Locals prepare for Stratford Peach Festival

Despite smaller crop sizes, the 37th annual festival, Saturday, should see plenty of peaches.
By Kyle Schwab kschwab@opubco.com Modified: July 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm •  Published: July 19, 2013

The Scotts aren't the only ones with fewer peaches this year. Craig Pullen's 40-acre orchard is also down on peach count.

“I'm thankful to have any peaches,” Pullen said, walking through the rows of peach trees with his dog, Sandy. Last year Pullen had more peaches than he knew what to do with.

This year most of his peaches are “cosmetically challenged,” meaning they either have hail damage or some other imperfection. He sells these “number two” peaches at about half price.

They taste just as good, but they just don't look quite as nice Pullen said.

Oklahoma doesn't produce a significant amount peaches, although in Stratford, Porter and Harrah are known locally for their crops.

The festivities Saturday will feature activities throughout the day, including a peach cookoff, a car and bike show, a rodeo, a singing contest and a pageant.

“We're expecting a good turnout because of the weather,” said Crystal McNew, a chamber of commerce board member. Officials expect about 5,000 visitors.

McNew, 30, said there will be much more than peaches at the festival. Vendors will be selling all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables, arts, crafts, clothing and woodwork. Plus helicopter rides will give a bird's-eye view of the festival.