy. Georgia ranks third in the nation for peach production with over half of the peach harvest cultivated in Peach County alone. The Georgia Peach Festival is split between Byron and Fort Valley every June and is the only state-sanctioned food festival.


The Georgia Peach Festival (2017)

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