There’ll be no peach festival, but Palisade peaches available

The Palisade Chamber of Commerce has canceled the 2020 Palisade Peach Festival. But at least one part of the annual festival will go on — the opportunity to eat fresh Palisade peaches.

Andrew Weber, executive director of the Palisade chamber, said there were efforts to find a way to operate the festival in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but a commitment to public health prevailed.

“We appreciate Jeff Kuhr, executive director of Mesa County Public Health Department, and his staff for their dedication and hard work to minimize the COVID-19 and for working with the business community to enable economic activity as much as possible. We appreciate the Town of Palisade for their extensive assistance in our efforts,” Weber said. “We at the chamber feel the need to do all we can on our part to be vigilant in the interest of the health of our valley.”

Weber also thanked American Furniture Warehouse, the presenting sponsor of the festival, as well as major sponsors Grand Valley National Bank, Happy Camper and Safeway for their continued support.

While there will be no peach festival this year, there are peaches, Weber said. That’s despite crop losses and reduced harvests as a result of the freeze in April.

“We encourage all to visit and purchase Palisade peaches from our local growers, their stands and farmers markets. We have never postponed a festival due to a peach freeze and did not this year. There are Palisade peaches locally, and let us celebrate by having a peach.”