Wyoming gets set for 28th annual Peach Festival

An antique Fifer’s peach truck makes its way in the way in Wyoming Peach Festival Parade in 2016. (Delaware State News file photo)

WYOMING — At the height of peach season comes the 28th annual Wyoming Peach Festival on Saturday. And although Wyoming may be a tiny town, it always aims to put on a great festival.

“Sometimes people don’t even realize Wyoming is its own town but when they come to the Peach Festival, you’ll see this whole town rallies behind the event,” said Peach Festival planning committee member Erin Nieli.

“When I came to the festival for the first time, I was astounded at how many people came out,” she said. “And we’re hoping for this year’s festival to be the best one yet.”

The celebration kicks off at 9 a.m. with a parade beginning at Fifer Middle School, heading down Camden-Wyoming Avenue and then to North Railroad Avenue.

“This parade is going to be almost twice as big as last year’s with almost 400 walkers, a dozen floats and 40 cars,” Ms. Nieli.

The Wyoming Peach Festival Band will perform at the train platform at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Lining the streets after the parade will be more than 100 vendors selling everything from crafts to local honey. There will be plenty of activities for the kids, including free games and a bounce house.

Food trucks will be on site for lunch while live entertainment takes place at the train platform. The Wyoming Peach Festival band kicks things off at 9 a.m. Dover High’s Rolling Thunder will play at 10:15 a.m. followed by puppeteer/singer Jack Foraker at 11 a.m. and singer Meeta Parker at 12:10 p.m.

No Peach Festival is complete without a dessert contest.

“There’s no limit to what kind of dessert can be entered,” said Ms. Nieli. “There have been muffins, cobbler, cookies and definitely a lot of pies, but last year’s winner was a peach cake.”

While you can’t taste all the entries, recipe books of past contest winners will be available for purchase and the 2018 winner will be announced at 2 p.m. at the train platform just before the folk duo of Mike Quinn and Rick Hudson.

“We’re always sure the winning dessert is something extra special because the panel of judges takes their task very seriously,” she said.

Attendees can also enter a raffle for a Mission BBQ gift basket with tickets selling for $1 each or six for $5.

All proceeds from the Peach Festival go back to the town of Wyoming and in the past have gone toward projects such as landscaping and street cleaning.

The Wyoming Peach Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Free parking and shuttles are available at W.B. Simpson Elementary and Wyoming United Methodist Church.

Ashton Brown is a freelance writer living in Dover.

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