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Thousands Converge on Trenton for 44th Ridge Peach Festival

web posted June 23, 2014

TRENTON With sunny skies and a gentle breeze Saturday morning, the population of Trenton increased to between 12,000 and 15,000 as visitors from across the two-state area started piling into the small town with one of the best known festivals in the CSRA and beyond. After morning concerts in the park, the annual parade made its way along Wise Street and then through the town square with several dignitaries and entrants ranging from antique cars and tractors to floats and entries to make you smile.

Following the parade, Trenton Mayor Billy Quarles took the stage in the park to introduce some of the dignitaries on stage including Congressman Jeff Duncan, SC State Sen. Shane Massey, SC Representative Bill Hixon, Johnston Mayor Terrance Culbreath and County Council Chairman Dean Campbell. Each welcomed the throngs of visitors still piling into the town. County Council Vice-chair Genia Blackwell was present but declined to take the stage.

The park was the center of attention with concerts all day, over 120 vendors with great food, cool drinks, crafts, displays, wood carving and even a blacksmith showing off his trade.

Children swarmed the other end of the park where large inflatable slides and jump houses were located. Also popular was a rock climbing wall where children were able to show off their climbing abilities, some making it to the top.

Crowd estimates provided ranged from 12,000 to 15,000 and most working the festival said it was the larges crowd ever.

The festival was founded by former Trenton residents Verdy and Eleanor Blackwell in 1970 and has grown into one of the most anticipated and premier festivals in the two-state area. It is held annually on the third Saturday in June.

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