The 24th Olde Tyme Peach Festival is Saturday, Aug. 19, starting with a parade at 8:45 a.m. from Everett Meredith Middle School on South Broad Street to Main Street and Catherine Street.
Here are the events planned for the 24th Olde Tyme Peach Festival Saturday, Aug. 19 in Middletown. As always, all activities are free, courtesy of the Peach Festival sponsors and partners. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase.
The parade on Broad and Main streets begins at 8:45 a.m., at Everett Meredith Middle School on South Broad Street, then heads north to Main Street, and east on Main Street to Catherine Street. It always includes an exciting variety of bands, antique cars, fire equipment, costumed participants, performing groups, politicians, horses and color. Hosting the parade will be 92.9 TOM-FM and WDSD 94.7.
Middletown Historical Society Booth at Cochran Square
Volunteers from the Middletown High School Band Boosters will assist in selling peaches, and Peach Festival T-shirts and aprons. They will also help with information, directions, and recruiting members.
Historical Society Museum and Grounds at the Academy Building, 216 N. Broad St.
In the Museum:
Downstairs visit our two exhibits, “Reflections of Middletown,” an interesting collection of depictions of local people through the ages using various media, and a new one on daily life in Middletown 100 years ago, emphasizing our role in World War I, both in military service and on the home front. We have done lots of new research on all the men and women who served from this area.
Upstairs we have a new small exhibit called “Living Together” in which we explore the racial and ethnic history of this area. You can still visit the small exhibit we call “Downtown Abbey” to show what people wore and how they lived in the Middletown area during the 1910’s and 1920’s. Visit the permanent exhibits on the history of the local peach industry, and a recreation of a 19th century schoolroom where children can sit at old fashioned desks and practice cursive writing. There’s also a children’s touch-it room with old-fashioned toys.
After visiting our exhibits, be sure to request a coupon for a free peach (or vanilla) ice cream cone, courtesy of Hy-Point Dairies, a Peach Festival sponsor. Hy-Point Dairy Farms took part in our very first Peach Festival.
In the meeting room downstairs, the Jean Birch M.O.T. Senior Center will be selling whole pies and serving slices and desserts. Call 302-378-4758 for availability.
Buy the Arcadia Press nostalgic photo book “Middletown” and receive a one year free individual or family membership to the Middletown Historical Society.
Peach Festival T-shirts will be for sale.
The museum building is air conditioned, and has several restrooms open to the public. Handicapped accessibility to the first floor is via a ramp at the back of the building.
Rear parking lot:
A lot full of free children’s games, inflatables and fun is being provided by Jump on Over, our main Peach Festival booth sponsor on Cochran Square.
Step back in time and take a stroll on the front lawn with the Victorians of Virtue and Valor, who are dressed in 1860’s attire. Play games familiar to families of the Civil War period. Watch the soldiers drill as they practice firing their rifled muskets. Craft a kite to take home and fly when you catch a breeze. Make sun prints with your children as they learn about photography.
The Fort Delaware Society will provide literature and handouts on the sensational Civil War island stronghold.
The Fort Delaware Cornet Band will be in the parade and then will be giving two short concerts in front of the museum, one at 11 a.m. and one at 1p.m. The Fort Delaware Cornet Band is a crack musical organization that dresses in Civil War era uniforms and plays rousing period marches.
Grace Church, 13 Pennington St.
Special appearance at 11 a.m. by the Philadelphia Mummers’ Woodland String Band. Take pictures and selfies of yourself and the family with this celebrated and colorful band.
Grace Church is one of the best kept secrets at the Peach Festival. Grace features Gracious Entertainment which will include a mix of Praise Bands and acoustic style music.
Children should check out “J.P.’s Toy Station” and the bracelet craft table.
Everyone is welcome to drop in for a refreshing bottle of water, or sit and relax in our air-conditioned dining area, along with the comfort station.
Children, big and small should be on the lookout for our Misting Station, in front of the church on Pennington Street. Dogs are welcome to the Misting Station also – just make sure you bring your owner.
The Everett Theatre, 47 W. Main St.
Appearances by characters from “Madagascar” and free movies during the festival in air-conditioned comfort.
The Annex, next to The Everett Theatre
Women’s Resale Boutique in the Annex with all proceeds going towards The Everett and The Gibby.
The Gibby Center Gallery, 51 W. Main St.
Exhibits and demonstrations. Participate in the People's Choice exhibit, Midsummer Night's Dream, and the Art Raffle. Enjoy fresh peach cobbler. See student artwork and the Summer Art Camp Time Machine creation.
Volunteer Hose Company, 27 W. Green St.
The Middletown firefighters will host an open house that will showcase fire safety and best practices. The stunning VHC fire engines and equipment will be displayed along with demonstrations, and information. A comfort station is available.
Connection Community Church, 100 W. Green St., across from the firehouse
Enjoy the giant inflatables, obstacle courses, Bird Show at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and children’s activities and games both inside and out. You just can’t miss out on the popcorn, snow cones, ice cold water, clean restrooms, baby changing station, pet watering station, and air conditioned rest areas available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All free! All day! Just show up!
Boys and Girls Club, Main Street and Green Street
The Boys and Girls Club will again host an open house at their location near to Cochran Square. There will be children’s toys, activities and coloring books, offering parents and kids a chance to cool off in the air-conditioned building. A comfort station is available.
Talk with staff members about programs and activities available to your youngsters.
M.O.T. Jean Birch Senior Center, 300 S. Scott St.
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Pre-ordered pies may be picked up (must have receipt).
9 a.m. – Doors open for events including sales of gifts, gently used purses and jewelry, jams and jellies, homemade peach pies and peach desserts (get there early). Pies and desserts are also available at the Historical Society Museum on North Broad Street in the Academy building.
11 a.m. – Peach Pie Contest judging begins.
Outside at the bandstand, music will be performed throughout the day.
A Car Show will also be held with trophies for Best in Show, People’s Choice, Vintage Antique, Antique and Classic to be awarded by votes of attendees.
3 p.m. – Car Show trophies awarded.
Food and music
The Food Court is located near the town hall in the Green Street parking lot and in the parking lot of Church on Main, formerly Forest Presbyterian Church, while the Peach Music Café is located on Pennington Street.
For the schedule of music and dance performers, see the pages in the Middletown Transcript Festival Guide for Cochran Square, the Food Court and the Peach Music Café.
Parking and shuttle bus service
Parking with shuttle bus service will be available at Redding Middle School off of East Main Street (Route 299), at the Appoquinimink Public Library at 651 N. Broad St. and at the Dutch Country Farmers Market in the Middletown Shopping Center on North Broad Street.
Drivers are urged to use these three parking areas. Shuttle buses will circulate to these locations frequently and will be available from 8 a.m. through the close of the festival at 4:30 p.m. Please look for the shuttle signs for pick-up and drop-off locations.