Brief History of Chilton County
Chilton County is located in the central part of Alabama with a population of approximately 40,000. It was created December 30, 1968 by the Alabama legislature with land taken from Autauga, Bibb, Perry, and Shelby Counties. The Coosa River forms the Eastern boundary of the county. Originally named Baker County, in honor of Alfred Baker, a prominent citizen, it was renamed Chilton in honor of Chief Justice William Parish Chilton on December 17, 1874.
Enjoying mild winters and warm summers, Chilton County boasts a climate hospitable to peach-growing, and has made the peach industry a mainstay of its economy. At its peak, there were as many as 10,000 acres of peach orchards in Chilton County.
Each June the Chilton County Peach Festival is held to promote the local peach industry. The festival has grown into a week-long celebration including: a Peach Pageant, a Peach Art Show, a Peach Parade, and a Peach Auction.
The Peach Auction showcases Chilton County peach growers, who bring their finest peaches for judging on size, color, quality, and taste. The top ten growers are awarded cash prizes, and the winning baskets, along with all other baskets that were entered, are auctioned to the highest bidder.
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