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Cobden Peach Festival 2014

Cobden, Illinois is having their 77th Annual Peach Festival August 1-2, 2014 in celebration of the area's rich tradition of the sweet seasonal fruit.

The festival features family fun for all ages. Enjoy a queen pageant, parade, entertainment, games, a 5K and Fun Run, food and refreshments, and of course, peaches. There will be an opportunity to "Spin to Win" peaches during the festivities, which will be going on both Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 5pm. The festival is free to attend.

The queen pageant will get underway Friday with the swimsuit competition at 8pm and the evening gown portions at around 9pm. DJ Fast Eddie will be spinning tunes during Friday evening's activities.

Saturday will feature many of the headlining events. Starting off with a little fitness fun, the 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile Fun Run will be at 7:30am Saturday morning at the Community Park. Prizes will be awarded in several categories.

Saturday afternoon, find yourself at the parade featuring floats from many organizations, businesses, groups, and more! This year's theme is "Fun With Sports" in collaboration with "The Amazing Apploknockers" 50th anniversary and the recent Smithsonian Exhibit of Hometown Teams at the Union County Museum. If you want to be a part of the parade, they are accepting entries until just before it starts, or you can opt to sit and watch as they parade by. The parade kicks off at 4:30pm.

From 6-8pm, you can enjoy live music by Diamond Dog, who plays a wide array of retro rock dance party music. They will perform before the coronation of the 2014 Peach Festival Queen which will be at 9:15pm wrapping up the festival.

For more information, contact the Village of Cobden at (618) 893-2425 or at cobdenil.com.

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