Kiwanis Club of Lewiston President the Rev. Tom Mason announced Alan Hastings was named chairman of the 2016 Niagara County Peach Festival. The 59th annual Lewiston event will take place Sept. 9-11 at Academy Park on Center Street.
Hastings, president of Hastings Hospitality and owner of The Silo Restaurant, has been a member of the Lewiston Kiwanis Club for 15 years. He has been involved with the annual Peach Festival in one capacity or another over that time, but this is his first year as chairman.
"It is my sincere pleasure to serve as general chairman for the 59th annual Niagara County Peach Festival," Hastings said. "It's been an honor to work with a fine group of dedicated members, volunteers and sponsors with the shared goal to drive the festival forward, while keeping true to its original values and longstanding traditions. Once again, 100 percent of the proceeds of this festival will go to local community organizations and nonprofits to enrich and support other Western New Yorkers."
He noted, "New this year will be a focus on Niagara County vendors, identifiable by special signage so that visitors to the Peach Festival will have the opportunity to choose to experience vendors from our own backyard for an authentic Niagara County experience! In addition, we will be hosting a competition, challenging vendors to come up with a new and exciting way to use peaches in dishes, drinks and desserts that are sure to impress those with creative pallets. We hope you will enjoy spending some time exploring a taste of what Niagara County has to offer."
The Niagara County Peach Festival is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston and, again this year, will feature its famous peach shortcake made with locally grown peaches from Bittner Singer Orchards. The Peach Festival will also feature 40 carnival rides, a peach recipe competition, 22 food vendors, the famous Peach Queen pageant, Peach Blossom and Peach Fuzz contests, a Saturday parade, cheerleading contest, 5K run and live entertainment.
The Peach Festival has raised close to $1 million since 1958 for local charities. For more information, visitlewistonpeachfestival.org.