“Welcome to Peach Days 2019
We are excited to welcome you to our 21st year of “Peach Days: A Celebration of our Heritage.” We will have all of the traditional events and venues, and look forward to a few additions that will make your weekend more enjoyable. As always, there will be something for everyone! You can come and spend a few dollars, or enjoy a wonderful time without spending a dime! You can even get a free bite to eat at Pioneer Corner with the Dutch oven and candy samples!
Peach Days officially opens Thursday August 29 at 5 pm. All the displays, continuous entertainment, games, and food, commercial and homemade vendor booths will begin then. This year a third entertainment stage will be set up on the lawn by the Pickle Ball courts. Also, watch for the eating contests and Bingo in the Fine Arts parking lot, where we have expanded the food and commercial booths, to better accommodate the growing number of people who attend.
Friday August 30 Peach Days goes from 10 am to 10 pm. The same displays and activities will continue, with a Symphony Concert, Foam Dance, Rodeo, or Movie in the Park (new location: the east lawn by the splash pad) to top off the evening. This year, for the first time since 1950, the rodeo has brought back the Peach Days Rodeo Queen. (In 1951 Peach Days was changed to the Washington County Fair – so the Peach Days Rodeo Queen title was dissolved.) Watch for our Rodeo Royalty in the parade and at the Grand Entry at the rodeo.
Saturday August 31 begins with a Fun Run at 6:15, Hurricane Canal Treks at 6:25 and 6:55, and the parade at 9 am. After the parade the displays, activities and entertainment will resume, as well as the Home Depot Kids activity, and Pioneer Corner that is Saturday only. Pioneer Corner runs all day, closing around 4 pm, with many displays and demonstrations that help us remember our heritage. Also this evening will be the Peach Cookoff at 5 pm, a special Dutton Family Concert at 7 pm in the Fine Arts Building, or the Foam Dance at 8 pm. The night concludes with fireworks at 9:30 pm, and closes down another year of fun at 10 pm.
New this year will be a one-way road! Due to traffic issues, the committee is working with the city to help the traffic flow. Watch for traffic signs for a one-way road on 100 South which will provide greater safety and open up more parking spaces. More shuttles will also be available from the parking at the nearby church and school.
Peach Days is a long-honored Hurricane tradition. It was revived in 1999 after Hurricane Valley residents got together to re-establish the hometown event that originally began as the “Fruit Festival” in 1909, changed to “Elberta Days” in 1911, and finally to “Peach Days” in 1915. The county asked Hurricane to make it the “Washington County Fair” in 1951, because of its great success. When the fair moved to the “new” fairgrounds at Purgatory Flat in the mid 90’s, Hurricane residents missed their “hometown celebration” and revived it in 1999.
We are excited for another year of “small town” fun. Whether you are new to the area, or an old-timer, it is a great time to make new friends or enjoy some nostalgia with old ones. Come join us as we make memories together and celebrate the heritage of this great valley. Hope to see you there!”