Peach JAMboree blossoms Friday

Stonewall Peach Queen Baylie Vogel is surrounded by peaches at her family’s Vogel Orchard retail outlet at Stonewall in anticipation of the 53rd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21. A special salute to the Peach JAMboree as well as photos of the queen’s contestants can be found in the “Gillespie Life” section. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

There’s plenty of reason to celebrate at this year’s 53rd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21.

Unlike last year, peaches are in good supply and Gillespie County growers are in the midst of harvesting the delicious and tasty fruit.

And while the growers are busy in their orchards and marketing their fruit, the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce has planned a two-day celebration that pays tribute to Gillespie County’s most famous crop.

Activities include a parade, two rodeo performances, dancing, baking contests, queen’s pageant, peach show and auction and more.

Activities are designed to entertain both young and old.

The gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 20.

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 50 contestants.

The first heat of mutton busting begins at 6:45 p.m. on Friday with the second heat during the rodeo performance.

Peach Queen contestants will be introduced at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.

The CPRA Ram Rodeo by DVS Productions gets under way at 8 p.m. on Friday night.

There will also be the second heat of mutton busting, a calf scramble, wild cow milling and a specialty act by Leon Coffee.

Mike and the Moonpies will play for the Friday night dance starting at about 10 p.m.

Activities get off to an early start on Saturday and continue into the night.

Saturday begins with a cowboy breakfast at 7 a.m.

Also on Saturday morning from 8:30-10 a.m., entries will be taken in the peach pie, peach cobbler, peach preserves and peach salsa contests. Judging begins at 10:45 a.m.

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