The 42nd annual Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival closed Sunday with attendance for the three-day event possibly the highest ever, chairman Timothy C. Beach said.
Joelle Karch of North Tonawanda was crowned Peach Queen at the closing pageant Sunday night. The crowning occurred on the Artpark stage, capping a picture-perfect third day of the celebration of the peach.
Miss Karch, 19, receives a scholarship award from the festival sponsors, the Lewiston Kiwanis Club, as well as gift certificates and savings bonds.
Runners-up are: first, Sonya Raby, 20, of Youngstown; second, Cassie Costanzo, 17, of Lewiston; third, Kelley Jeckovich, 19, of Wheatfield; and fourth, Shannon Morales, 17, of North Tonawanda.
Danielle Dworzanski, 7, of Wheatfield won the Peach Blossom contest in Saturday judging at the festival. An Errick Road School second-grader, she is the daughter of Allen and Sue Dworzanski.
The festival does not charge admission, so attendance must be estimated based on the amount of ride tickets and food sold.
"I think we broke some records," Beach said. "We have no way to track, but I think we had more than 50,000 for the weekend."
The festival was held for the first time on Artpark's upper terrace, after 41 years in Academy park on Center Street. Also for the first time, a parking lot was available, although cars lined all of the streets leading to the grounds.