2009-04-24 / Front Page

Peach Festival launches new Web site

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

The South Carolina Peach Festival launched a new Web site Monday to usher in promotional activities for its two-week event in July.

The interactive site features an event schedule, registration forms, a festival history, contact information for event organizers, and photo galleries with more than 300 photographs from past festivals. Community members are invited to submit their own photographs to be added to the Web site.

The site is designed to become the point of contact for people interested in finding information about the 2009 festival.

"We are very happy with it. We are really dependent on the Web site to get our message out there about the South Carolina Peach Festival," board chairman Carlton Bridges said. "We hope the Cherokee County community will continue to take advantage of the many offerings at the Peach Festival. Our plan is to update the Web site every couple of days. We will be adding items from now through the end of the festival."

This year's Peach Festival will run from July 10-19. Highlights include a Peach Beach music concert, a barbecue cookoff, Family Fun Day, road race and a street dance and movie night in Blacksburg.

The Peach Ball event has been changed to the popular Peach Beach concert name and will be held July 11 in the Broad River Electric Co-Op Auditorium, festival promotions chairman Richard Jones said. This year's Peach Beach event will combine a casual setting with an evening meal and live entertainment.

The barbecue cookoff is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, which oversees 300 competitions nationally each year. The society typically organizes judging classes to certify local judges to help judge its barbecue cookoff events.

Jones said the board is still working with the barbecue society to schedule a judging class.

The Peach Beach concert and barbecue judging class are examples of the information the festival plans to update on the festival Web site. There is already event entry forms, a map with directions to festival events, and hotel information.

"We are really excited about the new Web site," Jones said. "We think this will be a great help in our effort to promote the peach festival this year."

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