Looking for something to do next weekend in the Scottsdale AZ area? Head on down to the final weekend of the Queen Creek Peach Festival 2011. The Queen Creek Peach Festival is an annual event that is held at Schenpf Farms, a great family-owned and operated working farm. The second and final weekend, May 21-22, of the Peach Festival will be taking place. The best part is that admission is free.
The gates open at 7:30AM for early birds and those hoping to beat the heat. You can head out to the orchard to pick as many peaches as you can carry and being back for payment. Or, if you want to just enjoy the peaches without the work, head over to the Peach Pancake breakfast and lunch which runs from 7:30AM to 2PM both days. Or, if you are getting a later start, burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches will be served between 11AM and 4PM.
In addition to these food items, there is a General Store that sells freshly-baked peach pies, cinnamon buns and other food and gift items. There are ample shaded picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy the food as well as the periodic live music. Various vendors are sprinkled throughout the area selling everything from children’s clothes to food items.
If you have little ones with you, there are many activities for them. There is a playground, a petting zoo with a lot of friendly goats, a hay bale maze and a farm animal area. And, from 10AM to 2PM, there is an amusement park for them as well. The “Back 40” has a rollercoaster, a honeybee ride, a huge slide, plane rides and more. You can buy individual rides for $3 each or simply buy a wristband for $10 that covers unlimited rides. In addition to all of this, there is a fun train that takes you all over the property and through the orchard. The train is $3 per person as well, unless you have the wristband and you are then covered.
Other events include:
Celebrity Chef Demo – 10AM both days
Peach Pit Spit and Pie Eating Contest – 1PM both days
We had the chance to attend and really had a good time. My recommendation would be to arrive early as many people want to experience such a fun event. Regardless, there was still plenty of room and lots of ways to have a great time.
Queen Creek Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms
24810 South Rittenhouse Road
Queen Creek, Arizona 85242
Information Line: (480) 987-3100