Georgia Peach Festival | News
What better way to get your fill of peaches than at the Georgia Peach Festival. The festival began in 1986 and has been going strong ever since.
To kick off the Saturday, families enjoyed a pancake breakfast. Jimmy Jones has been coming to the breakfast since it started almost 30 years ago. "It's a good fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club. Foods good, the companies good, and it's a great thing for Peach County," said Jones.
Jones said hopefully one day the pancakes will be made with peaches. "It's been tried before, but I'm sure sooner or later we're gonna be as famous as the Cherry Blossom Festival. We're gonna have peach pancakes," he said.
Miss Georgia Peach 2014, Caroline Rowland, said the festival holds a special place in her heart. "My mom was Miss Georgia Peach 1993, so I'm excited to be able to follow in her footsteps and do everything that she was able to do," said Rowland.
Rowland said she can't wait to try part of the world's largest peach cobbler. "I like putting ice cream on top of it. Some vanilla wafers, that's where it is right there," she said.
Rich Bennett and his helpers started making the cobbler around two Saturday morning. "We have 150 pounds of sugar, 150 pounds of flour, 32 gallons of milk, 75 gallons of fresh Georgia peaches, and we're making the light version this year so instead of 90 lbs of butter we've cut it down to 75 pounds of butter," said Bennett.
Bennett has been cooking the cobbler for nearly ten years. "The pan is 5 foot by 8 foot, and about six inches deep, and we cook it from about 6 o'clock in the morning to one in the afternoon," he said.
The cobbler then cools for about an hour and is ready to eat.