Stonewall fetes the peach

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57th event sees jam-packed events as town celebrates its top crop

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The 57th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree saw a jam-packed rodeo arena, a new court crowned and all things peach over the weekend.

“Overall, the Jamboree was a success,” Stonewall Chamber President Jason Englert said. “The crowds were above normal with the help of good weather, an awesome parade, two great rodeo performances and the Bellamy Brothers. We cannot thank our sponsors and volunteers enough. It wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Visitors from all over flocked to Stonewall to get a taste of the best peach crop in years while enjoying the rodeo and live music by Josh Ward on Friday.

“We are still assessing our ticket sales, but the numbers should be above normal for this year’s attendance,” Englert said.

The heat and a little rain on Saturday afternoon did not shy anyone away but ended up drawing more festivalgoers in by the numbers and setting the perfect climate for Saturday’s popular events such as the parade, contests, rodeo and entertainment.

 

Peach Auction

A total of $45,500 was paid after an auction of award winning peaches, baked goods, salsas and preserves on Saturday afternoon by local and area buyers.

 

Queen Coronation

Kate Darsey was crowned the 2018-2019 Peach Queen during the coronation ceremony, ahead of the rodeo.

Darsey is the daughter of Rob and Amy Darsey.

Crowning Darsey was the outgoing queen, Audrey Mills.

Duchesses who were selected are as follows:

• First Duchess — Ja’Nay Settles, daughter of Arlene Settles.

• Second Duchess — Madison Schumann, daughter of Matthew and Kelly Schumann.

• Third Duchess — Kate Wenzel, daughter of George and Dawn Wenzel.

Outgoing duchesses were Madison Torrico, Kyra Mund and Marian Robles.

 

JAMboree Activities

The 57th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo opened on Friday night with mutton busting and a CPRA Rodeo by DVS Productions, followed by entertainment by Josh Ward.

The parade led by parade marshals Jimmy Duecker, Golden Citizen award recipient, and David Laborde, Outstanding Citizen award winner, kicked off Saturday’s events.

Activities continued with the Peach Patch for kids, musical entertainment, washer pitching and “42” tournaments, peach eating and peach pit spit contests and more.

Saturday night’s excitement included mutton busting, a calf scramble and a second CPRA rodeo performance by DVS Productions.

Ending the festival was a dance with live music by The Bellamy Brothers.

 

CONTEST WINNERS

Mutton Busting

(Two heats each night)

Friday — Heston Hohenberger of Marble Falls and William Potucek of Willow City.

Saturday — Kelcy Stehling and William Potucek, both of Willow City.

 

Washer Pitching

1. Felix Camacho and Ernest Franco.

2. Juan Moran and Manuel Noriega.

3. Willie Hartmann and Calvin Hartmann.

 

42 Tournament

1. Lance Riddell of Corpus Christi and Jo Jenschke of Fredericksburg.

 

Peach Eating

Kids — 1. Jack Edwards, 2. Norah Gonzales, and 3. Layna Jenschke.

Adults — 1. Kit Howell, 2. Chauncy Howell, and 3. Samuel John.

Pit Spit

Kids — 1. Ayden Howell, 2. Elia Gonzales, and 3. Jack Edwards.

Adults — 1. Matthew Schumann, 2. Chauncy Howell, and 3. Kit Howell.