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Posted: 08/13/14

2014 PEACH FEST. Seen above are 2014 Peach Queen Kaitlyn Krimmel and Runner-up Erin Snyder. The peachy royalty has been busy promoting the 83rd Annual Peach Festival, which is scheduled for Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. Below, Krimmel and Snyder stand with Lil' Miss Peach Blossom Ariyanna Paduch, 7, and Mr. Peachy King, Landyn Paduch, 6.

(Photos courtesy of Jesi Foltz-Goike and Joyce Oliver)

Many events planned for
the 83rd annual Peach Festival

Observer Special Writer
      Organizers for the 83rd annual Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo gathered at the Village Hall last week Wednesday to finalize plans for this year's event.
       Steeped in tradition, this year's festival will include all of the tried-and-true activities that are expected and enjoyed, including parades, carnivals, a car show, craft show and beverage tents.
       The festival officially opens on Thursday afternoon of Labor Day weekend, which runs from Aug. 28 until Sept. 1 this year. The carnival, concession stands and beverage tents open on Thursday, and voting will begin for the Baby and Pet Photo Contest. The popular 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk also takes place on Thursday evening. The run, known for a challenging course, is in its 22nd year and attracts participants from all over southeast Michigan. Registration for the run begins at 4:45 p.m. at Romeo High School.
       Friday adds a golf scramble, pasta dinner, food cafe and booths selling homemade peach pies to the list of things to do.
       On Saturday, the festival will be in full swing, with a softball tournament, book sale and cheer demonstration. The Frontier Town and Croswell Extravaganza craft shows will also open on Saturday. The tradition of Kidsfest will also continue in the Village Park early Saturday morning. Kidsfest, hosted by Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation, begins at 8:30 a.m. and is a free event for kids of all ages. Contests, crafts, relay races, entertainment and games are just some of the fun activities that will take place. Rosco the Clown will also perform at 9:30 a.m.
       Due to Kidsfest, the Romeo Farmer's Market will be held in a different location on Saturday morning. The large variety of vendors will be found at the southeast corner of South Bailey and Lafayette streets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
       An all-you-can-eat Farmer's Breakfast will be held on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capital Banquet Center, located on 31 Mile Road. Guest servers will dish out breakfast foods and sweets. The Michigan Vietnam Veteran's Traveling Memorial will also be displayed and divisions of the Macomb County Sheriff's Office will be on hand. This year, members of the VFW Post 2052 in Romeo will be collecting non-perishable and toiletry items to be sent to our military personnel serving overseas. An 8:30 a.m. flag raising will also take place in front of the banquet center.
       Sunday also brings the car show, bed races, car parade and Mummer's parade to the mix of fun activities. A free shuttle will be available on Saturday and Sunday between all of the events.
       The Children's Parade holds its annual spot of 10 a.m. on Monday morning. This year's theme is "The Future," and those wishing to participate still have time to join. The Floral Parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. with over 100 entries of bands, floats, classic cars and more.
       Committees for both parades are looking for volunteers. Anyone interested can contact the chairpersons listed in the Peach Festival brochure or on their website, A complete list of events, including times and locations, is also available in the brochure and on the website.
       The Peach Festival is the biggest fundraiser of the Romeo Lions Club. All of the proceeds benefit the charities they support and help they give to individuals and families in need.

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