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July 13, 2014

A peach of a season

Stratford — Organizers expect a crowd between 6,000 and 7,000 to honor the plump, round yellow- and red-skinned fruit with the fuzzy face at the 38th annual Stratford Peach Festival Saturday, July 19.

  Peach pies, peach cobblers and plain peaches by the bushelful will once again be available in huge quantities for those coming into town on Highway 177 or Highway 19.

 Stratford has more than 900 acres of peach trees. Local growers stock their stands daily with fresh, homegrown peaches. They'll be out near the highway to do business when visitors arrive.

 Early risers on Saturday can compete in the fourth annual 5K Bulldog Run, beginning at 6:30 a.m. (6 a.m. check-in time).

The Stratford Ministerial Alliance will serve the fifth annual Free Pancake Breakfast from 7-9 a.m.   

All kinds of crafts will be available at Stratford City Park along with  amusement rides and helicopter rides.

Red-dirt country music performed by Stratford's Local Neighborhood Outlaws, Zane Williams and Ada's own Mike McClure is on tap from 4-7 p.m. at the Stratford Area Chamber Benefit Concert in the high school auditorium.

 A live black bear will also attend the festival and pose for pictures with those brave enough to move into the viewfinder with him.

 "There is something for everybody at this event, whether you are two years old or 92 years old," said Jason O'Neal, president of the Stratford Area Chamber of Commerce and one of the festival's organizers.

    For those worried about the heat, BlueLine Rental of Ada is furnishing two large fans, which produce a fine mist for festival goers to cool off.

  If that's not enough, peach ice cream will be scooped throughtout the day at the Chamber. If it's not all eaten by 3 p.m, organizers will start giving it away.

 Vendors will be out in force, serving up  barbecue, tacos, kettle corn, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, fresh fried french fries and chicken wraps, hotdogs, chips, Frito chili pies, cotton candy and sno-cones.

 To walk off all the good food, meander among the booths featuring handbags, jewelry, women's clothes, hats, silver western jewelry and all sorts of crafts at Stratford Park.

 Several contests will be held, including Peach Royal for the girls and Peach Bud for the boys (2-5 years old).

  A Peach Princess (ages 6-12) will be named after the little royalty is determined. The Peach Queen contest is for girls, ages 13-20.

 Also scheduled is the 9th Annual Peach Idol singing competition, a local version of the popular television show, American Idol.

 It will be divided into 13 and under, 14-21 and 22 and up categories.

The competition begins at 2 p.m. in Stratford Park Pavilion.

 A peach cook-off contest will discover the best chef in this part of the world, with entrants invited to make whatever they like as long as the main ingredient is, yep, you guessed it, peaches.

A large group of classic cars will be on display. One unusual honor will be awarded for "The Car Most Likely to Get a Ticket."

 Judges will pick overall winners and best-of-show in most of the competitions.

 Check out the muscle-car division, with the cars divided into era categories: 59-69, 70-79 and 1980 to present. Best original pickups and street rods also will be divided by eras.

 Best in Show gets $500, Best Original Classic wins $100, Most Likely to Get a Ticket receives $100 and the Mayor's Choice gets $100.

  For cowboys wishing to impress or embarrass themselves, a mechanical bull will be bucking up some dust this year.

  Basketball fans will be the first anywhere to see the Oklahoma City Thunder trailer with a sports court inside. Kids and adults can compare the size of their hands with actual size pictures of some of the Thunder players' hands.

  Stratford has the distinction of being the first community for the Thunder trailer to be unveiled.

 Note: Those wishing to enter the custom auto show can register for $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the show. Booth spaces range from $30 for non-profits to $50 for rides and amusements and $60 for food venders.

  For more information, call Wes Westbrook at (580) 759-2326 or visit the Stratford Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

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