Just Peachy


58th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree to feature concerts, rodeo and more


Another Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo is in the books but not before a new queen was crowned, prize-winning fruit selected and auctioned off and entertainment and games for the entire family was featured.

Sponsored by the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce, the event Thursday through Saturday drew big crowds to the annual “salute to the peach.”

“We are super ecstatic about the Peach JAMboree turnout and results,” said Jason Englert, president of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce. “We are tired and worn out, but it was a great weekend.”

While they are still putting the numbers together, Englert said he feels like this past weekend’s celebration was one of the biggest.

“It takes about 250 volunteers, two part-time employees and 15 directors donating their time and effort for the event,” Englert said, and “we send out a big thank you to them.”

He also sent out thanks and appreciation to the buyers at the peach auction for helping set another record this year.

“We are very happy with the way everything turned out,” Englert said.


Peach auction

A record $48,995 was paid for prize-winning peaches, baked goods, salsas, preserves and barbecue on Saturday afternoon by local and area buyers.

Refer to the separate article about the winners and buyers.


Queen’s coronation

Autumn Kirchner was crowned the 2019-2020 Stonewall Peach Queen on Saturday night prior to the start of the rodeo.

She is the daughter of Dalen and Randa Kirchner.

On hand to crown her successor was Kate Darsey.

Duchesses selected included:

• First Duchess — Sadie Hardison, daughter of Allan and Cherity Hardison.

• Second Duchess — Riley Cook, daughter of LeeAnn and Scott Schumpelt.

• Third Duchess — Lauren Stone, daughter of George and Hannah Stone.

Outgoing duchesses are Ja’Nay Settles, Madison Schumann and Kate Wenzel.


JAMboree activities

The 58th Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo opened on Thursday night with a slack rodeo performance.

On Friday night, two heats of mutton busting were held along with a CPRA Rodeo by DVS Productions.

The peach queen candidates were introduced, and Kevin Fowler took the stage to entertain the crowds.

Saturday morning kicked off with the parade led by parade marshals Andrew Nielsen, Golden Service Award recipient, and Ricky Weinheimer, Outstanding Citizen Award.

Activities continued on the chamber grounds with the Peach Patch for kids, washer pitching and 42 tournaments, peach eating, peach pit spit contests, goat roping and more.

Public interviews with the peach queen contestants were held on Saturday afternoon. Jody Donovan served as emcee.

Rounding out the JAMboree activities on Saturday night was a CPR Rodeo performance by DVS Productions and a concert featuring Ronnie Milsap.

Following are the winners from the various contests:



Mutton Busting (Two heats each night)

Friday — Norah Gonzales of Fredericksburg and Kelcy Stehling of Cave Creek.

Saturday — Claire Scheider of Fredericksburg and Emma Galloway of Tomball.


Washer Pitching

1. Jose Noriega of Fredericksburg and Juan Moran of Marble Falls.

2. Lance Odiorne and Langdon Odiorne, Johnson City.

3. Preston Workman of Johnson City and Jacob Wagner of Hye.


42 Tournament

1. Zach Levandoski.

2. Carol Feuge, Fredericksburg.

3. Nelda Vogel, Stonewall.


Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull

(Under 5 years)

1. Merle Ocota, Bertram.

2. Theo Breaux, Houston.

3. Grayson Fiedler, Fredericksburg.

(6-8 years)

1. Knox Padgett, Fredericksburg.

2. Case Eckhardt, Fredericksburg.

3. Jacob Howell, Fredericksburg.

(9-10 years)

1. Jack Edwards, Fredericksburg.

2. Thomas Witzel, Austin.

3. Amanda Lawrence, Fredericksburg.


Goat Roping (409 teams)

1. Rusty Barnett and Dustin Mueller.

2. Wess Wall and Rusty Barnett.

3. Rusty Barnett and Graves Wallace.

4. Bubba Seale and Dustin Mueller.


Parade Floats

1. Lampasas Spring Ho.

2. (T) Helotes Festival Association and Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.


1. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site.

2. Ben Hur Shriners of Central Texas.

Classic Cars

1. 1963 Studebaker – Denise Eckert.

2. Street Dreams.

Classic SUV

1. 1956 Two-Ton Sedan.

2. 1965 Chevrolet Suburban.

Local Businesses

1. Vogel Orchards.

2. Weinheimer and Son.


1. Vogel Tractors.

Out of Town Businesses

1. Kountry Kurl Saloon, Comfort.

2. (T) Absolute Charm Real Estate and Nexstream.

Junior Floats

1. Miss Celebration USA.


1. Mule Team Pulled Wagon.

2. Horses — PMI Feed.


Parade Special Awards

Best of Show Car — 1970 Chevy Blazer with 1935 Original Army Trailer.

Most Creative — Stonewall Baptist Church.

Best of Show — Garrison Brothers Distillery.

Funniest — Windy Bar Ranch.

Peachiest — Coach’s Country Store and Catering.