Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Generations of Gilbert residents were hard at work today preparing for the 59th annual Peach Festival.

"I know nothing on the Fourth of July other than the peach festival," said Alison Harman, a volunteer,

Harman says the Gilbert community coming out to prepare for the Peach Festival is a tradition that faced uncertainty after this past winter.

"It was as soon as we had that freeze the peach festival volunteers got talking and we realized we were not going to have the early crop of peaches," Harman said.

Harman says they thought they'd have to make their delicacies with out of state peaches for the first time ever.

"We were going to have to outsource actually from Idaho, however our local farms came through and we were able to get the peaches we need," Harman said, "They are absolutely gorgeous, they are going to taste delicious."

Because at the end of the day, these volunteers say it's South Carolina pride that fuels this festival and that celebrating the sweet taste of freedom wouldn't be the same without the sweet South Carolina peach.

Their 4th of July festival starts tomorrow at 9 AM in the Gilbert Community Park.