Peaches, Peaches and More Peaches at Festival

Peach coffee cake?  Check.  Peach pizza?  You bet.  Peach cobbler?
It wouldn't be the peach festival with out it.  This weekend, a plethora of peachy treats will be available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
"We are excited to invite people to come out and enjoy another great year at the 14th annual Marysville Peach Festival," said Shannon Greathouse-Jacobsen, 43, Marysville's events coordinator.
New this year is a water balloon relay, a karaoke contest and a second performance stage where musicians will be performing on Saturday.  Both a hula-hoop and peach pie-eating contest are being brought back for 2013.

The mechanical bull is back again and so is the Tasty Treat Challenge — a contest in its second year that determines the tastiest pies, pastries and preserves around.  The free, two-day event kicks off Friday on D Street in Marysville between First and Seventh streets.  Vendors, including Sodaro Orchards and Bock’s Fruit, were busy Wednesday preparing for the tens of thousands of people expected to turn out to the annual event.  The Bock family moved around the St. John’s Episcopal Church kitchen quickly while making peach ice cream and peach cheesecake.  Last year, the first time they made and sold ice cream, the 35 quarts sold too quickly, the Bocks said.  This year, they are planning to make more than 190 quarts.   Staying cool may be the name of the game this year as temperatures are expected to be in triple digits both days.  At Sodaro Orchards in District 10, which created the peach festival in 1999, pickers spent Wednesday morning working at a steady pace to make sure they had enough peaches for the event.
“We pride ourselves on quality fruit,” said Sara Baggett, 37, who co-owns the company with her husband.  Peaches grown in Yuba County in 2012 were valued at $17.7 million, up from $14.8 million in 2011.  Those grown in Sutter County in 2011 were valued at $33.2 million.  Numbers for 2012 haven’t been released.  Sodaro Orchards donates fresh peaches to many other vendors to make sure local produce is being used as much as possible.  Known for their cobbler, Sodaro Orchards will be baking 800 peach cobblers today and Friday.  “Having an event like this brings revenue to the community,” said Baggett, of District 10.
Liquids, shade and misting tents to keep crowds cool
Temperatures will be above average at the 14th annual Marysville Peach Festival on Friday and Saturday.  Friday’s high is expected to reach 104 and Saturday should be 105, said Holly Osborne, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.  The average for Marysville over the weekend is 97.  “We encourage people to hydrate and drink lots of water,” said Shannon Greathouse-Jacobsen, 43, Marysville’s events coordinator.  “We can’t predict or change the weather, but we are going to have a great year.  “There will be both shade and misting tents on Third and D streets, a misting fan in the 300 block of D Street, and vendors will be selling water misters, she said.  Chairs and tables will also be set up near the main stage at Sixth and D streets, Greathouse-Jacobsen said.  Several vendors will be selling water, smoothies and other cold drinks, she said.  This year, the children’s area is being moved indoors between Second and Third streets and will benefit from air conditioning, she said.  People can also find air conditioning at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Eighth and D streets.
Despite the heat, Greathouse-Jacobsen still anticipates 25,000-30,000 people to attend the festival.  “Don’t be in a hurry to get through it,” she said.  “It lasts for two days.”

Know & Go

WHAT: 14th annual Marysville Peach Festival.

WHEN: 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: D Street, between First and Seventh streets, Marysville.

COST: Admission/parking are free.


Saturday’s activities

Peach and pancake breakfast from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Silver Dollar.

5K run/walk at 8 a.m.

Karaoke contest at 1:30 p.m.

Hula-Hoop contest at 2:45 p.m.

Water balloon relay at 4 p.m.

Peach pie eating contest at 4:30 p.m.

Live music at Sixth and D streets

Guilty Again at 8 p.m. Friday


Nancy Northrup from 10 a.m.-noon

Spork from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Tijuana Taxi at 9 p.m.

Live music at Third and D streets


OCD from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Villa Real from 1:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

SwankMasters from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

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