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Publish Date: 8/19/2005

Lafayette expecting 30,000 pounds of peaches for festival


LAFAYETTE — Perfectly palatable pounds of Palisade peaches will roll into Lafayette this weekend for the sixth annual peach festival.

“This is my favorite event,” said Jo Judd, who coordinates the festival for the city. “It’s fun, family-oriented, and there’s great food.”

In fact, she said, 4,000 pounds of fresh peach cobbler are going to be served at the event Saturday, along South Public Road from Cannon Street to Kimbark Street. Last year, the cobbler was served at a rate of 9.5 servings per minute.

A semi-tractor trailer will cart 30,000 pounds of peaches into the heart of town from an organic orchard in Palisade. There will be a dozen varieties of peaches, Judd said, some good for canning and freezing, but all of them good for eating.

This year, peach enthusiasts will be entertained by the Boulder Philharmonic from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

“That is significant because the philharmonic has never played in the east part of the county before,” Judd said. “And we’re going to have entertainment all day long.”

Another new addition, she said, is peach margaritas for adults from 3 to 5:30 p.m. They come as a nice addition to the peach smoothies that were popular at last year’s event.

In 2004, workers served 2,200 smoothies at the event, or six smoothies every minute.

This year’s festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Amanda Arthur can be reached at 303-684-5215, or by e-mail at aarthur@times-call.com.

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