A mud bog, concerts and a Circus Stella Dog Show highlight activities in the South Carolina Peach Festival calendar of events released Friday.
The festivities kick off with the annual New Talent Night on Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. at Limestone University’s Fullerton Auditorium. This will be followed by a launch party on Friday, July 15 from 5-10:30 p.m. at Jolly Park near the Gaffney County Administration Building.
The launch party will feature music, a carnival and food vendors.
Too Much SyLvia, a party band from Charlotte, will open the kick-off concert from 6:15-8:15 p.m. There will be a Car Cruise-In Show from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the County Administration parking lot. plot.
North Tower Band will headline the launch concert and have been playing Top 40, beach, funk and oldies for over 40 years.
The festival will hold the majority of this year’s events on Saturday July 16.
An arts and crafts show opens at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church and Jolly Park.
The annual parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Gaffney town center and will be followed by a Circus Stella dog show at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Limestone University.
Local cooks are invited to create their tastiest peach desserts in a competition that serves as the sweet base of the festival.
This year’s dessert competition will be held July 16 at noon in the County Administration Building.
The festival has announced the area music numbers that will perform on July 16 at the Jolly Park Community Stage. This year’s lineup is Chris Garlock and Jenu Six (11am-12pm), Rutherford County Line (12pm-1pm), The Alton Douglas Band (1:30pm-2:30pm) and Wally Pride (2:30am-3:30pm)
Country music singer-songwriter Lecretia Ann opens an evening concert at 5 p.m. at Jolly Park followed by the Craig Henry Band at 6:15 p.m.
Dirty Grass Soul will perform from 7:30-9 p.m. The popular act has been entertaining Carolina audiences since 2011 with music that combines elements of country, bluegrass and southern rock with fiddle and banjo playing.
Country music singer Jon Langston will perform at 9:30 p.m. in the City Amphitheater in Jolly Park near the County Administration Building.
Langston was the first act signed by country music star Luke Bryan in 2018 when he launched his own label 32 Bridge Entertainment under Universal Music Group in Nashville. Her debut single “When It Comes to Loving You” reached No. 1 on the I-Tunes All Genre Chart and her single “Now You Know” reached Top 30 on the radio charts.
While there are no specific tickets for Langston’s show, festival officials said there will be a $10 entrance fee to Jolly Park on Friday July 15 and Saturday July 16. Festival-goers will receive a bracelet that will allow entry into the park for each day.
A Praise and Worship Community Service is scheduled for Sunday, July 17 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church.
The Peach Festival will end with a mud spray with a Mud Bog on July 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. at Whelchel Lake.