Virginia Peach Festival, 1996 Photo: Arnold Photographics
Virginia Peach Festival
Peaches were already a cultivated crop in what
would become Patrick County when English settlers first arrived in
Virginia. Referring to the peach trees planted by Native American
Indians, the first European land survey at the site in 1748 called
the area "Peach Tree Bottom." From a shaky start in early 1930s,
the commercial peach orchards have grown to have a significant
impact on the economy of the county. In early 1988, the Patrick
County Chamber of Commerce devised the idea of a peach festival to
promote local agricultural products, offer fun and entertainment to
area citizens, and help the Chamber to become self-sustaining. The
first festival, held on August 10, 1988, attracted a crowd of 800
people, including Governor Charles Robb, who enjoyed peach cobbler
and peach ice cream. In recent years, the festival has featured
live entertainment, and attracted local artists and craftspeople,
who display and sell their work. Games, face-painting and pony
rides delight the youngsters. Documentation includes a history of
the peach festival and the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce,
photographs, newspaper clippings, and promotional materials.
Originally submitted by: Virgil Goode, Jr., Representative (5th District).
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