Celebrating Peaches and Grapes

The Arkansas River Valley region is ripe with festivals that focus on food. In July, you can catch both the Johnson County Peach Festival and the Altus Grape Festival.

Johnson County Peach Festival

peachfestivalThe Peach Festival in Clarksville is celebrating its 75th year on Friday, July 25-Saturday, July 26 in Clarksville. It takes place on the courthouse square and includes peach-themed eclectic foods and handmade arts and crafts. There are scavenger hunts, a 4-mile run, talent contests, live bands, diaper derbies, greased pig chases, terrapin and bull frog races, a special Kids’ Zone, parade, and of course peach cobbler, jam and jelly bake-offs, peach seed spittin’ contest, and a peach pie eating contest.

Admission is free. For more information, contact Travis Stephens at 479-754-2340, email cjccofc@centurytel.net, or visit the website https://sites.google.com/site/johnsoncountypeachfestival/.

Altus Grape Festival

altusgrapefestlogoCelebrating 31 years, the Grape Festival takes place Friday, July 25-Saturday, July 26 in Altus. Specifically, you can enjoy activities in the Altus City Park and at four area wineries. Enjoy a public grape stomping, wine tasting, arts and crafts booths, music, amateur winemaking competition, food, and fun. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the Altus Chamber of Commerce at 479-468-4684 or visit www.altusgrapefest.com.

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