Former Peach Blossom performer helps organize 62nd year of festival

Pader Vue

In 2007, Pader Vue stepped foot on Fresno State’s campus for the first time for the Peach Blossom Festival.

“I felt so excited coming to Fresno State as a fourth-grader,” Vue recalled. “My older sister went to Fresno State, so I was bragging that as a fourth-grader, I was already going to college.” 

Thirteen years later, Vue is now one of the Communication Department students hosting the 62nd annual Peach Blossom Festival on March 12 and 13

Burrel Union Elementary School children from Riverdale, California perform at the 2019 Peach Blossom Festival.
Burrel Union Elementary School children from Riverdale, California, perform at the 2019 Peach Blossom Festival.

Over 6,000 students from elementary schools all over the Valley, from as far north as Livingston and as far south as Delano, will be participating in the festival. The festival was created to allow children the opportunity to have a positive experience on a college campus while allowing them to appreciate and perform through oral interpretations.

Teams of students run the festival with oversight from faculty directors Christina Wells and Elise Barba. Vue, who is now a junior at Fresno State, is on the T-shirts team that is responsible for designing and ordering shirts for the big day. 

“I wanted to join Peach Blossom due to taking Christina Wells’ “Comm 164” class. Once she said, ‘Peach Blossom,’ memories started popping up in my head from fourth grade,” Vue said. 

Vue said her experience in fourth grade, as one of the thousands of elementary school students to perform literature, is informing her current role in organizing the festival.

“I learned that my mentality has to be to think like the kids who are participating. As adults, we want the festival to be perfect, but as kids, they just want to have fun and if it’s fun for them, then it is something they will always remember.”

Pader Vue
Pader Vue

Peach Blossom Festival sessions are at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on March 12, and at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon on March 13.

For more information on the 62nd annual Peach Blossom, visit peachblossomfestival.com or call 559.278.4419.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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