You may have heard something on the news recently about a “National Cherry Blossom Festival” being held in Washington, D.C. If, though, you missed the dates and/or places of the festival, you may have found yourself Googling “cherry blossom festival” coming up with “About 1,770,000 results” which we will list below for your examination (sure….) Well, then, how about those listed on the first page of the Google search result? In addition to the National Festival, there are: The International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, the National Park Service Cherry Blossom Festival also in Washington D.C., the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival in Conyers, Gerogia, and the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival in (where else) Nashville, Tennessee.
But enough about cherries. We in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) may not be having a “cherry blossom festival,” even though we do have our share of cherry trees and their complement of cherry blossoms. What we have more of than almost anyone this time of the year, though, are peach blossoms. And, if one were to Google “Peach blossom festival,” one might get (a paltry) “About 334,000 results” with the first listed result belonging to the “Peach Blossom Festival : Johnston Development Corporation” out of Johnston, South Carolina, just a short drive from Aiken, Augusta, and Edgefield, not to mention Ridge Springs, South Carolina.
The flowers are already here in plantation strength throughout the area. One way to see a good variety of these blossoms is to travel from Aiken to Johnston, going first North on SC 19 to where it meets SC 191 in Eureka. Turn right on 191 and head towards Johnston. You will soon be in peach blossom country, and you will see quite a few groves, representing quite a few different varieties of peaches as you travel from Aiken to Edgefield Counties.
Growers plant different varieties to permit their crews to treat the trees, using minimal equipment, at the proper times and, later, to harvest the groves over the course of several months as the different varieties ripen. Take a look at the slide show to get an idea of what you will see if you take this drive soon.
The 32nd annual festival in Johnston will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop by to see what a country festival in America can be, and to enjoy this annual event.
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