60th Annual Peach Festival draws thousands to Gilbert

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The population of Gilbert is 614 as of 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. On July 4th, that number multiplies by several times, and American flags outnumber the residents.

The town hosted the 60th Lexington County Peach Festival Wednesday, drawing thousands of visitors and raising money to support the Gilbert Community Club and Gilbert Community Park, provide scholarships to student volunteers, and support other community organizations.

The day began with the Peach Parade and ended with fireworks after sunset. In between, vendors offered a wide variety of arts and crafts. Kids and adults alike enjoyed carnival rides, a car show and lots of live music, as well as food including many peach-themed treats.

“We never miss it, and we love the peach ice cream,” Chloe Watson said as she held a cup of the dessert and watched her daughters enjoy theirs. “It’s the best way to spend the 4th.”

The day also included a reading of the Declaration of Independence and performances by the Gilbert High School dancers, singers and chorus.

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