Updated 07/20/2012 05:51 PM
Peach season in full swing across NC
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GREENSBORO, N.C.--North Carolina's Peach season has begun, bringing people from all over the state to enjoy this year's abundant crop.
Officials attribute the harvest to the mild winter and spring rains. Many peach lovers were on hand for Friday's Peach Day, at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market.
There were free samples everywhere.
"They sell great, all you have to do is make sure you get some ripe ones, so you can give people a taste, they're going to buy them,'' said Noland Ashe with Johnson's Peaches.
Last year North Carolina produced close to 5,000 tons of peaches, bringing in over $5 million to the state's economy. For many, this summer fruit is a taste of nostalgia.
"Peaches always remind me of long trips to Carolina Beach, we always stopped at Candor, and stocked up on peaches to take to the beach,'' said Star Cromer.
While people were buying peaches to slice and eat, there was also a cooking contest. The First Prize in the cooking contest went to Ashley Nichols, for a Peach Almond Cake. There was also peach pie and peach cupcakes.
"They were probably the best cupcakes I ever ate.'' said Lindsey Hearne, the 2012 N.C. Peach Queen.
The Candor resident works in the summer selling peaches.
"It's probably the best job anybody could have, I love, love being around it,'' said Hearne.
The annual North Carolina Peach Festival is Saturday in Candor. It starts at 10:00 a.m. with a parade. It runs until 3:00 p.m. in the town's park, with entertainment, a peach cooking contest and a 5K run.