BRIGHAM CITY -- New rules and a host of volunteers helped this year's Peach Days parade run just as smooth as a cold, peach shake.
Monica Holdaway, executive director of the Brigham City Chamber of Commerce, said all parade entrants who wanted to distribute candy were required to take up the rear of the parade, and they could not throw from motorized vehicles.
These changes took place after a parade-related accident last year, and it paid off. Holdaway said there were no accidents reported this year. In addition, Holdaway said there were 130 entries this year, but the parade was over by about 11:30 a.m., so saving the distribution of candy and other items until the end also shaved 30 minutes to an hour off the length of the parade.
"The candy at the end was a good idea because we didn't have to worry about our kids so much," said LeAnn Jensen, of Brigham City.
While the parade was a success, Holdaway said the most memorable part of this year's Peach Day's celebration was the Peach Queen pageant.
"There were 21 participants this year," she said. "I don't know who recruited them all but we haven't had that many since 1983, so that is what I will remember."
Holdaway said somewhere between 50,000 and 70,000 people attend Peach Days each year. This is up from the 10,000 who attended 100 years ago.
According to the Utah State Historical Society, William Wrighton planted the first peach trees in Brigham City in the spring of 1856 and they bore their first fruit in 1858.
Others followed his lead and by 1907 peaches and other fruits were a thriving industry in and around Brigham City.
That year, 110 railcars of Elberta peaches were shipped out in a two-week period and another 30 carloads were sent out in smaller wagon shipments.
The first Peach Days celebration was held in 1904 and was originally an event planned by stake authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.