Peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach sundaes, peach slush, peach tea, peach almond delights (what are they?!), and fresh peaches — that’s right, this isn’t one of those festivals where the local crop plays a strictly symbolic role. No, there WILL be peaches at the 57th annual Lexington County Peach Festival, and plenty of them! To go along with all those fresh peachy delights there will be plate lunches of barbecued pork and chicken.
Until the ’70s, the area around Gilbert, SC was dense with peach farming and packing activities. Most, but not all, of the industry has moved elsewhere but the festival remains as a sweet reminder of the town’s heritage. As always, the day begins with a parade and concludes with fireworks. In between, you’ll enjoy live entertainment, a peach recipe contest, an antique car show, a Revolutionary War re-enactment, a tractor show, children’s rides, and arts and crafts exhibits. There’s also an art contest and the traditional Peach Pageants, both held before the 4th. For all the details, see the festival website.