Last year I posted a roundup of upcoming watermelon festivals, and it seemed to come in handy for a lot of readers, so I’m doing it again this year. Below is a listing of some of the larger festivals, but if I’m missing any (and I’m sure I am), leave a comment and I’ll add it ASAP.
This is only a very short list of all the watermelon festivals out there. For a much longer list, visit the National Watermelon Promotion Board website. I should also point out that the highlights listed below for each festival are only the watermelon-related highlights. Most of these festivals have other things going on, like live music, craft fairs and other fun and games for the whole family.
LOCATION: Hampton, South Carolina
HIGHLIGHTS: Melon Miss & Master Pageant, watermelon eating contest, watermelon growing contest, parade
LOCATION: Luling, Texas
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon contest, coronation of watermelon queen, watermelon eating contest, champion watermelon auction, world championship watermelon seed spitting contest
LOCATION: DeRidder, Louisiana
HIGHLIGHTS: “Cutting of the Melon” kick-off event, celebrity seed spitting contest
LOCATION: Pageland, South Carolina
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon eating contest (right)
LOCATION: Mize, Mississippi
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon eating contest, greased watermelon race (I’m praying that someone captures this event on video)
LOCATION: Farmerville, Louisiana
HIGHLIGHTS: watermelon seed spitting contest, largest watermelon contest, watermelon decorating, watermelon hunt, watermelon auction, watermelon quality and tasting competition, arm wrestling contest (I know the last event isn’t watermelon-related, but an arm wrestling contest is pretty cool, so I gave it a mention)
LOCATION: Hope, Arkansas
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon Olympics (with a watermelon toss, among other events), a seed spitting contest, “Watermelon Idol” talent show, watermelon eating contest.
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