Peach Blossom History
The festival was started over fifty years ago as a joint effort between the Speech Communication and Theater Arts Departments at CSU, Fresno. The festival was created to help emphasize on youth the importance of reading literature aloud, to teach them about interpretation, performance, how to be an audience member, and to give them an opportunity to visit a university campus. Since conception, the festival has grown tremendously and now attracts schools from as far north as Livingston and as far south as Delano.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 festival season was the first year that we were not able to welcome students to our University campus, but we were excited to bring the festival to viewers in their homes and classrooms.
Peach Blossom Today
Today the festival is solely run by students of the Communication department, who are selected based on their attitude, responsibility, dedication, and personality. The festival committee members have lots of fun putting on the festival and are very proud of the impact they have on the central valley students every year. Some students return for all four years of their Fresno State education, to continuously hone and improve our event with their experiences, and to coach the next generation of Peach Blossom team members.
Many of our directors were Peach Blossom attendees in elementary school, served on the team as students, judged the festival as graduate students and faculty members, and now supervise the student team. Our future event directors are probably in your class, so we can’t wait to watch the performances that will inspire them for years to come.