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2019 Stonewall Peach JAMboree is extra sweet

The 58th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree is June 21-22 and features peach-related contests, a rodeo, and live music by Kevin Fowler and Ronnie Milsap. File photo

The 58th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree transforms the tiny community between Fredericksburg and Johnson City into the Highland Lakes’s go-to place for fun June 21-22.

The popular summer event includes rodeos, concerts, a parade, and plenty of peaches. Satisfy your “peach-tooth” with a variety of fresh peaches, peach cobbler, and peach ice cream on the festival grounds.

This year’s peach crop is especially abundant due to the rainy spring, which should make for an extra peachy festival, said Deleyce Burg, a member of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

“Some of the late freezes we were a little scared of, but the crops have just been amazing this year,” Burg said.

Everything begins Friday evening in Stonewall when gates open at 6 PM and button bustin’ registration begins. The introduction of Peach Queen contestants is at 7:30 PM followed by the CPRA Rodeo by DVS Productions at 8 PM.

After the rodeo at 10 PM, country artist Kevin Fowler performs. Tickets for Friday’s rodeo and concert are $15 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 2-12, and $10 for military members and ages 65 and older.

Saturday’s events get started early, and things don’t slow down until late that night. Those entering items the baking, preserves, and salsa contests can check in from 8:30-10 AM in the chamber building — where all the festivities occur — at 250 Peach St.

The parade begins at 10 AM and marches from Stonewall Elementary School, east on Peach Street, looping north on St. Francis Street, west on Ranch Road 1, south on Loring Street, and back to the elementary school.

Baking, preserve, and salsa contest judging begins at 10:45 AM. At 11 AM, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 400 St. Francis St., begins selling barbecue, beans, and potato salad.

The afternoon includes live music, a 42 domino tournament, a washer pitching tournament, the peach-eating and pit-spitting contests, the queen contestants’ interviews, and the peach show and baking contest auction.

When gates re-open Saturday evening at 6 PM, mutton bustin’ begins with the first heat at 6:45 PM followed by recognition of the scholarship recipients at 7:15 PM, then the Peach Queen and Court Coronation at 7:30 PM.

The second day of the rodeo starts at 8 PM. Saturday’s concert features Ronnie Milsap.

Admission to all the daytime activities are free. At 6 PM and after, admission is $20 for ages 13 and older, $15 for military members and ages 65 and older, and $5 for ages 2-12. Weekend passes are available at $30 per person and $25 for military members and ages 65 and older. You can buy tickets online before the event.

jared@thepicayune.com

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