Livesay Orchards Closed Thursday as Porter Peach Festival Begins – FOX23 News

PORTER, Okla. – Livesay Orchards was not open on the first day of the 56th annual Porter Peach Festival due to a significantly damaged peach crop.

Although the orchard has suffered significant crop damage in the past, Kent Livesay, one of the co-owners of Livesay Orchards, said at the start The May hailstorm was to blame this year. Due to a crop loss of approximately 90%, the orchard only sells limited quantities of peaches on Friday and Saturday.

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Kent Livesay told FOX23, “This is the third year in the last five years that we’ve had harvests below 15%.

Livesay said he expects to harvest the peaches until September if you can’t do it this weekend.

Wagoner County Emergency Management and the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office will be on duty at the festival. Emergency Management Director Heath Underwood said he expects the greatest need to be for heat-related issues. There will also be more security this year.

“We’ve added more security, more law enforcement here just because of the way the world is right now, so we’ve added a few more armed guards here, so we’ll have armed sheriff’s deputies. here,” Underwood said.

Livesay said he expects to harvest the peaches until September if you can’t do it this weekend. A full festival itinerary can be found here. Peach supply updates can be found here.

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