The first Georgia Peach festival was staged in Fort Valley in 1986. Officially incorporated in 1988 as the 乔治亚桃节, Inc., the festival was once directed by the 商会. Today a volunteer board plans, organizes and executes the complex job of putting on the festival.
The idea of a Peach Festival was conceived by Harold 总 to promote 桃县 and the peach industry that has contributed so much to the livelihood of the state of Georgia. Georgia ranks second in the nation in the annual production of peaches, 超过15个,000 acres of peach trees yielding more than 1.7 million bushels of peaches annually. More than half of that harvest is cultivated in 桃县 alone.
The purpose of the Peach Festival is to honor peach growers for their contribution to our state's economy and to the food industry nationwide. The Peach Festival holds the honor of being the only state–sanctioned food festival.
The 乔治亚桃节 is partially funded by government partners such as the 桃县 委员会, Fort Valley Utility Commission, the City 政府s of Byron and Fort Valley, the Byron Convention and Visitors Bureau and the 桃县 tourism committee. In addition, funds are donated by local and regional businesses.
Certain annual events staged prior or during the Peach Festival, produce revenue. These events include arts and crafts vendor fees, 5k race fees, golf tournament fees and local celebrity dinner fees. The sale of tee-shirts and festival-franchised merchandise also adds to the festival's income.
The Peach Festival Board of Directors is committed to promoting 桃县, to enhancing the civic pride of the county’s residents and sharing the quality of life here with visitors. For four months prior to the start of the Peach Festival, the event is highly publicized with printed brochures distributed to Welcome Centers on I-75 and surrounding Chambers of Commerce and businesses.
The festival also uses radio and television ads, 广告牌, local newspapers and promotes the festival online at www.gapeachfestival.com. Festival promoters also distribute program books to all visitors during the festival.
The 乔治亚桃节 attracts between 7,000和10,000 visitors during festival week, including church and senior center groups and charter bus tours.
The festival committee's goal is to make the Peach Festival bigger and better than ever, attracting even larger crowds to the area through enhanced activities and more vendors.
Activities begin in Byron the first weekend and move to Fort Valley the second weekend with activities in both cities throughout the week. The Peach Festival board of directors will host the 2012 festival for a full week beginning June 1 in Byron and ending in Fort Valley with activities June 9.
For more information on the 乔治亚桃节 call 478-825-4002.