Where will we perform?
Your student’s assigned performance space will be determined by the type of selection they are presenting. Large groups will usually present on stages or in performance halls, and smaller groups and individual performers will perform in classrooms all over our campus!
When will we know where we are performing?
Generally, the schedule and performance locations will be posted one week prior to the festival. Although we post a “final” schedule, make sure parents check with the Information booth the morning of the Festival. Sometimes, to all of our dismay, the university can change available rooms up to the night before the Festival. All committee members will have an up-to-date schedule – just ask, to make sure of room assignments!
Can we perform in a room close to the parking lot?
As much as we would love to accommodate this request – the truth is we book every free room on campus. We can’t promise a particular room on campus.
How can parents find their children the day of the Festival? (*VERY IMPORTANT!*)
The important things for parents to know are 1) the name of the school and 2) the SELECTION (name of the piece of literature) – you can go to the Information booth outside on the day of the event, and ask any Team Member for a map and where their school is performing. Unfortunately, many parents come not knowing the name of the selection their child is performing, and get frustrated with our team for not knowing the selection and room in which their child is performing. For the privacy and safety of your students, our team only records the first name of individual presenters, so it is important for parents to know the actual name of the selection – if not, you could be sent to three or four locations, potentially missing your child’s performance, which we seek to avoid at all costs.
We try to make sure our committee will know all of the possible variations of your school name but it will greatly streamline our process if parents can also identify the correct name of the school (Ex. does your school go by White Elementary or Eric White Elementary? – the city might also be very helpful!)
Registration & Check In
Can we register online?
Yes! You now can submit your registration online. Please follow the orange REGISTER NOW button in the upper right hand corner of the website to fill out the form online. You may also register by downloading the form and mailing in your registration form and payment. Write all checks payable to FRESNO STATE. Payment is due by February 15.
Where do we mail payment?
California State University, Fresno
ATTN: Peach Blossom Festival
5201 N. Maple Ave. Mail Stop SA 46
Fresno, CA 93740-8027
What if we don’t know the selection titles when we register?
You can still register! Let us know how many students are going to attend the festival – we can fill in the rest of the information later. Just make sure we have all of your selection titles by February 25.
Will we receive confirmation of our registration?
Yes, but the format will vary based on how you registered. If you register online (the quickest and easiest way to register), you will receive a confirmation email verifying that we have received it. If you register by mail, you will receive a courtesy call from a member of our team to notify you of your session assignments once that information is available to us.
If I pay with a personal check can I get a receipt so my school will reimburse me?
Absolutely! We will give all schools a receipt of their payment in their registration packet on the day of the Festival. If you need it prior to the festival, email our registration team at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do our best to get that emailed to you as soon as we are able.
Why doesn’t someone answer the phone when I call the Peach Blossom Festival phone number?
Because our team is comprised of dedicated students and faculty members who all attend and instruct courses on campus! We generally try to make sure the office is occupied by team members from 9 – 5 Monday through Friday, but there are times when our team is out on campus earning their degrees! Go Bulldogs!
If you call our office and reach our voicemail inbox, please leave us a detailed message including: 1) your name, 2) your school, 3) a number you can be reached at during and after school hours, and 4) a brief statement of your question or concern, so we can direct your message to the right members of our team. Please give us 24 to 48 hours to return your call.
How do we check in?
On the day of the festival, only the teacher can officially check in a school. Inside the lobby of the John Wright Theater (which is in the Speech Arts building) the teacher can officially check in their school and receive their registration packets containing all of their submitted information, important judging forms, campus map, and buttons for presenters.
When should we arrive for our session?
We have a BIG campus. In order for you and your students to make it to their sessions on time and not feel rushed, it is recommended that you arrive 30-45 minutes before your scheduled performance time. This will allow time in case there is a line at Registration, and time for bathroom breaks and student-herding to your assigned performance spaces. 😉
So what does the day of the Festival look like, really?
