Candor Peach Festival Makes Improvements!
21st Annual Peach Festival Adds Celebrity Grand Marshal and More!!!
Less than a month away from one of the more popular festivals in the area the Town of Candor looks to grow the 21st Annual Peach Festival even more this year as they named the 2017 Grand Marshal, the first ever Celebrity Grand Marshal, the 2017 Peach Queen and announced new opportunities for local businesses to be involved in the festival July 14th and 15th.
Despite a population of less than 1,000 residents in Candor the Peach Festival draws nearly 20,000 people annually to the town located along the I-73/74 corridor in Montgomery County. The event expanded to two days seven years ago with the addition of the Friday night Peachy Feet 5K running race and music, to go along with Saturday events that include a parade, vendors, games, rides, petting zoo, more music, food contests and of course, peaches.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon Town officials formally announced Ken Chappell as Grand Marshal, Melissa Painter as their first ever Celebrity Grand Marshal, and Miss Cassie Jackson as the 2017 Peach Queen as selected earlier by the Peach Growers Society.
Chappell is a lifelong resident and farmer in Candor. In fact, he is a second-generation farmer following in his father’s footsteps running Ken Chappell Peaches and Apples with his wife Rhonda. Their farm, located off NC Hwy. 211 east of Candor, and their stand, located at the intersection of 211 and Samarcand Rd., are staples in the area attracting tourists from all over.
Painter is a veteran Fox 8 WGHP morning news anchor that will ride in the parade, and introduce the Peach Festival Queen along with performing other duties. Festival Organizer Tammy Kellis said, “We are so pleased that Mrs. Painter is giving her time to help further enhance the draw of the Peach Festival in Candor and could not be happier to have such a well-known, down to Earth person for our first Celebrity Grand Marshal.”
Miss Cassie Jackson will serve as the 2017 Peach Queen. Jackson is a recent graduate of East Montgomery High School slated to attend Appalachian State University this fall. Jackson has roots in peach farming that date back to her great-grandfather.
Another new addition to the festival came when Candor partnered with Market MontGOmery Chamber & Tourism in offering new options to help both festival attendees and members of the Chamber. Member businesses will be allowed to set up Friday night around the music and running race to promote their business and can include coupons, giveaways, etc. in the race packets at no charge. Additionally, the Montgomery County Tourism Development Authority will set up at the event Saturday allowing Chamber members to give away items at their booth.
“Market MontGOmery has worked diligently the past year promoting Montgomery County to residents and tourists and their ideas to increase our exposure have been wonderful so we were pleased to see what we could do for them,” said Kellis.
Market MontGOmery Chamber & Tourism Director Mark Scott said, “Montgomery County has great people, businesses, festivals, lakes, forests and outdoor recreational opportunities, so we are glad to show them off anytime we can. We are grateful to the Peach Festival and the Town of Candor for allowing local businesses to partner with them for the benefit of all involved.”
The Peach Festival begins Friday evening, July 14th at 6pm with music and sign-ups for the Peachy Feet 5k and continues Saturday morning July 15th with the Peach Festival Parade beginning at 10am.
After the parade Saturday, festivities will include 2 music stages with bands playing all day, camel rides, helicopter rides, a petting zoo, children’s games, bungee trampoline, cooking contests, thousands of peaches and peach related products and more!
For information about the Festival visit https://www.ncpeachfestival.com/ or contact the Town of Candor at (910) 974-4221.