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  • Grey clouds don't keep Camden-Wyoming from having peachy time

  • An estimated 4,500 people turned up for the 24th annual Wyoming Peach Festival on Saturday, despite overcast skies that threatened to cancel the event.
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  • An estimated 4,500 people turned up for the 24th annual Wyoming Peach Festival on Saturday, despite overcast skies that threatened to cancel the event.
    The chance of getting caught in the rain also didn’t stop those festivalgoers from enjoying a host of fried treats, face painting, live music and nifty wares from a myriad of craft vendors.
    Folks with a hankering for peaches mainly went to to Fifer Orchards in Camden to celebrate Peach Ice Cream Day, also known as Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday.
    Some of those faithful festivalgoers who showed up at the festival on Railroad Avenue included Deborah Hines, who arrived with her daughter Ashley Iglehart, and her 2-year-old niece Khloe Whitefield.
    “It’s an annual event for us, so we never miss it,” said Hines, a Camden resident, who came armed with an umbrella, a plastic bonnet for her hair and a raincoat for young Khloe, which she stored in her purse.
    Dayne Melvin, a one-man band who entertains with a kick drum and an acoustic guitar, returned to the festival for his second straight year, playing a repertoire that mainly consisted of original tunes, mixed with a few cover songs, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” and Oasis’ “Wonderwall.”
    Melvin said he racked up more than $14 from busking, which included a $5 bill that some generous audience member gave him.
    “I like having the chance to get my own music out there,” the Camden resident said. “It doesn’t really bother me [if] people know [the songs], as long as they enjoy it, I’m good.”
    While fellow entertainer Jack Foreaker didn’t receive any busking money on Saturday, he has received innumerable smiles from kids to adults during his more than 15 years of performing at the Peach Festival. Foreaker, who keeps audiences laughing with his variety show, created balloon animals, sang kids songs and performed with a ventriloquist dummy dressed as a nun on Saturday.
    “It’s a fun crowd to work with,” the Maryland resident said. “The committee that puts this on is just super to work with.”
    The Wyoming Peach Festival is run by only 10 committee members, who begin organizing the event each year starting in February.
    Wyoming Peach Festival Committee member Jaci Stokes said the grey clouds hovering over the event likely prevented an additional 4,500 people from attending Saturday’s Peach Festival, and it definitely kept around 20 of its estimated 150 vendors from setting up shop.
    When asked if she still felt the festival was a success, Stokes emphatically responded, “Oh yes.”
    Page 2 of 2 - And seeing as how the festival has been going strong for more than two decades, Stokes said the longevity is a testament to hard work she and her colleagues put into it.
    “It means we must be doing something right,” she said.

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