(GLASSBORO, NJ) ― The 33rd annual New Jersey Peach Festival at the 4-H Fair in Mullica Hill, Gloucester County, gets underway Thursday, July 23, with the best of Jersey-grown peaches and peach-related goodies. Throughout the four days, peach goodies are available for purchase, from homemade pies and other baked goods to peach cider, peach ice-cream, peach slushies, and, of course, fresh peaches under the Peach Tent.
Festival special events begin Friday, July 24th, starting at 6pm, with the judging for the NJ Peach Queen and Little Miss Peach. This is open to young women, from age 5 to 18 with the younger ladies answering age appropriate questions and the Queen contestants preparing a short speech on peach related topics of their choosing. The winners receive savings bonds and a year of free dance lessons at the Fit To Dance studio in Mullica Hill. The Queen represents the New Jersey peach industry at various peach events throughout the year.
Also on Friday night, Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher announces the winners of the Commercial Peach Pak competition and awards the Governor’s Cup for the best peaches.
On Saturday, July 25th the Peach Bake-Off takes place at noon with a 14 and over and a 13 and Under Category. Local chefs and farmers judge entries existing of anything made with peaches. Samples of the different and unusual are available after the competition.
On Sunday July 26th, the NJPPC sponsors the Perfect Peach Pie/Cobbler Contest at noon with the winner competing with other winners from different venues throughout the state for a cash prize.
Other contests & events include the “Down On the Farm Baby Contest,” for newborns to four-year-olds- Sun 10:30 AM; the popular 4-H Mud Run-Sat-9:00 AM; Kids Mud Mess –Sat- 4 PM; and Peach Pie Eating Contest-Sat-Noon.
Some events require pre-registration; others are walk-ins. All information and applications are available from the Festival website www.gc4HFair.com Applications and further information m may also be obtained by calling Jenna – 856-243-2984, or Chris – 856-881-1411, or 4-H Info – 856-307-6450 x 3.