Peach JAMboree kicks off Friday

PEACHY TREATS — Stone-wall Peach Queen Brianna Harvey surrounds herself with homemade goodies from Gold Orchards and peaches from Burg’s Corner and she prepares to reign over the 52nd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday in Stonewall. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

For over 50 years, the Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo has paid tribute to Gillespie County’s most famous crop — the peach.

And this year’s celebration on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, is no different.

While the main ingredient is limited this year due to a late frost and then hail, a full schedule of events for the entire family is planned by the sponsoring Stonewall Chamber of Commerce for the two-day celebration.

Highlights of the 52nd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo include rodeo performances, nightly dancing, baking contests, queen’s contest, games, auction, entertainment and more.

The gates open Friday at 6 p.m.

Also at that time, registration for the mutton busting begins. There is a $20 entry fee for the mutton busting, which is limited to the first 40 contestants.

The first heat of mutton busting begins at 7 p.m. with the second heat during the rodeo performance.

Peach Queen contestants will be introduced at 7:45 p.m.

The CPRA Ram Rodeo by DVS Productions gets underway at 8 p.m. on Friday night. Activities also include a calf scramble, mutton busting, wild cow milking and a specialty act featuring Leon Coffee.

A dance will follow the rodeo and will feature the music of Jody Nix.

JAMboree activities resume on Saturday with a Cowboy Breakfast at the rodeo grounds beginning at 7 a.m.

Entries will be taken from 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday in the baking, preserve and salsa contests. Judging starts at 10:45 a.m.

A slack rodeo performance begins at 9 a.m.

Floats, cars and numerous other entries from throughout Central Texas will line up to take part in the 10 a.m. parade.

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