The South Carolina Peach Festival begins in Gaffney as a salute to the peach industry with a kick-off at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, 225 S. Limestone St., featuring delicious peach dessert contest on July 17 and a live band. A pet dog contest starts the afternoon at the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum at 301 S Johnson St. Thursday evening is New Talent Night at Fullerton Auditorium of Limestone College. Friday offers a Golf Tournament and the beginning of the Family Fest downtown at noon in Gaffney through Saturday until 5pm including Carnival Rides, Arts and Crafts, lots of Food Vendors and Commercial Vendors. At the Family Fun Fest for your musical enjoyment there will be three area bands playing a variety of music. BBQ Cook-Off and Corn Hole competitions Saturday. Saturday, July begins early with 7:30am Road Races through historic Gaffney immediately followed at 10am with the SC Peach Festival Parade. Saturday evening concert at Lake Welchel feature prominent music artists for the Peach Jam. A Peach Festival Beauty Pageant on Friday at Fullerton Auditorium at Limestone College. Entry form and information is available on the website. The SC Peach Festival is bringing back the Mud Bog on Saturday at Lake Whelchel. Entry forms and more information for all events will be available on the SC Peach Festival website. There's something for everyone to enjoy at this year's festival!