The Peach Festival

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a pretty peachy place to be.

At least, that’s the way I feel. Last Saturday, lots of others thought so too.

It was the 26th Annual Peach Festival.

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At events like this, my town is truly at its finest. Locals and visitors alike gathered on Queen Street to celebrate all things peach.

There were baskets upon baskets of peaches for sale

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But that’s not all. Chutneys, salsas, jellies, ice cream, pies and other goodies.

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Even peach goodies for your skin too.

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One of the things I really enjoyed, was that part of Queen Street was closed for pedestrian traffic only. This left lots of room for the crowd to spread out.

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It also enabled you to get those photos of Queen Street that you can’t get when cars are around.

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Many of the shops had special booths outside

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And adding to the festive atmosphere, there was a lot of entertainment.

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I love the sound of steel drums.

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I also love Big Band Music. So when Tropical Steel finished playing, I made my way down to the other end of the street. There was quite a crowd waiting for the Toronto All-Star Big Band

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The band and the singers seemed to be having a great time.

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But what I loved the most, was seeing the Lindy Hop dancers.

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I would LOVE to learn how to do this. I need to warn Ken that we’re going Lindy Hopping.

Now wouldn’t that make a great blog post.

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I think this event ranks up there with my other Niagara-on-the-Lake faves – the Strawberry Festival and the Santa Claus Parade.

Just a great community oriented day out.

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All in honour of the noble peach.

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Niagara produces some of the very best, and is so worthy of a fun celebration like this one.

Mark it on your calendar for next year.