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Contact: Tammy Gazzola, 817-596-3801
Weatherford Chamber of Commerce
Texas is known for its crazy and unpredictable weather, and this week’s overnight freeze was no exception!  But one thing that is predictable is the Parker County Peach Festival on the second Saturday in July, and the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce is quick to point out that even if there is a smaller peach crop this year, the Peach Festival will go on as planned.  
“We’ve had some inquiries about how a smaller peach crop might change our plans, and the answer to that is easy—our plans won’t change at all,” said Tammy Gazzola, president of the Chamber. “We don’t yet know how the dip below the freezing point has affected our famous peaches, if at all.  But regardless, we expect one of the biggest and best festivals ever on July 13th.”
Throughout the history of this beloved event the weather has thrown all kinds of curveballs.  Event Coordinator, Taylor Hall, stated “We have had hailstones the size of golf balls, record droughts and heat waves, floods and the occasional late spring freeze that have threatened the Peach crops in recent years.  But it is important that folks know whether farmers have trucks full of overflowing bushels or only a few survivors to offer, the Peach Festival offers much more than just our favorite fuzzy fruit.”  
Since its inception in 1984, the Peach Festival has grown into one of the largest one-day Festivals in Texas. It is truly an arts-and-crafts event that boasts more than 200 vendors and also celebrates the juicy, delicious PC peach!  The fresh peaches sold at the main entrance gates are certainly a yummy highlight, but the event was built and grown on the hometown feel of Weatherford, and that charm and allure remains.  More than 45,000 folks attended last year’s Festival, and the Chamber is positive that many of them cannot wait to get back to the beauty and charm that is our Downtown Square.  
Many of the vendors selling their famous peach cobblers, ice creams and other tasty treats have freezers full of past years’ bumper crops, just waiting to be called on for their time to shine. The Chamber is positive that no one will be able to leave the Peach Festival with an empty stomach! 
Paul Paschall, Chairman of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said confidently “Rest assured, the show WILL go on, and the Parker County Peach Festival will continue to be one of the largest and BEST shows in Texas!”   
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