Buyers 'peach' in $24,875 at auction

A BASKETFUL of Harvester peaches from Duecker Orchards brought $3,000 from a group of bidders on Saturday afternoon at the annual auction held during the Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo. Showing off the fruit were Stonewall Peach Queen Brianna Harvey, left, and Duchess Michaela Engel. — Standard Radio-Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Mother Nature may have wiped out the majority of the 2013 peach crop, but she couldn’t deter individuals and businesses from coming out and supporting the Gillespie County peach industry.

On Saturday, local and area buyers paid a total of $24,875 for one one-half bushel of peaches, baskets of goodies donated by peach growers and supporters and prize-winning pies, cobblers, preserves and salsas at the annual auction held as part of the 52nd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo.

Of the total, $3,000 was paid for Duecker Orchards’ one-half bushel of  Harvester peaches, $10,050 was paid for the baskets and $11,825 was paid for the top baked goods, preserves and salsas.

Last year’s auction raised $23,825.

“We would like to thank all of the buyers for their support,” said Ricky Priess, chairman of the peach show and auction.

He said, “We appreciate everyone’s time and generosity. Things are still tough but the buyers put it out there. The buyers went all out.”

Priess added a special thanks to all of the growers who donated baskets of goodies and products for the auction.

The peach growers, Priess said, appreciate the buyers coming out and supporting them and the local industry.

The annual auction was held as part of the 52nd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo.

Serving as auctioneer was Tim Jeanes.

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