There were attendees from all over California, as well as some from out of the country, walking the streets of downtown Marysville during the final day of the 21st annual Marysville Peach Festival on Saturday.

Heading into the weekend, DeeDee Efstratis-Brady said the event’s turnout was up from the record 2019 event – the 2020 Peach Festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have had a phenomenal turnout,” Efstratis-Brady said. “Turnout was up 50 percent. It’s not just an event for the locals anymore.”

Efstratis-Brady noted that a Los Angeles family ventured back up to Marysville two years after their first visit to ring in the 21st edition of the Peach Festival. There were also attendees from Sacramento, Roseville and the Bay Area on Saturday.

Those that attended had plenty to do, Efstratis-Brady said, including food and entertainment vendors from First to Sixth streets in downtown Marysville, as well as a kids’ zone and carnival on Second Street.

“Lots of stuff for the kids to do and great food for everybody,” Efstratis-Brady said. 

There were also many first-timers, including a family from Vallejo who made the trip last-minute.

“We were looking for something to do,” said Caitlin Ethridge, of Vallejo.

After arriving in Marysville for the first time, Ethridge said her daughter, Maisie, 5, really enjoyed all the consignment stores along D Street.

“She’s been to every one,” said Ethridge while taking a break by the snow cone machine during Saturday’s event.

Ethridge said she and her family have really taken advantage of the state’s reopening by getting out to new places before gearing up for Maisie’s return to an in-person kindergarten in the fall.

In addition to snow cones, the peach-flavored food was also a major hit on Saturday. The peach popper booth run by Jorge and Alexia Frias of Marysville stayed busy throughout the event.

Jorge Frias said he had sold about 700 poppers by about midday Saturday. He had made a 1,000 total for the festival.

“I didn’t make enough,” he said.

Frias said the poppers’ main ingredients were Philadelphia cream cheese, diced peaches, green onion and two full cups of bacon. A fried shell holds it all in, he said. 

Near the popper booth were several cold treats that one family from Sacramento was enjoying.

Jenny Russ, a Russian native currently living in Sacramento, said it was her first time visiting Marysville, though it won’t be her last.

Russ’ daughter, Zarina, was savoring her ice cream cone treat while the family figured out their next move downtown. Russ said she is a fan of small-town festivals and wouldn’t be opposed to moving to an area like Marysville one day.

“It’s nice,” Russ said. “A big city doesn’t have anything like this, except for the state fair but that is out of control.”

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