It's peach season in Arizona!
Schnepf Farms' annual Peach Festival returns May 13-14 & 20-21.
Carrie Schnepf filled us in on a few of the new additions and attractions to this year's festival. Here are 5 things you need to know before you go:
NEW ADMISSION FEE
New this year, Schnepf Farms will charge admission to its Peach Festival. Admission will be $10 on Friday, May 12 as it corresponds with Vintage Days, an upscale national vintage market. Admission for all other days will be $5. There is no charge to park. Kids 12 and under are FREE.
If you plan on going multiple days, a weekend pass is available for $10.
Admission gets you into the festival. The rides, food and U-pick peaches are additional costs.
VINTAGE MARKET DAYS
Also, new this year, Vintage Market Days will coincide with the Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms. The market showcases vintage-style products from national vendors and businesses.
The market runs May 12-14 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $10 on Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday. Admission gets you into the market and the peach festival.
NEW ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT
Here is what is new to the Peach Festival this year:
- The place to pick up pies and peaches has been moved closer to the entrance
- A DJ will entertain guests on the Main Stage with music, games and contests
- A waterslide has been added
- Guests will be able to drop their peaches off at a "Peach Check" and enjoy the other activities
- New orchards open during the second week of the festival, May 20-21
- Misting tents and fans will be set up around the farm
The farm's regular attractions including rides and petting zoo will be open. Rides are $3 each or $15 for an all-you-can-ride wristband. U-Pick peaches are $2.20 per pound.
WHAT IS THERE TO EAT?
Since it's a peach festival, you're going to encounter a lot of Peach-themed treats. The on-site bakery sells giant Peach-filled cinnamon rolls and pies. There is also peach salsa, preserves, syrup, licorice, and granola.
The Peachy Pancake Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. on festival days, Saturday and Sunday. The breakfast comes in two sizes -- small and large -- and includes a pancake, sausage, fresh peaches and a drink. The cost is $7 for a small and $12 for a large. The large comes with two pancakes and sausages.
ALLOW EXTRA DRIVE TIME AND PARKING
Schnepf Farms is located along Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek. It's a two-lane road. As many people make their way to the farm for the festival, Rittenhouse does get backed up with traffic. You will want to allow for extra time.
Visit www.SchnepfFarms.com for further details on the festival, ride wristbands and schedule.
IF YOU GO:
Schnepf Farms Peach Festival (May 13-14, 20-21)
24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek AZ 85142
Festival hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.