Annual Peach Festival returns to Lexington County

GILBERT, SC (WIS) – The Lexington County Peach Festival returned to Gilbert over Independence Day weekend after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

While Gilbert was once the fishing capital of South Carolina, six decades of urban development have driven commercial orchards out of Lexington County.

In 2022, the Lexington County Peach Festival outsourced fresh peaches from McLeod Farms to McBee’s to celebrate a past gone, but not forgotten.

The Peach Festival also hosted a car show hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 60 which ended at 2:30 p.m.

“We’ve been doing car shows since I went to Gilbert High School in 1998… We’ve been coming to the fishing festival, which has been going on for 20 years now,” said Tommy Wafford, owner of a 1957 Ford Ranch Wagon. .

Wafford’s ’57 Wagon was joined by his mother’s ’56 Ford Thunderbird and his father’s ’51 Chevrolet truck. For the Waffords, this peach festival was a step into pre-pandemic life.

“It’s great to be back to normal. To be back to feeling like you have space to do things with your friends and family…to have some sense of normalcy back is amazing,” said concluded Wafford.

The Lexington County Peach Festival will host a fireworks display at 10 p.m. tonight.

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