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Peach harvest exceeds expectations

Posted July 31, 2013 by Joe Rehana in Pictorials

Eastman Orchard opens for a week of You Pick to handle its excess peaches

Lauren Rose Weitlauf from Bowling Green, Ky. helps her grandfather Barry Eastman of Eastman Orchards on State Route 37 North sort through fresh picked peaches Saturday morning at the Eastman house.

Lauren Rose Weitlauf from Bowling Green, Ky. helps her grandfather, Barry Eastman of Eastman Orchards on State Route 37 North, sort through fresh picked peaches Saturday morning at the Eastman house.

Eastman Orchards opened its orchards to “You Pick” recently as it was contending with an over abundance of ripening fruit. “With all of the rain we’ve had our peaches are growing quicker than we can pick them,” Barry Eastman said. Several groups of pickers showed up Saturday to take advantage of the “You Pick” prices and to enjoy eating “seconds” fresh from the source. More than three generations of Eastman’s were on hand to help with shoppers stopping in for a peck or two, leaving with a smile and complementing the crop.

For those looking to celebrate everything peachy, the 76th Peach Festival takes place this weekend, Aug. 2 and 3, in Cobden Community Park with activities beginning at 5 p.m. According to a “peach release,” the festival will feature rides, games, a queen contest, food, peach cobbler and a Peach Festival parade that is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with a parade route through downtown Cobden to the park.