Expect big, juicy peaches at festival

Community Aug 21, 2009 Ancaster News

Despite the frequent rainy weather, the forecast for Winona Peach Festival peaches is clear.

“The rain has been a challenge with fruit in general, but I think it has a positive side too, in that it has made the peaches grow,” said Bridgmans Farm co-owner and former long-time festival peach vendor Anne Bridgman. “Now we have some sunshine and it is going to sweeten the peaches up, so there will be lots of nice, juicy Niagara peaches at the festival.”

The Ontario Tender Fruit Producers Marketing Board has said this year's peach harvest is about three days late due to cool weather and while it won’t be a bumper crop, it will be pretty good.

The Winona Peach Festival began in 1967, as part of a centennial celebration.

To cover the peak periods of the fruit-growing seasons, Winona planned four different festival days.

On May 19, the Blossom Festival was held at Winona High School, where the Blossom Queen was crowned.

The Strawberry Festival took place on June 21 at Winona Park. Different organizations dressed in old-time costume and served food.

On July 1, the Town Centennial Festival was held at the park and included a parade, musical performances, carnival and fireworks. The Women’s Institute also dedicated the park entrance.

The Festival of Fruit took place Aug. 18 to 19. Winona Road was closed between Highway 8 and Barton Street. The road was painted peach and an outdoor market, with a large assortment of fruits, was set up. A street dance, entertainment, buffalo roast and antique machinery were also included. In addition, a baseball clinic was organized at Winona Public School, put on by the Buffalo Bissons.

The Centennial celebration began as four separate events, but grew into a three-day event in 1977.

Incorporated in 1982, the festival is still a free, family event that offers something for everyone.

And with many peachy foods, including crepes, pies and the famous sundaes, how could anyone resist?

“The festival never disappoints,” said Ms. Bridgman. “It is a community affair.”

For more information on the festival, visit www.winonapeach.com .

Expect big, juicy peaches at festival

Community Aug 21, 2009 Ancaster News

Despite the frequent rainy weather, the forecast for Winona Peach Festival peaches is clear.

“The rain has been a challenge with fruit in general, but I think it has a positive side too, in that it has made the peaches grow,” said Bridgmans Farm co-owner and former long-time festival peach vendor Anne Bridgman. “Now we have some sunshine and it is going to sweeten the peaches up, so there will be lots of nice, juicy Niagara peaches at the festival.”

The Ontario Tender Fruit Producers Marketing Board has said this year's peach harvest is about three days late due to cool weather and while it won’t be a bumper crop, it will be pretty good.

The Winona Peach Festival began in 1967, as part of a centennial celebration.

To cover the peak periods of the fruit-growing seasons, Winona planned four different festival days.

On May 19, the Blossom Festival was held at Winona High School, where the Blossom Queen was crowned.

The Strawberry Festival took place on June 21 at Winona Park. Different organizations dressed in old-time costume and served food.

On July 1, the Town Centennial Festival was held at the park and included a parade, musical performances, carnival and fireworks. The Women’s Institute also dedicated the park entrance.

The Festival of Fruit took place Aug. 18 to 19. Winona Road was closed between Highway 8 and Barton Street. The road was painted peach and an outdoor market, with a large assortment of fruits, was set up. A street dance, entertainment, buffalo roast and antique machinery were also included. In addition, a baseball clinic was organized at Winona Public School, put on by the Buffalo Bissons.

The Centennial celebration began as four separate events, but grew into a three-day event in 1977.

Incorporated in 1982, the festival is still a free, family event that offers something for everyone.

And with many peachy foods, including crepes, pies and the famous sundaes, how could anyone resist?

“The festival never disappoints,” said Ms. Bridgman. “It is a community affair.”

For more information on the festival, visit www.winonapeach.com .

Expect big, juicy peaches at festival

Community Aug 21, 2009 Ancaster News

Despite the frequent rainy weather, the forecast for Winona Peach Festival peaches is clear.

“The rain has been a challenge with fruit in general, but I think it has a positive side too, in that it has made the peaches grow,” said Bridgmans Farm co-owner and former long-time festival peach vendor Anne Bridgman. “Now we have some sunshine and it is going to sweeten the peaches up, so there will be lots of nice, juicy Niagara peaches at the festival.”

The Ontario Tender Fruit Producers Marketing Board has said this year's peach harvest is about three days late due to cool weather and while it won’t be a bumper crop, it will be pretty good.

The Winona Peach Festival began in 1967, as part of a centennial celebration.

To cover the peak periods of the fruit-growing seasons, Winona planned four different festival days.

On May 19, the Blossom Festival was held at Winona High School, where the Blossom Queen was crowned.

The Strawberry Festival took place on June 21 at Winona Park. Different organizations dressed in old-time costume and served food.

On July 1, the Town Centennial Festival was held at the park and included a parade, musical performances, carnival and fireworks. The Women’s Institute also dedicated the park entrance.

The Festival of Fruit took place Aug. 18 to 19. Winona Road was closed between Highway 8 and Barton Street. The road was painted peach and an outdoor market, with a large assortment of fruits, was set up. A street dance, entertainment, buffalo roast and antique machinery were also included. In addition, a baseball clinic was organized at Winona Public School, put on by the Buffalo Bissons.

The Centennial celebration began as four separate events, but grew into a three-day event in 1977.

Incorporated in 1982, the festival is still a free, family event that offers something for everyone.

And with many peachy foods, including crepes, pies and the famous sundaes, how could anyone resist?

“The festival never disappoints,” said Ms. Bridgman. “It is a community affair.”

For more information on the festival, visit www.winonapeach.com .