Originally created 06/20/03

Trenton's festival has more than peaches



If it can be made from peaches, you'll probably find it Saturday at the Ridge Peach Festival in Trenton, S.C.

"Peach jam, pickled peaches, preserves, cobblers, ice cream - all for sale," said Wayne Carpenter, the chairman of the annual event. "It's all homemade right here (in Edgefield County); it's all good."

The festival begins with a softball tournament tonight.

Saturday entertainment includes cloggers and country and rock performers. The music gets started with the Robert Rogers Band at 9 a.m. About 70 arts and crafts vendors will have items for sale, and there will be rides, contests and games.

The festival will wind down about 7 p.m. to set up for a street dance. The band Brass Tyme will play at 8:30 p.m., and the dance will end at 1 a.m.

The festival is free. Admission to the dance is $7.

Mr. Carpenter estimates 8,000 to 10,000 people will attend the event, which has been held in Trenton for 33 years.

"Folks in Trenton and all over the county come," he said. "We have a good time doing it."

Festival grounds are near the intersection of South Carolina Highway 121 and U.S. Highway 25. Mr. Carpenter said there are plenty of signs to point people in the right direction from the intersection.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at (803) 441-6927 or czbrackett@hotmail.com.