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    The organizers of the annual Palisade Peach Festival won’t let a crop heavily damaged by late frosts prompt the cancellation of the popular event. Photo courtesy of the Palisade Peach Festival

    Concerns over COVID-19 and a freeze-damaged crop won’t stop the Palisade Peach Festival from taking place in the summer.

    “We are planning and preparing for our Aug,. 14 and 15 Palisade Peach Festival, presented by American Furniture Warehouse, with every hope that events such as our festival will be able to take place as planned based on COVID officials’ event regulations,” said Andrew Weber, executive director of the chamber of commerce in Palisade, Colorado.

    Weber in a statement said “… peach crop freezes will not stop the festival; we will always celebrate and support our growers, then and now, as they face a huge challenge due to major crop losses. Our growers strongly support and voice the importance of continuing the Peach Festival tradition.”

    “There will be peaches at fruit stands this season,” said Dennis Clark of Clark Family Orchards. “I sincerely hope that COVID-19 gets under control so the Palisade Peach Festival and all other festivals can go off as planned. Fruit growers and the wine industry depend on these events for our livelihood.”

    Bruce Talbott of Talbott Farms had this to say: “The Palisade Peach Festival is the celebration of a prominent industry that has been important in Palisade and to Colorado as a whole since the late 1800s. It’s about coming together as a community in recognition of what makes us special and unique.”

    Festival time is peak business and harvest for growers, in fact, Talbott said. “The only festivals I have personally attended were the freeze years, and in each of those years, the peach festival went on regardless of crop loss. Though we always hope for bounty in any given year, I would be disappointed not to celebrate the Colorado peach this year and hope we can be blessed with a return to what makes Palisade and Colorado a great place to live and play.”

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