For a teacher: You will arrive to our campus, and prioritize getting to the John Wright Theater (JWT) in the Speech Arts building. Head to our registration table and provide one of our team members with the name of your school and the session you are scheduled for (#1-6). We will give you your Festival packet with all important information inside. From there, you can use your included campus map and any chaperones you brought with you to get your students to their performance spaces on time. After your session concludes, make sure to collect your students’ evaluation forms from the judges in the room, and head on back to the JWT to visit our Certificates table. There, you will collect Evaluation certificates to present to your students along with their performance feedback. After that, your only job is to keep watch over your students and enjoy our beautiful campus. We encourage you to visit our Athletes Pavilion right outside the theater to meet our outstanding and award winning student athletes, who will be signing autographs both days of the Festival!
For a parent: Arrive on campus and head in the direction of the Speech Arts building (SA on a campus map). You will find canopies, swarms of happy children and our Team Members, so you will know you are in the right place! Try to arrange a meeting place ahead of time with your child’s teacher, so you will be able to meet up with your school and head to the performance locations together. There will also be an Information Booth on the day of the event where our team will only be able to look up your child’s performance location by SCHOOL NAME and SELECTION TITLE, so make sure you have both of those bits of information before heading to campus. Once you’ve found your school or determined your child’s location, all that remains is to head there (using a campus map, available at the Information Booth) and enjoy watching the result of all your child’s amazing work!
How much are shirts?
$10. (CASH ONLY on the day of the festival.)
Can we write one check for registration and our t-shirts?
Yes! They are made payable to the same name: “Fresno State.”
On the day of the festival only cash will be accepted for t-shirts.
Can we pick up our t-shirts prior to the festival?
Yes! We will have your t-shirts in the Peach Blossom office (Speech Arts 104) at Fresno State starting on the Monday prior to the festival – please call us ahead at(559) 278-4419 to make sure a committee member will be in the office at the time you will arrive.
Can we bring our own t-shirts?
Yes! Schools often want to show their school pride at the festival so their students will stand out and can be easily found in the crowd. The only thing we must request is that your T-Shirts do not use the name Peach Blossom Festival, Fresno State, and/or California State University, Fresno. Please only use your own school name. University regulations govern this but in addition, T-Shirt sale revenue is how we are able to continue sponsoring this festival year after year, even in trying times.
Why don’t the t-shirts come in certain colors?
We are well aware that some schools do not allow certain colors, slogans, or emblems. Although we cannot accommodate all requests, we will always post a photo of the t-shirt design in advance of the festival and pre-order deadline, so that teachers can decide if the shirt will be appropriate for their students.
What happened to the art contest for the students?
Unfortunately, we had a lack of interest in our art contest on the part of participating schools. The last year we included it, we only had two schools out of a registered 200 submit designs, and just didn’t feel the contest was very representative of the festival anymore. 🙁 Someday, we may bring back the contest, but in the meantime we all benefit from the amazing creativity from our student T-Shirt team, who design, order, package, and sell the shirts during the Festival every year.
Parking, Business, & Lunches
Where can we park our buses?
Save Mart Center Lots 1 & 2 signs will direct your bus drivers where to go on the day of the festival.
Where can we drop off our students?
There is a roundabout when entering campus off of Maple and Shaw, where buses will drop off students, and proceed to park in Save Mart Center Lot 1.
Where can our parents park?
If you would like to park on campus, please expect to pay $3 a car. This year, you can streamline your process by visiting https://m2.paybyphone.com/register/account and using location code 5446. Be prepared when purchasing online to create a free account, and provide your License Plate # to match with your permit. Parents can also pay the $3 fee at one of the daily meters and park in the Green parking spaces, but traffic can get very backed up at the permit dispenser, so plan ahead. Caution: Avoid the designated yellow parking stalls – they are reserved for university staff and will result in a parking ticket.
Can you store our lunches?
Yes! We will have a station set up inside the John Wright Theater (where you check in) to keep an eye on your ice chests. Please clearly mark all boxes and ice chests. We will have student assistants at the station so that you can check in your lunches for safe keeping, and check them back out at lunch time.
Can we eat at a restaurant on campus?
Absolutely! The student union offers options including Subway, Taco Bell, Robertito’s, Panda Express, and even a smoothie bar. Keep in mind that the college is in session, so this area may be crowded at lunch time. In the interest of time, we strongly suggest bringing sack lunches and finding a nice shady spot – after all, our campus is beautiful in the spring!