The folks of Trenton are gearing up for the Ridge Peach Festival this weekend in Trenton Town Park. The annual event draws between 10,000 and 15,000 people and was created 44 years ago to celebrate the harvesting of peaches, the fruit that made the Ridge famous.
Over the years, the festival has become a reunion spot for friends near and far and a fun place for first-timers as well, said Mike Lipscomb, this year’s chairperson.
“People come and sit under the large shade trees and listen to the various entertainment groups and catch up on the news or visit the large array of arts and crafts booths or hands-on demonstrations,” he said. “Kids have fun with the rides and games. Everyone has a good time.”
The event kicks off Friday, June 20, before the all-day festival Saturday, said Lipscomb, with WJBF Channel 6’s Your Hometown Tour broadcasting live from the park at 5 p.m. A gospel singing will follow at 7 p.m. with the High Cotton Singers, Praise in the Park, Ebenezer Baptist Church Singers, The Hillary Singers, Randy Bradley and Matt and Stacy, a duo from Edgefield First Baptist Church.
Saturday, the park opens at 9 a.m. with a parade at 10:30. The Fort Gordon Army Signal Corps Band will lead off a parade with everything from antique tractors and cars to beauty queens and dignitaries.
Entertainment will continue all day featuring national champion shag and swing dancers; beach music with Rhonda McDaniel of McCormick; country singer Cody Webb of Ridge Spring; clogging; oldies and classics from Yesterday’s Sounds; bluegrass from One Step Ahead; new country from Ace of Clubs; and Atomic Road featuring classic rock.
A children’s area will have rides, inflatables and games. About 100 arts-and-crafters will be selling just about everything, Lipscomb said. The usual array of festival foods will include turkey legs, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, funnel cakes, peach ice cream and favorite Trenton peach desserts. Homemade peach preserves, jams and jellies will be available at the Country Store.
Lipscomb said, “The ground is level so it is wheelchair accessible. Fresh Titan Farms peaches will be on sale. No pets are allowed in the park.
“It is family-friendly, small-town Mayberry-type fun,” said Lipscomb. “We welcome everyone to come out and enjoy the down-home Southern charm that makes the town of Trenton what it is.”
For more information, contact Lipscomb at (803) 275-9487 or (803) 480-5660.