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Peach Fest finally returns

Peach Fest finally returns

Jack McLaughlin

Last year, the Lynd Fruit Farm Peach Fest was canceled due to COVID-19.

In 2019, a poor crop stopped the festival in its tracks.

This year, though, the peach haul at Lynd’s is booming.

Held on Aug. 14 and 15, the farm’s Peach Fest—located at 9399 Morse Rd. SW in nearby Pataskala—is a free celebration of the grower’s yearly crop.

“Don’t miss Peach Fest 2021 when we celebrate a record peach crop,” the farm’s website reads. “Wagons filled with pecks of Contender Peaches will supply shoppers with our favorite freestone peach of the season. We’ll offer samples of peach products inside the market and lots to do outside.”

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A freestone peach—as opposed to a clingstone variety—refers to fruit that’s easily removed from the pit, which makes them perfect for eating fresh.

This year’s Peach Fest also offers a host of other family-friendly activities.

A short drive down the farm’s S’miles of Sunflowers (9851 Morse Rd. SW) will give guests a chance to hop aboard a free wagon ride through select parts of the farm, including a sneak peek at its sunflower fields.

You can also pay to enter Lynd’s S’miles of Sunflowers ($8 per person or $20 per carload, with children three and under free) for a unique farm experience. Billed as one of Ohio’s largest sunflower fields, this 15-acre stretch of land holds 30 varieties of sunflowers that bloom at different times through the summer.

And did we mention apple cannons? Peach Fest attendees will be able to fire off some fruit at premade targets for a small fee. 

The weekend will also feature live music across both days, as well a variety of on-site food options for purchase, including local homemade peach pie, Dandy’s peach coolers (made with fresh fruit from Lynd’s), Rick’s Rockin’ BBQ, and Poppy’s Roadside Diner.

And with fall coming soon, apples are right around the corner. We hear this year’s crop is going to be a great one, too.

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