Cobden Lions Club to host Peach Festival from Friday | Local News

COBDEN – August means it’s time to celebrate one of Southern Illinois’ favorite crops – peaches.






The peaches were supplied by Flamm Orchards in Cobden.


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The Cobden Lions Club will present the Peach Festival on Friday and Saturday at Cobden Park. Activities begin each evening at 5 p.m.

“It’s just an old-school, back-to-basics type festival,” said Gene Dammerman, chairman of the Peach Festival committee.

At the heart of the festival are peaches. Park visitors can grab a bowl of peaches or a peach cobbler. (Other foods will also be available.)

Dammerman said the spin-and-win game was popular. The price? Peaches, of course.

A carnival will be offered in the park, as well as games and entertainment.

Dammerman said they held a big carnival, but the owners retired and didn’t sell their business. They have a new carnival to fill this place.

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Musical entertainment will be the Party Express Karaoke show on Friday and Diamond Dog on Saturday.

The festival will crown the fishing queen on Saturday evening. Applicants are between the ages of 16 and 21 and must reside in Union County.

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Debbie Stroehlein, competition director, said there were six contenders vying for the title, including: Grace Robbins, Makenzie Howell, Anna Hess, Avery Osmond, Lilia Carmona and Liv Cerny.

They will participate in the interview, swimsuit and evening dress contest on Friday evening. The coronation will take place on Saturday at 9 p.m., when reigning peach queen Hannah Stillman crowns the new peach queen.

Activities begin early on Saturdays when the Cobden Runner’s/Walker’s Club hold their annual Cobden Peach Festival 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run at 7.30am in Cobden Community Park on Locust Street. Same-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and racing begins at 8:30 a.m. The event will begin at Cobden Community Park on Locust Street.

For more information on the race, call 618-713-4245.

The Peach Festival Parade will start at 4.30pm on Saturday and wind through Cobden town center ending at the park. The event is sponsored by the Village of Cobden.

As of Wednesday morning, 27 units had registered for the parade and more are expected. The deadline to participate in the parade is Friday.

For more information or to register for the parade, call City Hall at 618-893-2425.

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The Union County Museum at 117 S. Appleknocker Street will offer special hours during the Peach Festival. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The museum will feature a special display of recently donated items from the Lockard-Fitch family collection, including an Edwin Fitch First World War naval uniform, photos from the First World War era, and photos of Cobden Primary School.

A new window display will feature former Peach Festival Queen competitors and part of the Winstead Davie family collection will continue to be displayed in the museum.

The museum features exhibits on Anna Pottery, Native American artifacts, and local history. The museum shop will be open and will offer collectibles, fall decorations and other items.

For more information, call the museum at 618-893-2865.

Many businesses in the Cobden area will be opening or extending their opening hours during the Peach Festival.

Dammerman said the festival is an important fundraiser for the Lions Club. The money raised is used throughout the county and for other projects.

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