BRIGHAM CITY — Peach Days has become synonymous with this Box Elder County town.
But, would you believe, it could have just as easily been “Brigham City’s Strawberry Days” that the community celebrates each year?
Monica Holdaway, executive director of the Box Elder Chamber of Commerce, said Peach Days started way back in 1904, as a way to promote a new breed of peach, the Early Elberta.
“They’d already been doing ‘Strawberry Days’ here, and it was already successful,” Holdaway said. “So they started ‘Peach Days’ to market the Early Elberta, and it’s the one that eventually stuck.”
Brigham City’s Peach Days hits town this weekend, bringing activities, entertainment and more peach-flavored treats than you can shake out of a tree.
“There’s fresh peach pie, Dutch-oven peach cobbler, and deep-fried peaches,” Holdaway said, the latter being a frozen peach dipped in cake batter and deep-fried, served with ice cream or whipped cream. “There’s also pulled-pork tacos with peach in them, peach smoothies, peach topping on our funnel cakes. And here at the chamber office, we sell peach taffy that everybody loves.”
The celebration started Wednesday with a book sale and the Junior Peach Queen Pageant. Thursday continues the book sale, with the Miss Brigham City Pageant at 6 p.m. in the Box Elder High School auditorium, and the melodrama “Littl’ Red and the Red Ryders in Troubled Times” at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center.
The heart of the Peach Days celebration will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8. Friday’s events include arts/crafts/food vendors from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on downtown Main Street and at the Brigham City Community Center at 24 N. 300 West.
“We have a little over 200 vendor booths, with more than 30 food vendors,” Holdaway said.
The Junior Parade takes place at 6 p.m. Friday on Main Street between 200 South and 300 North, and the City of Fun Carnival opens that evening on Forest Street. Other Friday events include a softball tournament, classic car fun run, lip sync battle, children’s activities, the melodrama at the Fine Arts Center, and Mothers of Mayhem playing at 8:30 p.m. on the Main Street Stage.
Saturday’s full day begins with the Fireman’s Association Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the fire station at 500 W. Forest. At 8 a.m. the softball tournament resumes, and the Peach Days Classic Tennis Tournament begins at the John Adams Tennis Courts, 500 East and 250 North.
“The biggest thing on Saturday is the parade,” Holdaway said. “We have 105 entries this year.”
The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, and runs along Main Street between 300 South and 600 North.
“Then, the minute the parade is over, everything goes crazy,” Holdaway said, with the vendors, carnival and more activities planned throughout the day.
A car show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at Watkins and Pioneer parks, at about 700 W. Forest St.
“It’s one of the largest car shows in the state, with over 900 cars coming,” Holdaway said. “It’s popular because it’s free to attend and free to participate in. Nobody pays to see it or exhibit their car in it.”
Musical entertainment is offered throughout the afternoon and evening on Saturday, with Party Rock Project anchoring the Main Street Stage at 7:30 p.m. that night. Party Rock Project is a local band that plays fun cover songs like Beach Boys tunes and holds contests for audience members. The evening concludes with a 9 p.m. performance of hypnotist Kerry Sharp.
“He’s known as the clean hypnotist,” Holdaway said. “He’s very family-friendly.”
Holdaway estimates Brigham City’s Peach Days attracts about 50,000 people each year.
“It at least doubles our population for the weekend,” she said.
Holdaway suggests that Peach Days visitors park at the Utah State University Brigham City campus — at 989 S. Main St. — and use the free UTA shuttle buses to get to and from Peach Days activities.
“Otherwise, you’ll be parking six blocks away and walking,” she said.
Holdaway also encourages visitors to make a full day out of Peach Days, driving along Utah’s Famous Fruit Way on U.S. 89 and stopping at the fruit stands along the way to or from the Brigham City celebration for all sorts of peach-related products.
“Some little know facts are that Pettingill’s makes fruit shakes, and at Tagge’s they have peach salsa and peach jam,” she said. “Plus, Maddox has peach pie, and every ice cream place in town is making peach ice cream for the weekend. We’re just excited for another great year at Peach Days.”
For more information, visit www.boxelderchamber.com/peach-days, or call 435-723-3931.