If blueberries aren’t your thing this time of year, there’s always the mighty peach to celebrate. And though Georgia may be the peach state, word has long been out that Alabama peaches are the true treasures of southern stone fruit – sweet, sun-colored jewels of summer. If you’re as gung-ho about our state’s favorite fruit as we are, then head down to the Peach Jam Jubilee in Chilton County on Friday June 26th from 5-11pm at Clanton City Park to cap off a week of Peach Festival activities with a fun night of live music, arts and food vendors, a kid zone with bouncy houses, tethered hot air balloon rides, and, of course peaches. In addition to delicious peach ice cream, which Alabamians have been known to make a special trip to Clanton for, you can also find peach preserves, peach cookies, and more. The entire event is free to the public.
The annual Jubilee, which always takes place on the last Friday night in June at the end of the Peach Festival, was started about 11 years ago by the local chamber of commerce as a way to add a festive punch to the festival, which has been running for the past 60 years. During the week of the festival, the local Lions Club hosts a pageant, another organization does peach cook off, there’s a peach run, and the Saturday after the jubilee there’s a peach parade and peach auction. At the auction several farmers in the area supply their best basket of peaches to vie for bragging rights of having the best peaches around. Proceeds from the event go to support local scholarships.
Come hungry for the Jubilee on Friday night though. Peach treats can be enjoyed throughout the night, and local vendors will have plenty for dinner. One of the local burger joints and one of the local barbecue joints will be selling their specialties alongside typical fair food like funnel cakes and snow cones.
For more information, visit: http://www.chiltonchamberonline.com/#!peachjam/c12wf