The Georgia Peach Festival is an event that is held in two different cities in Georgia over two weekends. This is the 24th year for the festival, and it is known to attract over 9,000 people annually. This year, there will be over 50 different vendors and several planned activities for festivalgoers who plan to enjoy the festivities. The Georgia Peach Festival has roots in the Peach Blossom Festival of the 1920s, and its fun activities are a way to recognize and honor peach growers.
There will be a Miss Georgia Peach Pageant during the spring in Fort Valley, and at the Georgia Peach Festival in June, the Peach Queen will be crowned and be responsible for performing specific duties during the event. There will be a parade that will include local marching bands, peach-themed floats and more. There will be a giant inflatable waterslide, live music and fireworks shows to enjoy as well.
In addition to these activities, there will be a science machine that is designed for kids to enjoy. The tickets are only $5 to take part in the event, which will give your child fun science to learn during the festival. The demonstration lasts about 45 minutes. There will also be a movie on the square for the first Saturday of the festival, and on the second weekend, there are helicopter rides for everyone to enjoy. However, these rides do cost $25 for each individual.
Vendors at the Georgia Peach Festival will offer food, arts and crafts and other amusements. Nothing is set in stone as of yet when it comes to the food vendors for 2020, but you can be assured that there will be lots of delicious treats that have peaches in them for you to enjoy.
If you're looking forward to eating peach cobbler, you'll be happy to know that a team of volunteer bakers will be baking the "world’s largest peach cobbler." It will be 5 feet by 11 feet in diameter and filled with 75 gallons of peaches. The cobbler takes four hours to bake, so volunteers must be ready to start baking at 4:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of the festival.
The opening weekend of the festival is going to be held at 201 Oakland Heights Parkway in Fort Valley. During the second weekend, festivities will take place at North Peach Park on West White Road in Byron.
Since this is an expansive area of Georgia that has a lot of fun things to see and do, exploring the region in an RV could be ideal. There are no options to camp right on the festival grounds, but there are plenty of RV parks and campgrounds nearby that you can check in to for the event. If you bring a vehicle other than your camper or RV, you will be able to easily travel to the festival at either location to enjoy the festivities. Since there is no public transit in the area, ride-sharing or taxis are other ways to get to and from the festival.
If you would be interested in an RV rental for this event, RVshare has a lot of great options in the area that will give you all of the amenities that you and your family need for this vacation and more. If you do rent an RV, some of the locations that you can consider staying at are along Interstate 75, so they are not that difficult to reach from the festival. A few that are easy to reach include:
• Interstate RV Campground
• Ponderosa Campgrounds
• Fair Harbor RV Park and Campground
Since both of the locations of this festival are relatively close to I-75, there are plenty of places to stay nearby. Make sure to consider some of the campgrounds and RV parks that were listed above because they will be a convenient option.
Hotels can also be a place to stay while you are in the area. This can be an ideal option to consider if you do not have an RV that will sleep everyone comfortably. Off I-75, you can find quite a few hotels, including a Quality Inn, Days Inn, Best Western Inn and more for less than $100 a night.
If you are coming from Atlanta or other points north, you will need to travel along I-75 southbound. From Florida or points south of Fort Valley, you will need to take I-75 northbound. From this highway, you will need to take Exit 142 to reach GA-96. Once you are on the exit, take a left onto the highway. Keep driving on E Church Street and continue until you reach W Church Street. Once you arrive on this street, the Georgia Peach Festival will be a little more than 500 feet on your left.
The Byron location is even closer to I-75, so all you need to do is reach the highway and get off at Exit 149 to reach GA-49. Then, turn right onto GA-49 following signs for Byron/Fort Valley. In about a mile, you will need to turn left onto West White Road, and North Peach Park will be on your left.
When parking a large RV, parking spaces in the festival may be fairly limited based on the space that is available. At both locations, there will be plenty of parking for regular-sized vehicles, so if you can drive a car or a truck to the Georgia Peach Festival location, you will not have an issue finding a parking space.
Depending on how close to the festival you are attempting to park, you may be charged a small fee. If you don’t mind walking a bit to get into the festivities, however, there is no charge to park a standard-size vehicle.
The Georgia Peach Festival is free to attend. There are a few shows and activities that will charge a small fee to take part in, but these can be paid for at the festival. If you know that you are going and would like to avoid the lines, the Georgia Peach Festival will have additional ways to purchase tickets to these events as the festival dates get closer.
One of the best ways to make memories with your family is to enjoy a full-weekend festival. Regardless of whether it is close to your home or far away, traveling to this festival in an RV will help you make a lifetime of memories. Sharing your snapshots is a great way to tell others about all the fun you had. If you would like to share how much fun you had during the Georgia Peach Festival, send the photos to [email protected] Any photo that you share could be posted on the RVshare website and social media channels!
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