Eeek! The Stratford Peach Festival is almost here and I am so pumped! This will be my first time attending the event and all my friends are raving about how amazing the peaches are and how fun the festival is. I definitely can’t wait to see it for myself.
There’s a lot going on this week. Kickoff the weekend earlier because I’m told the fun starts on Thursday with the parade at 5:30 p.m. and the rodeo starting at 8 p.m.!
Friday evening the vendors will begin setting up, and then the peach fun starts early Saturday morning. The Peach Festival 5K will begin at 6:30 a.m. in front of the Stratford elementary school. After getting your exercise for the day, stop by the park for a FREE pancake breakfast hosted by the LifePoint Church.
I won’t make the 5K, but I will pig out on pancakes! Then, you can find me at the Opening Ceremonies at 9 a.m. at the pavilion in the park. The vendors, farmers market, and the carnival will officially open for business at that time! You can also stop by and give blood at the Blood Mobile Station during this time.
I can’t wait for the peach cook off at 10 a.m.! Throughout the day there will be other events like turtle races, a costume contest, live music and a car show. I’ll be there with a camera, so be sure to smile if you see me! The Stratford Peach Pageant begins at 3 p.m. at the pavilion, and to end the day, the final night of the Stratford Round-up rodeo starts at 8 p.m.
Here are some helpful tips! Because it’s July in Oklahoma, it might be a little hot so don’t forget to pack the sunscreen! Wear comfy shoes and show up early to find a good parking spot. If you are planning on purchasing goods, bring an ice chest so all the goodies don’t melt in your car. If you didn’t get enough produce at the festival, don’t worry there will be roadside stands selling produce in the area.
If you want to make it a weekend road trip, I recommend booking a room at The Artesian Hotel, The Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center or a local cabin! Stratford is located only 20 minutes away in Sulphur, Oklahoma.
I can’t wait to see you in Stratford this weekend to celebrate the 41st Stratford Peach Festival! I’ll be the one eating peaches.