The Penticton Peach Festival started in 1947, with the Knights of Pythias and the Penticton Rotary Club participating. Neil McKerracher was the first chairman. The date was set for mid-August of each year when peaches would be ripe. Outstanding personalities were invited and a queen and princesses selected. Events included a rodeo, an industrial show, a parade, and a crowning ceremony.
About The Festival
Peachfest Historical Timeline
*Details of the history (Prior and up to 1949 of Peach Festival) as written by Ed Aldredge in 1981. Further information was gathered from news articles and past programs*
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